Staying warm in winter is sometimes easier said than done, especially if you need to venture out on your scooter or powered wheelchair. However, with a bit of planning, it doesn’t have to be.
If you’re a powered wheelchair or scooter user planning on having a day out, here’s five things we recommend taking to keep you cosy:
1. Gloves, scarf, hat and thermals
This may sound obvious, but don’t underestimate the value of good winter wear to keep the heat in! Having a spare scarf or pair of gloves to hand can help you ensure that you’re always prepared, so you don’t get caught out in the colder weather. An extra layer is also very helpful, and as thermals generally go under your normal clothing, they are very effective at trapping warmth and reducing heat loss.
2. Hand warmers and an electric hot water bottle
Even if you’re wrapped up in lots of layers, it can also be nice to bring hand warmers as an additional way to keep the chill away. They are readily available, easy to use, and can be paired with gloves. An easy solution to keep your hands warm whilst out and about.
Similarly, if you want another heat source you could consider getting an electric hot water bottle. These handy devices generally take just a few minutes to charge but stay warm for a number of hours, so they’re ideal for cold winter days. Pop it on your lap or behind your back to feel the full benefit.
Winter isn’t just cold, it is often wet as well! Keep an umbrella handy for any unexpected downpours – particularly if your coat doesn’t have a hood, or if it isn’t made of waterproof material.
4. Snow boots
Or at least, some warm and sturdy footwear. Cold feet are unpleasant at the best of times, and good shoes can make all the difference. Wear them with a pair of thick socks to keep your feet cosy and protected from the elements.
In very cold weather a blanket, or even a sleeping bag, is ideal to keep the cold air at bay. It may not be ideal if heavy rain is expected, but if the forecast looks dry then they are something to consider. Keeping a blanket with you gives you the option to tuck yourself in if needed so that you can stay nice and warm.
If you’d like more tips on keeping warm, take a look at blogger Sarah Alexander’s article on how she keeps the cold away during the winter months.