Staying warm during college can be a difficult task. You likely spend long hours in classes, then come home to study for that big test tomorrow. It’s easy to let your energy levels fall and neglect yourself – at least until it’s too cold outside. 

Here are a few ideas of things college students can do to stay warm this winter:

  • Bundle up! Don’t overdo it with the clothes though, you’ll eventually get too hot. Even as the wind whips through campus you need not worry as long as you have something on your legs and arms. Socks, gloves, and scarves should be worn anytime there is a chill in the air.
  • If you don’t already wear one regularly, invest in a jacket that’s waterproof and windproof. It’ll keep you warm even when it feels like the whole world is working against you – which Ohio weather makes it very likely to be the case.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, nothing major but making sure to stay hydrated will help your body fight off illness and make it through increasingly cold days. Caffeine should be limited (if not nonexistent) however as too much can actually cause you to lose heat more quickly!
  • Keep the thermostat in your college house or apartment set above sixty degrees Fahrenheit. Winter months are bound to bring with them harsh feelings, so why contribute with unnecessary heating if everyone is going to be uncomfortable?
  • Avoid walking on cold grass if possible. Even as it lightly ices over college students should not take the risk unless they absolutely have no other choice. Walking on ice increases the chances of slipping and falling which can result in serious injuries such as breaking bones or spraining muscles, both of which are too common during Ohio winters.
  • Don’t forget to eat! You may not feel hungry during college but eating is one of the best ways to stay warm. A well-balanced meal for lunch or dinner can provide you with plenty of energy necessary to make it through the day before another long night begins.
  • College students should avoid the temptation to do their studying outside of college buildings or dorms. Libraries and coffee shops provide plenty of heat without subjecting yourself to the harsh coldness that can make winter unbearable for college students.

Staying warm during college can be tricky, but with some effort college students are bound to make it through winter without becoming ill. Bundle up, stay hydrated, and keep some hot tea or soup on hand for those particularly cold days – you’ll make it through every college class.