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Preparing for Winters in Stockholm: Winter Clothing

Coming from a temperate climate where the average temperature all round the year was 28°C, the lovely orange shade Autumn was followed by a chilly winter which I wasn’t “mentally” prepared for. The snowy season was indeed beautiful…yet the early darkness and chilly winds were a mild unexpected shocker. The temperature varies from -20°C to 0°C with an average of -10°C during the day.

The one thing I consistently heard and was true in my case was a popular Swedish saying “There is nothing as bad weather but just bad clothing“.

Winter of 2019

So in this blog, I write about how you can prepare for the winter that is right around the corner.

  1. Winter Clothing: I initially perceived that a wind shutter jacket from the decathlon store was enough to get me through the winters. I was proven wrong even before the winter even started. I realized that investing in warm clothing is necessary to survive the chilly winters in Sweden. A winter jacket is absolutely a necessity. Here is a guide to select the right winter jacket. ALWAYS LAYER UP!!!
  2. Winter Shoes: The funny thing about my first Swedish winter is making our way through campus without slipping on the icy ground and watching people balance their way through. The right pair of winter shoes is necessary to keep your ankles together. Period.
  3. Winter Accessories: Accessories such as gloves, scarves, hats are necessary to keep us cosy if we spend time outdoors. By outdoors I mean…. walking to the local grocery store.
  4. Places to check out: There are branded stores such as XXL, Zara, H&M, Intersport, Stadium, and many more places. I am a personal fan of Decathlon and got my 3 season jacket (Winter, Autumn, Rain) and winter shoes from Decathlon. Check out discounts in other stores throughout the year.

The blog is the first of the winter series that is to come. So do comment in the section below about what you want me to write about in the next blog.

Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.