Depending on where in the world you live, the weather can have a huge impact on your daily life and the plans you make. Countries with hot climates that barely notice the winter and cold locations with year-round snow are good for people who thrive on routine and predictability. If you don’t need to check the weather before heading out, you can be much more prepared for the day ahead. However, not everyone has the luxury of living in a country with predictable, consistent weather. One day it’s glorious sunshine, the next wind and hail, or even a mix of both throughout the day. (UK residents will know what that means!)
If you have trouble enjoying your day-to-day life because the weather keeps disrupting your plans, these three tips will prepare you to face the elements.
Getting to work in the morning is fine if you know how easy or difficult the journey is going to be before heading out. In consistently warm countries, you’ll know to bring water and use the air conditioning in your car. If you live somewhere colder, you’ll probably be adept at driving through snow and defrosting your car in the morning. For those not blessed enough to enjoy the predictable weather, it can be an unpleasant surprise to find that your mode of transport is either stiflingly hot or freezing. To overcome this, arm yourself with an ice scraper and spray, a blanket in your trunk, bottles of water and some food. It’s no fun getting stuck in the snow while hungry. Of course, if your business requires you to stay open even during the worst weather conditions, there are commercial snow plowing services that can keep you on track. Be prepared by keeping both warm and cold weather supplies in your car at all times. You'll thank yourself when the time comes!
Deciding what to wear in the morning is easy for those who live in places with consistent climates. Heavy coats or lightweight shorts can be worn almost every day if you know what the weather will be like where you live. If you live in a less predictable place, maybe your area has a micro climate that keeps you guessing, and you want to err on the side of caution, there are a few tricks you can use to help keep your body temperature at a reasonable level without having to monitor the forecast. Layering is your best bet as it allows you to build up or remove items of clothing to maintain a good temperature, and the good news is that it can look great, too. Freezing outside? Wear something lightweight and comfortable under several layers of cozier garments and be sure to include a layer that has a hood. This way you can shed a few pieces should the temperature rise, and you’ll always be prepared if it starts to rain. There are lots of techno fabrics that offer warmth in very thin fabrics. These are ideal for avoiding an uncomfortable, bulky look, and they are practically weightless which makes carrying them around once shed much more practical.
Always keep electric heaters and fans in your home in case of sudden weather changes; if you wait until there's a weather crisis, chances are the shops will be sold out of the more economical models. Have a store of long-life food that can be eaten in case you can’t go out for groceries, while also keeping your freezer stocked with ice cubes in case the sun comes out in full force. These measures will also come in very handy if there is an electrical brown out or black out. It’s best to stay prepared for anything when the weather is so fickle!