As winter rolls around, Australians new to British winters may be dreading the drop in temperature we will see in the coming months. But, no fear, there are multiple steps Aussies abroad can take to wrap up and stay warm, dreaming of sunnier days.
Unfortunately, there will be days where you have to brave the weather and enter into the unknown cold. So, you should do your best to find the warmest and most comfortable clothing.
It all starts with the jacket or coat. You want to have the warmest outer layer that retains heat, and if ideal it should not look too out of fashion. In this case, you may want to go with a work jacket or body warmers. Work clothes and work boots can always be repurposed, and if it keeps the workman warm then it should also keep you warm during your commute or travel to the shops.
engelbert strauss offers a collection of work boats that will keep your toes warm in the wet, cold British winter. They may look more suited for a workman, but if it keeps them warm then it should keep an Australian warm too. They also have workwear, including pants and jackets, to keep you cozy in the dark days of winter. From workwear jeans to softshell jackets, you can stock up your wardrobe with comfortable and warm clothing.
Once you have a coat, you might want to still go all the way to keep yourself warm and take it a step further than boots and jackets. Long underwear may be too extreme for some, but you will want to have some warm socks, trousers, and hats to keep your whole body at a comfortable temperature.
And of course, it can snow, it may not be significant for some, but many Australians have little to no experience with snow or ice. So, some boots with a good grip can go a long way to preventing any potential embarrassment caused by slipping and hurting yourself.
Other than clothing, another tip would be to familiarize yourself with the quickest walking route to your public transportation spots. You will want to know the timetables for your bus or train and arrive at the correct time to minimize your time in the cold.
When you don’t have to brave they outside, it’s wise to stay indoors and enjoy the heat there. While you might not want to break the bank on your heating bill, you can still do several things to keep your home or flat warmer.
Before anything else, you should examine your home or flat for any cracks or leaks in windows that will let cold air in. Insulating your home better will keep your rooms and you warmer and potentially cut down your energy allowing you to invest in some thicker blankets.
You can also do a free online energy audit, to see if there are any ways you can maximize your home heating. You might use more heat than the average Brit, so checking your boiler, insulation, and heater are up to snuff will more effectively heat your home.
If all else fails and you still feel cold under your pillows with your heat cranked up, then you may need to take the extra step and buy a space heater. Maybe your bedroom is too chilly, and you need that room heated at just the perfect temperature.
Also feel free to ask your neighbours or new British friends on how they deal with the cold. At first, it may raise some eyebrows and get some laughs, but they are likely to have a few tips for those new to a British winter.
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