URBAN eat Guide to Winter Survival

It’s nearly December.  It’s cold and dark when you get up in the morning (for those who rise before 8am – and yes that is classed as morning) and cold and dark when you get home again at night.  The idea of hibernating and not setting foot outside your door until at least April is exceedingly tempting, but sadly not actually possible.

There are several ways to make these dreary months seem a little more bearable, and we have pulled together some top tips to help you have winter fun, instead of becoming a winter bum!


Layer, layer, layer

Dressing for winter is a bit like making a sandwich, and we’re experts at making sandwiches, so listen up.

The filling (inner layer)

This layer is worn close to your skin, but should not be restricting in any way.  I know it’s not sexy, but long thermal underwear is ideal, particularly if it’s made from a synthetic material, such as polyester.

The Butter (Middle layer)

This could be a cheery Christmas jumper and jeans.  It needs to be warm and cosy to keep the cold out, as this is your insulating layer.

The bread (outer layer)

Coats, hats, scarves, gloves, earmuffs and snoods (remember those?)

Did you know 60% of your body heat could escape through your head, so hats are an essential part of the final layer.

Invest in a sledge early

I know it feels a bit weird buying a sledge when the sun is sitting low in the sky and it’s still 20 degrees, but trust me when I tell you that the very second the first flake of the icy stuff falls from the sky, every single shop and online retailer will completely sell out of sledges.  This will make you feel very sad indeed.  Don’t get caught out.

Get some board games

Ideal for those Sunday afternoons when you roll out of bed in your onesie at 4pm only to roll back into it again at 5pm.  Invite some mates round to share your bed-space and relive your childhood by playing Guess Who and Kerplunk.  You’ll all feel a lot more cheerful, and the extra bodies in your bed will ward off the winter chills.