How To Survive Winter
In New York
The dreaded New York Winter… at least from a California girl’s eyes like mine. I love New York but this time of year is brutal to go and visit. This time of year also happens to be when New York Fashion Week is which is currently where I am right now. With this being my third time in New York during the winter, I have definitely learned a few things on how to survive the cold weather.
New York Winter Essentials
As I look through what I packed this trip in my New York City apartment through Airbnb, which is so cool btw, I see a pattern in what works and what doesn’t. These are my ten essentials everyone needs to survive the Winter in New York.
1. A Coat
Investing in a coat is super important in your Winter wardrobe but can be harder to find a good one than you may think. Some coats I find to be cute but aren’t actually that warm. I have a found a few retailers to consistently have good options though. My favorite retailers to find coats that actually keep me warm are Shopbop, Revolve, and Nordstrom. Each of these retailers have SO many options to fit whatever your outerwear taste is but a few of my favorite brands for my style that they carry are Shrimps, The North Face, Kendall + Kylie, and Eaves. The jackets I’ve chosen are definitely an investment but, trust me, you will have them forever. If you’re looking for more affordable options, ASOS has great options too.
I cannot stress this travel tip enough. Layers. Layers. Layers. They will save you, especially when you’re running around from inside to outside as much as I do. You’ll be too cold if you don’t layer up, but the second you get inside it’ll be too cold for that t-shirt you’re wearing and too hot for that heavy coat you put on.
What an outfit of mine typically looks like:
Step 1: a t-shirt
Step 2: a sweater or blazer
Step 3: an overcoat, like the ones I suggested in tip #1
Step 4: gloves or scarves
Step 5: a beanie
3. Snow Boots
Snow boots are key to surviving the cold weather and to stay warm but it’s actually not that easy to find cute ones…so if you’re like me and struggle to find the perfect ones, you can also invest in boot warmers which are the best and you can insert them into any pair of shoes you already own, not to mention they’re so cheap. If you are on the hunt for actual snow boots, though, I have five that I’m eyeing right now.
Five Snow Boots
- Blundstone from Zappos
- Hunter Commando Boot
- Timbaland Insulated Pink
- UGG Water Resistant Lace Up Booties
Winter time is the worst for hydration. The cold itself dries you out + add in a heater on 24/7 and you are bound to have any hydration you naturally have to be sucked out of you. I find as I get older that I keep getting more dry. I used to strictly have normal to oily skin and now I definitely have combination. I am oily and then I’m overly dry and it’s about finding a balance.
Top two hydration tips
Step 1: Invest in reusable water bottles and try to fill it up with every meal at minimum. It’s always important to drink water throughout the day but in order to survive the winter months, it is especially important. Dehydration can not only lead to dryness but also headaches and sickness. My favorite reusable water bottle brand at the moment is Swell bottles because they can keep drinks hot or cold for many hours at a time and they’re hard to scratch which is great when you’re carrying it around all day.
Step 2: Moisturizer: the moisturizer I have been living by this New York Fashion Week trip is the Kiehl’s ultra hydrating moisturizer. I will do a more extensive post on this and the other hydrating products I’m loving soon on the blog because it has taken me some time to find the perfect products for my skin type.
This sounds a little weird to have on my list for New York Winter essentials but I really believe it’s important to have a plan for transportation. Whether that’s researching where the closest train station is from where you are, or researching the internet for Uber discount codes, it really helps to have a plan so you’re not figuring out how to get somewhere in the cold…or worse, the rain.
With following these five tips this New York Fashion Week, I have to say it has been a very successful trip. It’s been cold, rainy, snowy and everything in between but I haven’t been effected much since I planned ahead :). What are your favorite travel tips to surviving a New York Winter?