The 9 best must-haves to survive winter

Who can tell you the best ways to survive winter, better than a Canadian? I was getting my winter stuff out this weekend and had the idea to come here and tell you all about my tips, tricks, and must-haves on how to survive winter. And that’s coming from a girl who despises winter and the cold.

A few years back, I realized that if I have to go through almost 6 months of cold I might try to adapt to it and enjoy it as much as any other season. And who knows, maybe after reading these tips and tricks, you will also enjoy winter.

Fashion must-haves to survive winter!

Something my mom used to always tell me is that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. For the longest time, I only cared about being fashionable and I hated the fact that I would see so many influencers post their fabulous winter outfit of the day not taking into consideration that we do not have the same winters. They were dressing for a -10 degree but I had to dress for a -40 degree. Basically, I was always underdressed! So I came up with these fashion essentials to survive winter and try to stay as warm as possible!

1. Turtlenecks.

Winter is all about staying warm, and let’s face it – doing it with a touch of style makes it even better! That’s where the trusty turtleneck swoops in as your winter BFF. It’s not just a cozy piece; it’s like a warm hug for your neck in chilly weather. But here’s the fun part – the turtleneck is your wardrobe’s chameleon. Throw it under a winter coat for extra warmth or let it shine solo for that effortlessly chic vibes. Either way, it’s perfect for layering and adapting yourself to different weathers.

I love this one from Amazon, 95% cotton, so nice to the touch, and perfect to protect your sensitive skin! I have them in 4 neutral colors, allowing me to diversify my wardrobe as much as possible and still stay super warm.

2. Fleece-lined leggings.

Say goodbye to winter chills and hello to cozy warmth with fleece-lined leggings. These snug wonders offer a double dose of comfort, blending the stretchy flexibility of leggings with the insulating power of fleece. I love them for outdoor activities, whether ice skating, hiking, or even going on a walk. But I also love them for my day-to-day life. I wear them in the office, to run my errands, or even as an underlayer when needed. So, if you’re ready to upgrade your winter wardrobe game, don’t miss out on the magic of fleece-lined leggings!

Technologie must-haves to survive winter!

Clothing can get you this far but at some point, you will need some extra help and why not utilize modern-day technology to help you out? These following products were a God send and a game changer for my winter lifestyle.

3. Electronic Hand Warmers.

If you are anything like me, your hands are probably the first thing to freeze in the winter and that’s just not fun! You are stuck not feeling your hands and you know it will hurt when they will unfreeze. To change that I got these marvelous electronic hand warmers. So say goodbye to icy hands and hello to feeling warm and toasty! But that’s not all – these electronic hand warmers also double as a portable phone charger, ensuring your devices stay powered up even in the coldest weather.

You will not catch me outside without them!

4. Rechargeable heated socks.

We covered our hands now we need to make sure our feet are taken care of as well. I use these rechargeable heated socks every time I stay outside for a long period of time. If you’re outdoorsy but tend to get cold fast, this is a game changer. I am amazed at how the battery life will allow me to stay out comfortably for hours and that I can control the temperature through my phone. I personally don’t wear them every day but best believe if I’m skiing, hiking, or camping, they are on my feet. Even having them at the lowest setting helps me a lot more than not having them at all!

5. Light therapy lamp.

Nothing gets me more depressed than noticing the darkness at 4:30 pm. It is absolutely horrible when you leave your house in the morning in darkness and then have to come back home in darkness again. I did a lot of research on luminotherapy to find out its importance and if I should invest in it. I wasn’t sure if a therapy lamp would be useful and impactful in my life but it appears that it is!

As someone who works long hours and often in the evenings, this lamp has been so helpful in regulating my mood.

6. Humidifier.

To survive winter and colder temperatures, you need a humidifier to maintain a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. In the winter, the air lacks humidity, which can lead to dry skin, irritated nasal passages, and an overall sense of discomfort.

By releasing moisture into the air, a humidifier helps combat the drying effects of indoor heating systems, keeping your skin hydrated and relieving congestion. Honestly, no one wants to spend the winter months feeling sick with a runny nose. The healthier you feel, the happier you will be.

I have this humidifier from Amazon that I absolutely love for myself and for my plants. I keep it in my room throughout the whole night and I put it for my plants on the colder night to create a more humid environment. It lasts for a long time, you can choose the intensity and it’s super easy to clean up. It’s one of my best in-house gadgets.

Beauty must-haves to survive winter!

7. First aid Beauty Ultra repair cream.

The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration Moisturizer is essential for winter skincare due to its capacity to combat the dryness caused by cold and indoor heating, providing intense hydration with ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and shea butter. Its versatility as a face and body moisturizer is practical during the winter when multiple areas of the skin are prone to dryness. The inclusion of soothing components such as allantoin and eucalyptus oil offers relief for dry and irritated skin commonly experienced in harsh winter conditions. Additionally, the moisturizer’s formulation with ceramides aids in repairing and strengthening the skin’s natural barrier, crucial for preventing further moisture loss.

Known for its suitability for sensitive skin, the Ultra Repair Cream ensures long-lasting hydration, making it my go-to product for maintaining skin health and comfort during the winter months.

8. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Serum.

My winter holy grail. The Hyaluronic Serum from Ordinary is the only thing that helps me with my dry patches. As the air becomes drier, this serum becomes a hydration powerhouse, offering a surge of moisture to combat dryness and maintain a supple complexion. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5, it not only attracts and retains water within the skin but also aids in enhancing the skin’s elasticity and softness. This serum acts as a moisture magnet, helping my skin stay plump and nourished even in the harshest winter conditions.

9. Vaseline hand cream.

When winter’s brisk air takes a toll on my skin, Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Crème Moisturizer emerges as my winter’s essential, providing the much-needed relief and protection my hands need. This rich and nourishing hand creme protects against harsh elements, combating dryness and preventing chapped skin. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly which I love, leaving my hands feeling soft and supple without any residue.

Bonus: Self-care tips to survive winter!

Go outside.

This was a game changer for me when I started to reconcile with winter. I started slowly with walks, and ice skating, then moved to hiking and skiing and today my weekends are always filled with activities. Being outside, breathing the fresh air, and trying new things helps with the secretion of hormones of happiness. Get the previously seen winter must-haves to help you out!

Stay hydrated.

As the winter chill sets in, it’s easy to overlook the importance of staying hydrated, but keeping your water intake up is just as crucial in the colder months. The dry winter air, both indoors and outdoors, coupled with heated environments, can lead to increased dehydration. Hydrated skin is happy skin, and maintaining proper hydration levels helps combat the drying effects of winter on your complexion. Plus, staying well-hydrated supports your immune system, helping to fend off seasonal illnesses. It’s also a great occasion to experiment with different teas!

It can be quite easy to survive winter and if you do it right, it can become one of your favorite seasons. There are so many activities you can try out, you just have to be dressed for it and ready to go all in.

Let me know in the comments below how you survive winter! I would love to hear for you and also try new things to make my winter more fun and enjoyable.

Until next time,



Sofyah Ov is the founder of Sofyahscorner. Through her travels, she emphasizes the art of living comfortably while adventuring, showing readers how to strike a harmonious balance between world exploration and the soft life. Having lived in 3 different continents, the writer, passionate traveler, and lifestyle enthusiast would love to teach you how you can have it all!

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