As some of you may know, last year Boston got hit with snow for weeks on end. However, all Boston winters are cold, windy and wet, and here are some quick tips on what to pack to prepare for the beautiful winter wonderland we don’t stop complaining about until spring thaw.

Must Haves:

-Winter Boots

You want to bring boots that are warm and waterproof. You don’t have to take snow boots if it’s not going to snow or you don’t already own them, but DO NOT think you can get away with packing what one would wear in a California or Florida winter. Most likely it will snow, and most likely your feet will get wet. So at the very least, waterproof your boots, and do not plan to wear heels unless you plan to change when you get to the convention center. If you’re not familiar with waterproof spray, it’s very easy to find online, and will keep your boots from letting in all the lovely wet on the ground. Also, you’ll want to bring extra socks. Even if you have waterproof shoes, you never know, and they don’t take up much space in your suitcase.

-Winter Coat

This one is a gimme. You need a real winter coat, one that will cover your whole torso, and can put up with Boston winter temperatures. Typical January temperatures are 30 degrees Fahrenheit, but it can get colder, so make sure you have something that will keep you warm and toasty.

-Scarves, mittens and hats

You DO need a scarf, and gloves, and a hat. Boston weather is not only cold and windy, but it can also change mid-day. You might leave your hotel thinking it will be mild and dry, and then realize it’s snowing and you wish you could just wrap a towel around your head. IT’s not cute, but no one looks cute outside in Boston in January. You won’t be the only one who looks like a stuffed toy version of yourself.

-Tissues and Cough Drops

You may think tissues and cough drops are silly and that you can just buy them if you need them. However, if you’re not used to the climate, or you have allergies, chances are you will get sniffly. It gets very dry in the winter here, and even if you don’t need those things on your trip, you may become the hero of the person next to you.

-A note on traveling in the city:

So many of you have heard I’m sure about the issues with the MBTA last year. Inclement weather can slow down and even cancel trains, so make sure you leave extra time if you’re taking the T. You may want to do the same with Ubers and Taxis. When there is snow on the road, everyone has to go slower. You may think a trip won’t take long, but sometimes whole parts of the roads get blocked, reducing the number of cars that can drive on the road at a time.

-Some places to find weather information for Boston:

NECN  http://www.necn.com/weather/, Channel 4 http://weather.boston.cbslocal.com/US/MA/boston.html, Channel 7 http://www.whdh.com/weather, Channel 25http://www.myfoxboston.com/weather, boston.com
Martha Boksenbaum is the Children’s Librarian at the Chelsea Public Library in Chelsea, MA.

One Thought on “Getting Ready for Winter in Boston

  1. I don’t live in Boston, but I do live in the New England area, and I second all of this. One thing I would definitely suggest people bring/wear that is not on the list is long underwear and not wear skirts. And a note about mittens/gloves: Make sure they’re nice and thick. At a minimum two layers knitted or a fabric outer layer with some kind of lining (thinsulate is good). And you may need an extra pair of mittens/gloves and an extra scarf if it gets especially cold. Also, if you want to prevent sniffles, start taking vitamin C before the conference and keep taking it until you get back home. A nurse friend of my family swears by it.

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