Winter is coming!
Winter is just around the corner in Aotearoa, and it's important to start preparing now to stay warm, safe, and comfortable throughout these colder months. Here are some tips to help you get ready for winter in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland):
Basic rule of thumb: Auckland’s weather can be the definition of unpredictable! One minute the sun is shining and the next it’s pouring with rain. It’s best to keep your rain jacket/umbrella handy during winter.
Invest in warm clothing and accessories: Auckland's winters can be chilly and damp, so it's important to have warm clothing and accessories like hats, scarves, gloves, and waterproof jackets. Consider investing in high-quality, durable items that will keep you warm and dry throughout the season!
Prepare your vehicle: If you have a car or other vehicle, make sure it's ready for winter conditions by checking the tires, brakes, and other essential components. You should also keep a winter emergency kit in your vehicle, including blankets, a flashlight, and extra food and water.
Stay active: Staying active is important during the winter months to boost your mood and stay healthy. Find indoor activities such as joining a gym, taking a yoga class or taking up a new hobby.
Stock up on supplies: The Auckland floods were a disaster and as much as we hope nothing like that happens again, we must be prepared. In case of a winter storm or other emergency, it's important to have a supply of essential items like food, water, and medications. Consider creating a winter emergency kit for your home, including non-perishable food, bottled water, first aid supplies, and other necessities.
Check for draughts: Check for gaps around windows, doors, and roofs to prevent cold air from entering your home.
Increase vitamin D intake: With less sunlight during the winter season, it's important to increase vitamin D intake through food or supplements.
Stay connected: Reach out to family and friends to stay connected during the winter season and combat feelings of loneliness or isolation. Plan indoor activities such as movies, board games, and cooking to keep yourself and your gang entertained during the colder months.
Tis’ the season to stay warm, stay active, and stay connected. Here’s to making the most of this chilly but beautiful season.