How to survive a typical British winter
Since moving to the UK, you may have noticed that the weather here can be pretty varied.
Especially in the winter months!
Whether you are from China, Germany, the USA or elsewhere, it can be difficult to adapt to the British weather and keep up with the constant changes in temperature.
One thing that keeps you on your toes is that no two days will be the same. Monday could be like a bright summer's day, Tuesday icy and Wednesday constant rain. Don't worry, British people struggle to keep up too!
Here are some things we suggest that you buy to survive a typical British winter:
1. A winter coat
This can be expensive but it will be worth it when you're nice and warm on your walk to university or when you're waiting for the bus. Puffer jackets and parkas are great options, and the majority of shops in the UK sell them, so you'll be spoilt for choice.
2. Lots of layers
Underneath your coat, the best way to stay warm is by wearing lots of layers that will retain your body heat. Now is the time to invest in long-sleeved tops, jumpers, hoodies, cosy sweatpants and thermals!
3. Woolly accessories
What are your favourite shoes? If you typically wear trainers or boots, wear a pair of thick woolly socks with them. The socks will keep your feet warm and dry in the rain, snow and even ice! Don't forget a hat, scarf and gloves too - you shouldn't leave the house without them in winter!
4. An umbrella
As the winter months over here can be a little wet, we'd advise getting an umbrella - loads of shops sell them. The sturdier the umbrella the better, because it can often be rainy and windy at the same time in the UK.
5. A hot water bottle
We like to keep our FRESH accommodation cosy for you, but if you're still feeling a bit cold (or want something to keep your warm during lectures) then using a hot water bottle is a good idea. Remember not to use boiling water though!
6. Buy a slow cooker
After a long and cold day, you want to eat something that will warm you up, and that's when you need to use a slow cooker. Just throw some ingredients into it on a morning and your dinner will be ready to eat in the evening. You can make stews, casseroles, soups and much more!
It can be difficult adapting to new surroundings and a new culture, but we hope that this makes life that little bit easier for you!
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