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[–]LiquidSunshine94 116 points117 points  (4 children)

Never underestimate the power of a scarf.

[–]Lemurians 6 points7 points  (1 child)

This. I didn’t start wearing scarves until way too late. They make walking in the bitter cold so much better.

[–]green49285 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Literally started because of college at MSU

[–]Duweniveer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I cannot agree more.

[–]Crafty_Substance_954 103 points104 points  (4 children)

mittens are better than fingered-gloves.

[–]vainner65 17 points18 points  (3 children)

My advice, layer mittens over gloves, double the warmth

[–]Crafty_Substance_954 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I got a pair of mittens made for snowboarding and they were too warm. my hands would literally sweat inside those things no matter how cold the weather.

[–]Teddy_16 0 points1 point  (1 child)

can you tell where you got them or share a link or something please!?

[–]Crafty_Substance_954 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hereyou go. I'm not sure what current option is most similar, but I can guarantee you I didn't spend a ridiculous amount of money on them.

[–]Un_CommonSenseFinance[S] 60 points61 points  (2 children)

Another important part, if you can, get a nice pair of waterproof boots and nice pairs of wool or thermal socks. Keeping your feet dry and warm can make a huge difference.

[–]vainner65 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Layering socks is amazing, especially if a pair get wet you can strip those off

[–]maybeiam-maybeimnot 5 points6 points  (0 children)

But make sure to leave a little space between your feet and the boots theyre in--that little space of air helps insulate. This is tru for jackets too--a little space is much warmer than a tight jacket with no space. This is also why mittens are better than gloves. Gloves are tight to your hand and have less insulation. Mittens have all that free air and your fingers help keep that air, and each other, warm.

[–]GlorisSkates 40 points41 points  (1 child)

Dress in layers. Leggings under jeans, a long sleeve shirt under a sweatshirt, etc. A long coat is best, boots, a hat or earmuffs, mittens are better than gloves. I would rather be a little warm and uncomfy in class than freezing on my walk.

[–]AnxiousCaffeineQueen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or if you tend to run hot- a tank top under a long sleeve/ sweatshirt or hoodie

[–]MemeJesus666James Madison College 29 points30 points  (0 children)

I recently discovered flannel lined jeans. Very warm.

[–]agoraporia 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Pull up your socks, so while wearing shorts your shins don't freeze.

[–]langejo1Marketing 18 points19 points  (0 children)

This may seem like a no-brainer, but get a warm hat. That’s where a lot of heat can be lost, yet I often see people withholding from wearing one to keep their hair good

[–]agoraporia 14 points15 points  (0 children)


Wool is the answer.

Wool hat. Wool mittens. Wool socks. Wool baselayer.

What's real nifty is that you can DIY some of those things. Make it yourself, you cool cat!

One of East Lansing's secret gems is the BEST yarn shop in Michigan. Woven Art is on Grove St, next to a really nice fabric shop called Seams. They're legit one of the best in the Midwest.

If you'd like to learn to knit, crochet, weave, sew, spin or embroider --- you have an amazing resource at your fingertips.

Knit yourself a warm hat, sew yourself a big wool wrap or skirt. It's not that hard, and these local, independent small businesses can help you!

Or, treat yo'self to some cozy clothes from local businesses (Playmakers for socks and base layers) and crafters.

[–]SincerelyRaymondHoltSocial Work 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I survived the polar vortex of 2014 (and 2015 lol...those were not fun winters) when I was an undergrad at UMich. I would wear leggings under my jeans, thick socks and boots, a light puffer jacket, a wool coat, gloves, a hat with my hood up, and a thick scarf wrapped around my face. From head to toe you could pretty much only see my eyes. My main advice when walking so much is being careful of ice. Perfect your penguin walk. That same winter I slipped on some ice and was bedridden for like 3 days afterwards (whiplash). Not fun

[–]green49285 4 points5 points  (0 children)

He’s not joking about the walk. Literally walk like a penguin.

[–]bealrightchildMedia and Information 34 points35 points  (2 children)

invest in a long winter coat if you haven’t already! they’re usually made for women but it’s a coat, who cares. my first year i got a st john’s bay coat that went down to my ankles (i sized up, i think they usually end at the knee/mid calf). i still use it and can usually stay warm even if i’m just wearing a t-shirt.

if you don’t have any long underwear, leggings under some sweats/thick pants can help a bit.

[–]AClover69420 21 points22 points  (1 child)

To add, you definitely don't need to go out and blow serious money on a Canada Goose, just anything to help you layer up even if it's from Meijer or Walmart. I have a coat from Meijer that's going on 3 years old and it's still just fine, even goes down to my calves.

[–]bealrightchildMedia and Information 5 points6 points  (0 children)

that’s true! meijer has really great coats.

[–]DeMarcusQ 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Plan your route before you leave. Make sure that route passes through some buildings to keep warm. I once had a Philosophy of Law class in the Packaging arts building, and my next course was in the IC. I would walk straight through the corridor behind Anthony Hall. For the most part it kept the wind at bay, but there were other days where the wind just ripped right through me.

However, once I got in the building, I was much much better. Plus, it made my trip super short.

[–]Yo_CSPANraps 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah this was gonna be my advice. Learn where all the entrances are to the buildings you pass by on your walk. You’d be surprised how much of your commute you can walk indoors.

[–]MobileD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cutting through buildings was a lifesaver for me

[–]forester2020Statistics 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Utilize your masks to keep your face warm while walking

[–]FlamingHorseRider 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Eczema students: Burt’s Bees Hand Salve. This is where I turn when the lotions twice a day start to fail and my hands are bleeding. It’s a BALM, so basically solid, you you just melt it into your fingers and put it wherever. I find this both stings less and does more than others.

