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Splendid Sledding Substitutions

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at PSU chapter.

Winter has finally arrived, meaning snow has started to fall and stick to the ground all around campus. Some people enjoy staying indoors and watching a movie with a cup of hot chocolate, while others relish in channeling their inner-child and playing outside. However, finding a sled to play in the snow with your friends can turn into a difficult venture, considering you won’t find “sled” on most college packing lists. So, just in case you and your friends are looking to spend some time together in the snow – but you left your sled at home this winter – here are some of the best substitutions for a sled:


1. A lunch tray

If you’re looking to go sledding between classes, borrowing a lunch tray from the nearest dining hall is your best option. It’s similar to a sled – just a little smaller – so you’ll still glide down the snow-covered hills easily; just don’t forget to return it later.


2. A trash bag

It may seem like a skeptical option to use a trash bag as a substitute for a sled, but you’ll be surprised by the results. You probably already have a set of trash bags around your apartment, so you can just grab a bunch for you and your friends. Make a hole for you legs and head, then put the trash bag on and you’ll be a human sled ready for some fun in no time.


3. A textbook

If you’re on your way home from class and looking to de-stress by sledding, then using your textbooks as a makeshift sled is a great option. Just remove a textbook from your book bag, sit on it and slide right down any hill.


4. Cardboard

Everyone has some piece of cardboard lying around their apartment or dorm, making it an accessible option. One of the best parts of using cardboard as a substitute sled is that it comes in all different sizes, so you can pile a bunch of your friends onto one piece and slide down together.


5. Toilet seat

If you have any clumsy roommates who may have accidentally knocked the toilet seat off one day, then this is a fantastic substitute. Tape any part that may be disconnected and then your improvised sled will be ready for the snow!

Sledding with your friends in the winter is always an enjoyable and fun activity that puts variation into your normal schedule. Hopefully with these sled substitutions, you’ll be ready to hit the slopes during the next snowfall this winter. Bundle up, make some hot chocolate, pick a hill near campus and text some of your friends.


Happy sledding, collegiettes!


Maire is a junior at Penn State majoring in psychology. She loves ice cream, writing, and crocs. She hopes to grow as a writer during her time at Her Campus. She loves the environment. Follow her vegetarian food Instagram for cool and fun content @iturnipforvegetables !
Allie Maniglia served as the Campus Correspondent for Her Campus at Penn State from 2017-2018. She majored in public relations with minors in international studies and communication arts and sciences. If she's not busy writing away, you can find her planning her next adventure (probably back to the U.K.), feeding an unhealthy addiction to HGTV or watching dog videos on YouTube.