Walking in a winter wonderland

25 Apr

The Christmas carol ‘winter wonderland’ has misled me on my first ever winter. While it does not snow in Melbourne, it certainly does get cold. Sure, there may be colder places around the world, but I am from Darwin and anything below 25 degrees is icy.

I have a theory that if humans were supposed to live in such cold climates, they would have fur. Similar to the coat of a polar bear. However, I am not a scientist and I do live in Melbourne. So that’s my own theory shot!

So should you find yourself in a winter wonderland, here’s three things you’ll need to make it through.

Base coat

I have gone from zero to five jackets since I moved to Melbourne. It's been 3 months :S

I have gone from zero to five jackets since I moved to Melbourne. It’s been 3 months :S

The trick, so I am told, with cold weather is layering. Wear a few shirts and a jumper or two. However, unless you have a decent coat, none of that is going to help you much.

Melbourne loves to have four seasons in one day so you need to be prepared for each of them. You may notice that this list does not have an umbrella on it. If you buy a coat that can shelter you from the rain then you won’t need one. A hood is a must.

Should you pick something less sturdy, you’re going to have to invest in a pretty big handbag (or for men, a satchel) to carry four seasons of protection. Being a bag-lady on a full train does you no favours – prepare to get shoved around.

Get a grip with boots

A bit like the coat, when selecting boots, you need to purchase the ones that are going help you out. Luckily for those fashionistas out there, boots are, like, totally in right now.

You need warm feet to be warm. Fact! So your boots need to keep your feet warm and dry.

There is one thing I must stress. Get boots with grip on the bottom. They’re a little bit harder to find, but falling on your butt in public is even harder. Both mentally and physically. I’ve been there, done that.

An ounce of determination

Legitimate conversation with my mother. I was still in bed, she was in the lounge room.

Legitimate conversation with my mother. I was still in bed, she was in the lounge room.

In Melbourne’s winter, the sun comes up late and goes down early. More often than not, you find yourself in the dark and cold at the train station before and after work.

It’s really hard to get out of bed.

It’s really hard to get out of your pajamas and then dressed again.

It’s really hard to sit on a porcelain toilet seat.

Turns out, life in general just takes a whole lot more effort in winter. So switch your snooze button off and your determination on. You’re going to need it.

Got any survival tips? I’d love to hear them. I’m usually freezing and love winter knowledge-gems!

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3 Responses to “Walking in a winter wonderland”

  1. stefaniblaze May 1, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    I love your red knitted hoodie! Another tip, layer. You can never have enough layers!

    • hipcityoddball May 1, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      Thanks Stef! I’m actually starting to think there is a trick to layering I’ve yet to master. I just feel tangled up! Practice makes perfect I guess.

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