SURVIVAL SERIES: HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FIRST APARTMENT IN WINTER
Is this your first year living off campus? Planning to stay in Oswego for winter break? Secretly afraid of getting snowed in, only for your friends to find you months later in a fetal position on your kitchen floor? Worry no more! Here are some tips on how to remain warm, productive, and healthy throughout hibernation season.
- Get a job close to home.
If you decide to work over break, a job close to your house is ideal. While this may not always be realistic, there will definitely be days when you will be much safer walking than driving.
- A walking-distance commute can also save you money on gas, and keep you active.
- Be sure to layer up and wear warm clothes and snow boots.
If this is not possible for your neighborhood, check out the Oswego bus schedule. Buses are much safer in heavy snow than cars, due to their thick, deeply-treaded tires and heavy weight.
- Prepare for a snow-in.
Keep an eye on the weather; rumor has it that this winter is going to be a rough one. In the case of a snow-in, you’ll want food, water, and heat.
- Be sure to stock low-maintenance foods such as peanut butter and jelly, bread, and granola bars.
- Make sure you have a few gallons of water, in case anything happens to your tap.
Finally, there are a few ways to keep your house warm at minimal charge.
- Use thick curtains or blankets to cover your windows when the sun doesn’t come in.
- Cover bare floors with rugs to better insulate the house. This can prevent much of the heat loss you may experience during the coldest months.
- Take care of your car.
Even if you don’t need it that much over break, your car can get seriously damaged if left unused in the cold all winter.
- Keep some non-clumping kitty litter in the trunk in case you need extra traction.
- Store jumper cables in the car, just in case.
- You can use an ice scraper, a plastic spatula, or your student ID to scrape off your car.
- Place ziplock bags over your side mirrors to prevent freezing over.
- Take your car out for a short drive every few days to prevent further damage to your battery.
So have fun on your first winter break of freedom! Keep warm, and make sure you have everything you need before Oswego weather takes the wheel.
Researched and written by Susie Fox, Peer Educator
Photo Cred: Susie Fox