Winter can be a difficult time for those who spend a lot of time working outside. No matter how far you take your homesteading lifestyle, you will probably find it difficult to keep yourself motivated to work outside during the cold and wet months without the right know-how. There are plenty of ways to make your outdoor experience better during this time of year, and this post is going to be taking you through some tips to set you on the right path.
The Right Work
Before thinking about the tools that can help you during winter, it is always worth considering the type of work you decide to take on. Of course, most plants will not be growing much during this season, so your gardening will be on hold for the season in most parts of the country. You can take steps now to prepare for your spring garden, though, while also working on the tasks you do not have time for in spring and summer. Regular indoor breaks should be taken and you should keep yourself sheltered from the wind, rain, and other unpleasant weather as much as possible.
Clothing has long been one of the main weapons in humanity’s war against the elements. Wearing plenty of layers is always a good idea during winter, but this is well-known and most people already follow this practice. What many people are not aware of is that modern materials can be used to create outer layers and other garments that create a near-impenetrable suit of armor against bad weather. Companies like Stormline offer options that are suitable for a huge range of environments.
Hand warmers have been around for a long time, providing portable warmth that can make your time outside far more pleasant. You can get your hands on these simple devices with a couple of options. Some companies make special chemical blends that produce heat when a reaction occurs, but these are usually single-use and not very fitting for a homestead lifestyle. Instead, many people opt to make their own hand warmers, with loads of DIY guides available to help you with this.
Finally, as the last area to consider, it is time to think about the heating in your home. Whether you use electricity, gas, oil, or even a simple fire to keep your home warm, you need to make sure that it is reliable for the winter. Those with boilers can get them serviced to ensure that they are in good working order, while homes using solid fuels can create a stock that will last the whole winter. Coming home to a warm house will always make days outside feel much easier to bear.
Your time working outside should always be satisfying and enjoyable, but it can be hard to think about much more than the weather during winter. Following these ideas and being creative to think of more of your own is a great way to seize the experience you want to have when you set out for a day’s work.