Ryan says my love language is “being warm” and I can’t help but agree. Is there anything better than being bundled up and cozy? Whatever heat source we’ve got in the house, that’s where you’ll find me. We put in a wood stove this past fall and I think I spend most of my time there these days.
Knowing that many of you out there are facing a cold, cold New England winter like me, I wanted to share my top tips and products to help you stay warm at home this winter. We all might still be quarantined, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be happy while doing it!
Get yourself an electric blanket.
My dad got me the ultimate Christmas gift this year: an electric blanket. First, I’ve never felt something so soft. Second, I’ve never felt something so warm. You plug it in, wrap up, and in minutes you’re nice and toasty. On Christmas Day, during a pretty substantial Harry Potter marathon , I used the blanket on the three hour setting for blissful warmth. 10/10 would recommend. Just make sure it’s UL listed!
Snow boots should be rated for the arctic.
After three major snow storms (totaling about 24 inches in a month) I decided I needed a really warm pair of boots for our first official New Hampshire winter. Ryan’s dad suggested Baffin because those are the boots they use snowmobiling in negative degree weather. The pair I got is rated to -40 degrees and it feels like you’re stepping into a pillow. I can’t wait for our next storm to really try them out.
Buyer’s tip: Baffin boots run small due to all the lining provided. I’m a size 8.5 and I had to order a 10 which fits perfectly with one pair of medium weight socks.
Invest in a down comforter.
I never realized how much of a difference a down comforter would make until we had one. We opted for an alternative-down comforter from LL Bean (thanks grandma!) due to the lower price point and the ethics behind collecting down feathers (it’s not pretty.) There are many nights where I’m lying in bed saying “wow, this thing is warm.” We like sleeping with the room pretty chilly so a down comforter is ideal.
Look for Gore-Tex made products.
I look for Gore-Tex labels when buying new boots, mittens, jackets, etc. Gore-Tex keeps the cold and wet out better than anything I’ve found and it truly is critical if you want to stay warm during outdoor activities in the winter. The products may be a bit pricier but they are well worth it.
If you can put in a wood stove, do it.
I put this last because I know it is not a reality for most people. However, if you have. Masonry chimney and a fireplace, this could be the tip for you! (If not, a propane stove or a pellet stove are also great options.)
Personally, I don’t think there’s anything quite like wood heat. We (mainly Ryan) installed our wood stove after we were lucky enough to get a hand-me-down stove from his parents. The process required a lot of stove improvements and inserting a pipe into our chimney. Facebook marketplace is full of used stoves, if you’re interested, and Ryan and I would be more than happy to share some tips!
I feel like this is the ultimate debate but would you rather be too warm or too cold? Do you have any unusual “staying warm” tips to share? Leave a comment below!