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19 Must Have and Need to Try Lifehacks for Winter Survival.

1) Use a spray bottle and undiluted white vinegar to spray your car windshield. This will keep frost from forming and make your morning drive time much easier. 

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2) Re-purpose those old sweaters and be stylish too! Ladies can repurpose those old sweaters into socks and the guys can cut old sweaters for additional padding in jackets or to place inside the lining of your camo-coveralls. Repurposed sweaters started this boot style:

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3) Cooking spray on your shovel will prevent the snow from sticking. 

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4) Use Zip ties for bike traction. And as a pro-tip keep a few handy because some will pop:

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5) Make sure to keep your feet dry. One trick is to put a sandwich bag over your socks before putting shoes on. Staying dry is important while walking in cold snow or rain. 


6) Bake more during winter; Cookies will keep the family cheerful and while your oven is in the cooling off phase– leave the door open to allow the heat out. Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 1.15.19 PM

7) Park your car facing east which is towards the sun. The goal is the opposite of summer time parking. Allow the sun to do its job…

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8) In the event your car gets *slightly* stuck in the snow or mud having some kitty litter will help tires create traction. Another idea would be to use the back of the floor mats if you are really in a pinch. 

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9) Use large freezer sized ziplock type bags to put over your car mirrors. This is will prevent not only frost but also snow from building and obstructing your views.Photo Credit: I am from Denver

10)  Make sure to have vitamin D available. Vitamin d is essential but it will also help keep your mood in check during times where you can not naturally get the vitamin d your body needs from the sun. 

11) In the winter time your shoes are going to get wet- they just will. Instead of using a heat source or even air drying over time– try using old balled up newspaper. The paper will draw some of the moisture faster than time drying and will not shrink the shoes as heat drying could. (h/t Tipsnips) 

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12) Use this quick, easy, and delicious Chicken Noodle soup Recipe from Katie: 

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13) Paint the snow! Take a dollar store plastic ketchup bottle or use a spray water bottle to mix food coloring w/water and then GO PAINT THE SNOW. Make drawings, write your name, + Create memories. Food-Coloring-Rainbow-Water-Cups

14) If you are going to life hack start with a list. Go create a bucket list of things you want to do in the winter and start getting at them. Make silly ones like creating the most epic snow angel imaginable or hike that hill fully prepared. But get out a pen and start writing and doing! 

15) Load up on the essentials before the entire town pours into the stores to prepare for a storm. That includes having various different non-scented candles, enough bottled water, and even smaller things like charcoal for an outside grill if the need arises. Survival Nation will be full of other useful items and other types of list but the important part is loading up on what your family might need for a prolonged period of time. In the comments section, you can add some thought about needed supplies.

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16) This is one of my favorite hacks for when the power is out– particularly when the power is out because of an ice storm. Make sure to have non-scented tea candles from above and two flower pots and watch this video: 

17) You must be strong. Therefore, you must be taking in large amounts of natural Vitamin C. From foods such as Kiwi, Broccoli, Kale, Brussel Sprouts, pineapple and of course Oranges which will last longer than some of your other vitamin C options. 

18) Invest in some cast iron cookware. With the right set up, you can easily cook in the fireplace if needed, outside on a grill or even hobo style with a small pit. Make sure to have plenty of tin foil available. 

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19) Make sure you have a Generator with plenty of fuel. Your cars topped off and any electronics you might need fully charged. And of course, plenty of batteries for flashlights, etc. 

 

 

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