So you want to know how to stay warm in this bitterly cold winter weather? The short answer is, DON’T GET OUT OF BED! Those real life teddy bears have it right hibernating all the winter. It’s as if they just time-travel from the playful, falling autumn leaves to the fresh blooming flowers and butterflies of spring. We all know that uni work and… well… life doesn’t allow us to just snooze away winter under our warm blankets.
These are just my suggestions. If you have better methods that work specifically for you then disregard what I’m about to say. However, if you don’t know Toowoomba that well, and don’t enjoy getting sick, then make use of my experience.
Firstly, the cold snaps can sneak up on you with a surprise, so be prepared early. Usually it’s because a southerly wind picks up and carries the cold temperatures from the snow down south. So, what I suggest is that you purchase, or bring with you to college, a few jackets and trackies that you can wear while you sip tea or hot milo. Also, don’t forget a warm doona for your bed.
If we look at the positives here, there are no mosquitoes in winter and the best thing is that we get to wear cool accessories such as scarfs and knitted sweaters. Hmm… this makes me want to go play in snow. The movies make it look so fun. (I’ve never seen snow). In Toowoomba sadly we don’t get snow but you will experience frost. Just warning you. When you go to breakfast, don’t be fooled by the temperature inside your bedroom. It’s usually about 5 times colder outside.
Just because the sun is up and out, you shouldn’t go removing your jacket too soon in the day. Most classrooms will still be cold in the day and if they have heaters on, you’ll be hit with the cold as you leave class. Look at me… I sound like a mother. Just don’t say you weren’t warned. Toowoomba can be mysteriously deceptive. But that’s why its fun to live here.
If you’re a person who completely hates winter and can’t be convinced that there are positives then let me just say, you will be surprised with warmer days here and there but they usually don’t last. Lucky the rooms at college have heaters in them.
Now, my number one tip for using the heater – Because I am a singer, I have learned the importance of keeping the air from getting too dry (which heaters will do). You could go buy yourself a humidifier for $70… ew… OR buy a $2 spray bottle and just spray one squirt of mist into the air every now and again while the heater is going. And may I suggest, don’t sleep with it turned on.
– Have warm bedding (bring a doona)
– Have warm clothes (don’t be afraid to accessorise – scarf, mittens)
– Hot beverages
– Use your heater (but stay hydrated and keep a bit of humidity in the air)
It’s quite simple really. I’ve only learned these things from experience though so I hope you can learn from my experiences also and enjoy winter with good health. And trust me, the other side (spring time) is amazing in Toowoomba – The Garden City. But that’s another story.