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Old 08.10.2015, 12:39
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How to prepare for the winter!

Hey people!

I was wondering...what stuff should I necessairely buy to get well prepared for the winter?

I mean..think about it...I have no idea how things will be when starts beeing really cold and stuff...
Do I need special boots? Shoes, Gloves...socks maybe?
Do I need to change the tires of my bike? Do I need new lights?

Do I need new running shoes? (this is important)




What are the things I should know and expected from the winter...I am getting pretty scared LOL...because I don't think is soooo cold...but I see people walking in the streets like they live in Alaska! And the heaters are soooo MODE MAX already in the stores. lol !

In Brazil we don't have long or strong Winter...so we don't even get heaters...so this is fu**** up my skin and hair lol... !
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Old 08.10.2015, 12:54
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

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I have no idea how things will be when starts beeing really cold and stuff...
It doesn't get really cold here, unless you go up the mountains.

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Old 08.10.2015, 12:59
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

I mean, that is what I have been thinking... I mean, it gets cold...but is not like Toronto
- 30oC...
For me it will be cold because I am no so used to temp under 10oC...and snow...!
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

It's a bit late to be preparing for winter now the hyperboreal winds are howling at our thresholds! Most Swiss people will have started making their preparations back in June. But no matter - if we must start in October, in October must we start!

First - you need to close all your shutters. This is for two reasons:

1) to keep the winter light out. This pale, insipid form of light drains the heat out of your house and will prevent your refrigerator from working properly.

2) to keep the heat of the house in. This will be important as temperatures drop to several centimetres below kelvin in late January and Elvember.

3) to prevent ingress by snow weasels. Sure, they look cute, but they can play havoc with your electrical pipes. You can also purchase anti-snow-weasel paste at the Coop. Ask for "confiture fuer arsch-marder" at the counter.

Finally, you need to procure warm clothes. I slaughtered my sheep earlier this September, but you might have to ask a local farmer to help you. Use the innards to weave a warm poncho, the fleece to make a tasty stew and the hooves to beat the snow weasels away from your porch. You won't be sorry!

Next, you need to coat all your doors with griess in order to ward away the frost spirits. This is freely available at all hardware stores.

After that you need to fill your pantry with wood for the fires. If you can't get wood, try viagra.

At last, you must ensure your roof is satisfactory. If it isn't, you may sleep in a tent, otherwise ask your landlord for a rent rebate.

I hope you have the very best of winters! It cold is, for very sure, but delicious and nice.

Enjoy!
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

I find most important are shoes for winter.

If you`re going out in snow, buy boots for that purpose (the soles grip the ice so you don`t slip so easily) - different from "trekking shoes".

Thick soled boots/shoes for going out normally (not walking in snow or icy sidewalks) or your feet will freeze thru thin leather soles.

A good quality winter jacket (so you don`t have to wear masses of warm stuff underneath).

"Vests" for under tshirts - close to body keeps heat in.

Warm gloves, scarves. Lots of socks - to change every day.

Apply moisturizer to face regularly during day to combat the heating systems.
For hair, I find the special "hair oils" a great benefit, keeps ends from splitting.

With basic good essentials, it doesnt matter how cold the winter gets, you`ll manage comfortably.
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

it was as it was


http://www.nzz.ch/zuerich/zuercher-s...rni-1.17960286

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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

1. A jacket (good warm one, wool inside I find the warmest) Don't go skiing with wool though.....the snow will attach itself like a magnet)

2. good shoes just make sure they are water resistant as the snow melts there will be puddles everywhere, including inside. Nothing worse then spending your day at work with wet feet. Salt will be everywhere and do not forget to wash this off your shoes. It destroys everything

3. Car : get good snow tires (not just for snow but effective when temps go below 5degrees. also make sure you have antifreeze in the radiator and not just water. This will crack your block and hoses.

4. Heat is turned off during the night (or turned down) so have an extra blanket.


5. when it snows and there is snowcover go outside at night and enjoy the "noise" of snow. it is amazing how quit it gets now all the sound is muffled

Thats about it. I used to live in MN, USA where it gets to -30 and there you really had to prepare or you could die easily on the side of the road.....
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

Layering is probably the most popular way people stay warm during winter. It's also great considering indoor / outdoor temperature differences can be quite high.

The majority seems to stick to basic colors (creme, brown, black) in the winter.

I'd suggest bringing 3/4 tops, long sleeve tops, pullovers, warm coats, boots (waterproof!), jumpers, tights, jeans, snow pants and thermals.

To keep the extremities warms I'd also suggest ear muffs, woolen gloves and woolen hats.
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

Winter boots are an absolute must. Would suggest at least two pair of the type Sorel Caribou per household member in the event one pair needs drying out:

http://www.sorelfootwear.de/DE/herren-stiefel
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Old 08.10.2015, 13:48
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

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Winter boots are an absolute must.
No, they aren't, I've never had any in 30 winters here.

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Old 08.10.2015, 13:50
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

Also, try to get as much sleep as possible ... I usually hibernate between October - April. That's about two more weeks for me posting here
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

Good boots and gloves, and warm socks. I've only done one Swiss winter and although I don't actually think it's as bad as British winter (damp, penetrating cold and more windchill up there) the only things I couldn't easily keep warm were my hands and feet. Layering and a winter coat and a warm hat kept me very snug though
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

For the well dressed man, once the temperature starts to drop ......
(I never go out, without one, when it gets below freezing)
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

As for the bike, you'll learn quickly enough NOT to brake or change directions when the road is all shiny-sparkly. You could also hammer a few nails through the tires to enhance their grip...
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Old 08.10.2015, 14:13
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As for the bike, you'll learn quickly enough NOT to brake or change directions when the road is all shiny-sparkly. You could also hammer a few nails through the tires to enhance their grip...
Just in case you need some lessons here is the tutor:

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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

Thermals (Especially if you have dogs)
Its the first thing I put on in the morning.
Patagonia makes great capilene thermals.
The r4 ones might be too warm if you run hot!

Shoe spikes
Those thingys you attach to your shoes, like snow chains for tires.

gloves

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these four = toasty warm + coxyx intact
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Layering is probably the most popular way people stay warm during winter. It's also great considering indoor / outdoor temperature differences can be quite high.

This is what Icelanders do, colour is not important, go for bright vibrant colours !
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

If you have to be outdoors for a few hours such as for a christmas apero, I recommend a hot water bottle (filled with tap water not kettle) stuffed between your thermal vest & woolen layer. Fingerless gloves are also great for aperos. Your hands are warm but you can still help yourself to the goodies.
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Re: How to prepare for the winter!

collect firewood.

salt some meat.

dry some fruit.

make some jam.
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If you have to be outdoors for a few hours such as for a christmas apero, I recommend a hot water bottle (filled with tap water not kettle) stuffed between your thermal vest & woolen layer. Fingerless gloves are also great for aperos. Your hands are warm but you can still help yourself to the goodies.
Especially woolly gloves, licked and applied to the aforementioned goodies, will be sticky enough to secure a sufficient energy supply to ward off the cold.
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