One of the things I love and hate about being in New England is the cold weather.
I love the snow, brisk morning air, sweaters, scarves, warm drinks, and all that jazz. But when it comes to the days that are single or negative degrees fahrenheit, I'm not a happy camper-especially when it comes to travel. My car is almost as old as I am, and has seen its share of issues over the years, but the worst seem to happen during the cold. That being said, as much as I love being fashionable, sometimes my fashion is second to my ability to function. I think it is especially important for anyone (models included) who travel to via their own transportation to, at the very least, keep some key items with them at all times during winter months. I know that as a model, I want to present myself as fashionable, well dressed, and stylish, but I also want to be able to make it to my shoot, or at the very least, be as comfortable as possible should an unfortunate transportation issue arise and I end up waiting for multiple hours in my lifeless car when it is 3 degrees out (yes, that did happen to me this year).
So, some tips from me to you that I've learned while traveling in New England:
- Wear your warmest, biggest coat-especially when the weather is below freezing
- It may not be the most attractive or "fashionable" coat in your closet, but you'll be warm and have the ability to wear multiple layers under it, or use it like a blanket if you don't have one and are wearing enough layers (if you really don't want to ruin your ensemble, just bring it with you-most likely you already have your modeling wardrobe with you, so throwing your coat into the bag with the rest of your stuff won't hurt)
- Wear a hat -when you lose heat from your head, your body's core temperature drops a lot faster
- If you're worried about hat hair, wear a sweater or sweatshirt with a hood and throw that on
- If you're worried about the hood messing up your hair, use your scarf to cover your head and ears, and wrap the rest around your neck
- If you're worried about a scarf messing up your hair, bring a brush and redo your hair later! (If being warm and functioning comes second to how you look while stranded on the side of the road, this entire post may be wasted on you)
- Keep a blanket in your car
- I'm lucky I had one when my car broke down-it really helped keep my feet and hand warm even though I was wearing two pairs of socks and gloves already
- It comes in handy during warmer weather when you feel like having a picnic or want to go stargazing
- Also handy when you need to fashion a toga for an impromptu party
- On the subject of bringing clothes, make sure to bring extra socks
- I learned that even though I had fleece lined tights on, and a pair of socks over those while wearing winter boots, my toes still went numb from the cold; I now throw ANOTHER pair of socks in my bag just in case, even if I'm already wearing warm tights with socks over them
- If you don't need them for your feet, they easily make mittens, or if you're creative, ear warmers
- Bring a shovel
- If you end up getting stuck, or going off road, at its most obvious, a shovel can help you move snow and give your tires more traction
- At its less obvious, you now have the perfect opportunity to get in some upper body reps shoveling your way free-no need for the gym today!
- Bring a snack
- It may sound silly, but if you get stranded and end up waiting for a tow truck for say...3 hours on the side of a highway during rush hour...you will potentially get hungry
- Try and look for the silver linings of your situation
- For example, I HAD a hot coffee when I had started my drive, and about 1 hour into my wait for a tow truck, I had an iced coffee, without even worrying about those pesky ice cubes watering my coffee down! Brilliant!
- I had a phone with me, fully charged, which allowed me to not only call the tow truck, but to call about 5 other people to cry to, and a chance to update facebook (I felt very social during my wait)
- Great opportunity to people watch, especially if its rush hour-I saw an amazing amount of women doing their makeup while driving, lots of people texting, and one girl taking pictures of the snow falling while she drove (or potentially herself driving...#snowfallcarselfie?)
- You can use the time you have to do your hair or makeup while you wait (granted, I forgot that I had any of my stuff with me, so I still ended up at the mechanic looking like I had just rolled out of bed...or you know... had been crying while waiting in below freeing weather for 3 plus hours in a car that wouldn't start)
On that note, here is to hoping everyone has safe travels during this winter, and at the very least got a laugh out of some of these!
Stay warm friends!