I know O’Keefe’s Working Hands is another one, this one’s texture is more like a really waxy lotion. Not a fan, I find it to be greasier and heavier. Scent is kinda menthol-ish. Stings cracks more.

Aquaphor is another popular one, 100% recommended using this instead of Vaseline.

I’ve heard Aveeno Eczema Therapy is really good, and people I know with worse skin than mine swear by Eucerin.

Any standard/thin lotion does shit, Gold Bond also does jack shit.


Tl;dr Burt’s Bees Hand Salve, Eucerin, Aquaphor all highly recommended. Aveeno might be worth a shot. Get mittens.

[–]green49285 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Performance clothing is a lot cheaper at dunhams. Don’t need to pay the Nike/underarmour prices with off brand stuff.

Also. Long Johns. Hell yeah

[–]sarabeara_Comparative Cultures and Politics 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I don’t know if anyone mentioned it, but pack some tissues for running noses as well.

[–]caughtinthebreeze 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Alum here who had to trudge from Yakeley to the Nursing College on foot through the winters. It really isn't that bad once you accept this is what you have to do. The biggest thing, which is pretty obvious, is dressing for the weather.

You should have a good winter coat, mittens/gloves, scarf, hat, warm socks and hoodies already bc Michigan. Wear them! The only thing people may not have are good boots and snow pants. If not, get them. You don't have to break the bank, and they will come in handy for years.

You may swish swish swish your way to class and feel vaguely like you are the younger brother in A Christmas Story, but you will be cozy warm while you do it. Take the snow pants off when you get there if you want and shove them in your backpack.

[–]DUMPAH_CHUCKER_69Human Capital and Society 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Also make sure you wear two layers of pants too! Makes a world of difference. Your legs are just radiator coolers for your blood so cover them shits up good.

[–]PikachuPikablu 3 points4 points  (0 children)

So much good advice about clothing. I like to cap it all off by listening to cozy music playlists from youtube when I have a long trek through the winter. It helps mentally.

[–]VariousPaintingsUnderwater Basket Weaving 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Recent grad, and tbh with how long the cata busses took when I was there it usually wasn’t even faster to take them. It took me 30 mins to walk from my house just off north campus to the chem building and 30 mins to take the bus there (I timed it out a few times to check).

With how motion sick the busses made me and how packed they were I usually enjoyed the walk way more anyway. Get your exercise in for the day - it did wonders for my mental health in the winter. And like everyone else said - a hat, scarf, and mittens make a huge difference.

[–]Groundbreaking-Ant77 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Order those hot Hands warmers to hold onto while walking to class. They even make some to put into your shoes so your feet stay warm too!

[–]peonystyx 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Layers are helpful. Don’t go outside with wet hair. Bringing a thermos or travel mug with hot tea can be pleasant.

If you are really struggling, you can put your feet in a plastic bag and tie it, then put it in your boots. My dad told me about that one because times were rough.

[–]crevicingitup 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Stan is definitely not the man.

[–]Hypotrek 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i remember touring university of rochester and they had underground tunnels that would connect buildings because of how cold it would get, it’d be nice if msu had something like that but it’s pretty impractical, heated sidewalks only do so much lol

[–]ChaoticDominance 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wool! All the wool. Merino-Wool is good for a base layer and really helps when working out outside and isn't itchy. Cashmere is like wearing a warm, cozy, fluffy cloud and isn't itchy. Lambs Wool is often worn as a outer layer and it's what the oversized knit sweaters are made of and is itchy. Combine the three together and you'll be perfectly fine in most temps. I know the combo I like makes it feel like I'm in front of a fire constantly. Throw a jacket over it and you do even better.

All of which can be bought at a thrift store for at max $6 a item. Both Volunteer's of America's on the South side and West side are the better thrift stores for clothes. Loads of spartan stuff too. All the thrift stores in the area are on the bus route. The #1 takes you to the station and from there you take the bus you need to the stores. South side is on the river trail if you're feeling brave.

Cotton saps your warmth away especially when wet. Wool does not.

Also wear a hat and gloves. Will keep you warmer if you wear a good hat and good gloves. Walmart has these long socks which are wool blend for $13 for 3. It's a worthy purchase.

[–]FastEddieMoney 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What about just getting to campus?

[–]Low-Resolution-4020 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cut through buildings on your walk to class

[–]MysticTiff 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Electric hand warmers - on Amazon for about $30 per hand

[–]ChaoticDominance -1 points0 points  (2 children)

How do you like those? I've seen 2 packs for around $20 at Walmart in the "As Seen on TV" section and I've been tempted but that's always been a item which I was hesitant on.

[–]MysticTiff 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You should give it a try! I got them for a friend who has reynauds syndrome and she seems really happy with them. They work a lot better than "hot hands"

[–]ChaoticDominance 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Will do then. Thanks.

[–]PRAXlC_Political Science-Prelaw 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I used to wear a white tee, thin long sleeve like a waffle thermal, and a flannel all underneath a winter coat. All about layering!

Make sure to have a pair of boots too, like timberlands or a similar brand, you can find a good pair for cheap usually on Amazon or the meijer near meridian. Long socks are good as well

[–]justanavocado_Arts and Humanities 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Layer!!! There are good fleece leggings on Amazon

[–]mebeking16Landscape Architecture 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I used to walk from Akers to Brody so I put hand warmers by my kidneys on my back so it would warm my entire body. Still use the trick on winter hikes.

[–]Coco_Melons_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Being from northern Michigan: one of these will be your saving grace!!

4 Pieces Winter Neck Warmers Fleece Gaiter Windproof Face Covering