Five Weather Essentials to Survive a Year in Boston
Boston weather over the course of a school year can range from 70 degree sunny days in September to -6 degree snowy days in January. Since your main form of transportation in the city will probably be walking, it’s important to be prepared for any weather. These are five weather essentials that will keep you cool and comfortable all year, no matter the weather!
- Wind-proof umbrella
Also called vented umbrellas, wind-proof umbrellas have slits that allow wind to go through so your umbrella doesn’t fly away with the wind. The Comm Ave wind tunnel is real, so these are crucial. An umbrella is something I always keep in my backpack just in case there are some unexpected showers throughout the day.
- Waterproof raincoat
Emphasis on waterproof. I had a water resistant raincoat my freshman year and got soaked the first time I had to make a 15-minute walk home from work in the rain. Check out raincoats on sale in the summer when they’re on sale!
- Layer-able clothing
Most people coming to Boston for the first time know they need a good winter coat, but layers are just as important! There are days where it may be chilly in the morning, but warm and sunny in the afternoon. Being able to take off a jacket and still be comfortable (or put on a sweater in a cold classroom) is really important.
Sunscreen isn’t just for days at the beach! The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing sunscreen anytime you’re going to be outside — UV rays can be just as damaging on cloudy days as they can on sunny days. Add some sunscreen to your skin care routine and give your skin some extra protection.
- Winter boots
No one likes cold feet. Depending on the type of boots you get, you can also wear them on rainy days and avoid getting your sneakers soaked. Afraid snow boots won’t fit your style? Try getting a pair of Doc Martens, which are fashionable enough to match your favorite outfit and functional enough to get you through the winter.
Boston’s weather can be unpredictable, but never fear: CA Ali has five weather essentials you need to survive a school year at BU!