As the weather starts to get colder here in Berkeley, it can be hard to adjust to the cold for those from the hotter parts of California and the world. Here are some essentials that will make your winter a little more bearable this year.
1. Heavy Duty Jackets
Since it rains a lot in Berkeley, it is essential to have at least one thicker jacket with a hood. Here is one example of a warm jacket that would be perfect for winter.
2. Warm Snacks and Drinks
While studying in your room when the rain is pouring down, warm snacks and drinks are perfect. My go-to warm drink is definitely hot chocolate, and these small microwavable mug cakes are perfect to make in your college dorm for a warm snack.
3. A Nice Umbrella
Before my first semester in Berkeley, I had only used an umbrella once or twice since I came from a town where it never really rained. I quickly learned that an umbrella is a necessity in Northern California.
4. Space Heater
If you are staying in a place that does not have a good heating system, I would definitely recommend you invest in a space heater to help your room stay warm in the winter. Although they are a relatively pricey investment, they will make your room much more comfortable during the winter. Here is a smaller space heater you can buy for your room.
5. Warm/Heated Blankets
This is also another really practical way to stay warm in the winter; I would recommend buying at least one or two really warm blankets to help you keep warm during cold nights. Here is a nice blanket sure to keep you warm, and if you have a bigger budget this heated blanket is perfect for the winter.
With these essentials, you will be perfectly prepared for this upcoming winter!