The United States has plenty to offer those looking to either visit or relocate. You’ll find plenty of attractions and destinations, unique cultural and historical locations, world-class dining and a generally visitor-friendly population. The U.S. also features a wealth of educational and career opportunities, affordable housing with a high standard of living, and one of the world’s most robust economies. Yet for all of the good America has to offer, there is one aspect of the U.S. that many from other countries (particularly those that feature traditionally warmer climates) have difficulty adjusting to: the cold.
The fall and winter months in the U.S. can bring with them some frigid temperatures. Even hotter locales like Los Angeles and Miami can deliver colder temperatures during these months than you may be accustomed to. Adapting to the cold is one of biggest challenges that visitors and immigrants often list when acclimating themselves to America. It can be done, however. By adhering to the following advice, you’ll soon find yourself enjoying the beauty and splendor of America’s cold seasons. Plus, you’ll know to send money back home to help prepare any friends or family that may be joining you in the U.S.
Don’t Worry; Your Body Will Adjust
Now, it may seem that during those first few freezing nights in the U.S. that your body may never feel the comforting embrace of warmth again, but you should know that even while your shivering in bed, your body is adapting to its new surroundings. Your blood vessels, for example, dilate and constrict to allow for blood flow that both keeps your internal organs warm while still delivering heat to your extremities. As it gets accustomed to colder temperatures, your body gets more efficient at doing this. This increased activity causes your resting metabolism to increase, which increases your body’s storage of brown fat (metabolically active fat), which helps insulate your muscles, causing the rapid twitching that prompts shivering to slow. In as quickly as a couple of weeks, you could be feeling as though you’ve spent your entire life in the cold.
This is important because the last thing that you’ll want to do is barricade yourself indoors. Not only will this keep you from acclimating yourself to the cold, but you’ll also notice that it can quickly dampen your mood. Studies have shown that reported cases of depression increase dramatically during colder months, with much of that being attributed to people feeling as though they’re confined indoors. So don’t be afraid to get out, take a walk, hitch a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh, or even (dare we say it?) go skiing.
Proper Cold Weather Gear
Of course, you’ll need the proper gear before heading outdoors into the cold weather. Here are few cold weather essentials that you’ll learn to rely on:
- A coat: Now, understand that there is a distinct difference between a coat and a jacket. A lightweight jacket may work when it’s raining or a little windy, but it offers little protection from piercing cold temperatures. A thick, heavy coat is what’s needed in the winter. It will help retain heat in your core, which in turn helps warm your extremities.
- A hat: Much of your body’s warmth escapes from your head (if you don’t believe that, just take a look at the vapor rising off one’s head who’s walking around hatless on a cold day). Wintertime calls for a wool cap or beanie that covers your head and ears.
- Boots: What’s the one thing you’re ensured to encounter during cold temperatures: water. Whether it’s rain puddles or mounds of snow, water is adept at finding its way through regular shoes, soaking your socks and making you feel downright miserable. Thick, knee-high boots with rubber soles will help keep your feet nice and dry.
- Gloves: Your hands are among the first parts of your body to feel the effects of the cold, thanks to constantly having to touch frigid and frozen surfaces. Protected them with thick, durable gloves that fit well past your wrists.
It’s almost inevitable that at some point during your time in America, Jack Frost will have his chance to do some nipping at your nose. Not to worry; not even the cold can cool your excitement about being in America. Once you’re here, you’ll quickly learn to adapt to the more frigid climate. If you have family that will eventually be joining you, you can even prepare them for the change by outfitting them with proper fall and winter apparel before they arrive. Just arrange for an Ria money transfer, and they’ll have the funds needed to purchase their new cold gear in no time. To help ensure your reuniting with your loved ones in the U.S. is a warm occasion, contact us at Ria today.