To stay warm on your commute to campus, between classes, and during outdoor activities, you need a fully-stocked winter wardrobe. Here are a few of the must-have essentials for students taking classes in Ottawa this winter.
1. A Winter Coat or Jacket
Every student needs a go-to coat or jacket to survive the coldest parts of winter. If you want something lightweight, opt for a puffer jacket — they come in a wide range of colours, meaning you can easily find one to suit your style. Alternatively, hide away from the elements in a long button-up or zippered coat.
2. Warm Boots
Keeping your feet warm is essential for staying comfortable in cold weather. Choose boots that won’t let any moisture in, even if you’re trudging through thick snow or it’s raining heavily. The ideal boots will also have a thick lining made from something like faux fur for added warmth. Lastly, to stay safe in ice or slush, look for rubber soles that offer traction on both wet and dry ground.
3. Waterproof Gloves
Since you want a minimal amount of skin exposed to the cold while you’re out and about, gloves are a crucial part of your wardrobe. If you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, you may like to choose touchscreen gloves to be able to still use your phone. Alternatively, there are convertible fingerless gloves, which you may need if you use your fingerprint to unlock your phone. Make sure that whatever you pick is water repellent — in case you need to grab a wet handrail or you find yourself in the middle of a snowball fight.
4. A Cozy Hat
Don’t leave your head exposed, either. Even if your winter coat has a hood, you’ll lose heat through your head and your ears will feel chilled. Beanies are a top choice among students.
5. Thermal Pants
The great thing about university is you can wear casual clothes most of the day. Nothing is more comfortable than leggings or sweatpants — they’re the next best thing after going to class in pajamas. Look for elasticized cuffs to stop cold drafts from travelling up your legs. The best pants also have large enough pockets to fit your phone and hands. If you need something for outdoor workouts during the winter, look for water-resistant polyester.
6. A Few Scarves
Make sure you have a few scarves or neck warmers in your winter wardrobe to have something that matches every outfit. This will include at least one extra-warm scarf for everyday use and a couple attractive scarves for going out at night.
In the winter, it’s extra important if your journey to campus isn’t too long. This will ensure you make it to class on time even when it’s snowy and cold outside. You can find apartments near uOttawa at THEO — we’re located just steps from campus. Plus, there’s no need to venture out too often because we have everything you need on site, including study rooms, a gym, a movie lounge, and a rec room. Best of all, there are still limited spots available to move in now. Contact us for more information.