Winter protip: hand warmers. Lots of them.

October 31, 2011 at 12:08 AM | Miscellany | View Comments

Now that winter is coming, I'd like to share a tip that has been the difference between a terrible and a great day: hand warmers. Lots of hand warmers.

Here's what you do:

  1. Buy hand warmers. Lots of them. Like fifteen pairs of them. They are $1.20 for a pair, so no banks will be broken by having a few extras.
  2. Put a pair (or two?) in the pocket of each of your winter jackets.
  3. Use them! Next time you (or your friend/spouse/child) is uncomfortably cold, just rip a hand warmer open. Ten minutes later you'll have a warm little bundle of joy to stick in your boot/glove/jacket/hat.

There are a bunch of reasons I've found step three to be hard: I don't want to admit to myself that I'm actually cold, I don't want to use them now because I may need them even more in the future, or because I don't feel like the warmth is worth the $1.20 it will cost... But since I have never regretted using one, I feel like it's worth tricking myself into using them more liberally by keeping lots of spares around, using it "for a friend", and telling myself that each one only costs 60¢ (that's like two quarters!).