Hawaii boasts relatively steady weather conditions throughout the year. If you move to the mainland, however, you may experience a truly cold winter for the first time or for the first time in a long time.
Winter conditions on the mainland vary widely, with the lowest temperatures and greatest amounts of snowfall appearing in the North, Northeastern, and Northern Midwestern states. Below, we discuss steps you can take to prepare yourself and your family for your first cold winter on the mainland.
Determine Your Best Travel Routes
If possible, complete your move before the coldest part of winter. You’ll have an easier time getting acquainted with your new hometown when the roads are still clear and the precipitation levels are still low.
As you commute and run errands, take several different routes. Pay attention to the quality of the road, traffic levels, and travel time on each route. During snowy or icy periods, you may need or want to take a detour on your travels.
Discover the most efficient routes to your work, children’s school, and preferred grocery store before you have to drive those roads in the middle of winter. Once it begins to snow, pay attention to road signs and always drive conscientiously.
Familiarize Yourself With Cold Weather Safety
As much as you may want to stay inside, going out in the cold will likely be a necessary part of your daily routine and an important step in acclimating to your new climate. To ensure your safety, pay attention to the temperatures and how you feel. Follow these guidelines:
- Always bundle up well before leaving your house when it’s 32 degrees or colder.
- If you experience the symptoms of hypothermia while you’re outside — such as dizziness, increased heart rate, and confusion — go inside. Remove any wet clothes and wrap yourself in a blanket before calling a doctor.
- Stay hydrated and eat nutritious meals to help your body self-regulate during temperature changes.
Additionally, teach yourself and any children in your household how to safely walk on snow and ice to reduce the risk of injuries.
Invest in Winter Clothing
During a mainland winter, you will need reliable winter clothing. Budget for the following items for each family member:
- A hat that covers the ears
- High-quality boots with deep treads
- Sweaters, scarfs, and other cold weather clothes you can layer
- Waterproof coat or parka rated for the temperatures in your area
- Waterproof gloves or mittens
- Wool socks
Wearing the correct winter clothing helps your body conserve heat and stay comfortable while you’re outdoors.
Winterize Your Car
If you bring a car with you from the islands, winterize it before attempting to drive it in cold temperatures. Take the car to a mechanic to get the right antifreeze and other engine fluids topped off, receive an oil change, and purchase winter or all-season tires.
Put emergency items, including a warm coat, blanket, and bottled water in your car as well.
You may want to take a winter driving course so you know what to do if you encounter unplowed snow, black ice, or other hazardous winter road conditions in your new city.
Use these guidelines to ensure that you stay safe and warm throughout the winter months in your new home. For more information about adjusting to colder weather, read our blog on caring for your emotional well-being in a colder climate.
Anticipating an upcoming move to the mainland? Visit the Island Movers page on moves to or from the state for moving resources and more information about our services and expertise. When you’re ready to reserve our services, give us a call. We’ll gladly assist you through your next move.