It may not be officially winter yet, but it’s just around the corner. Lest we get complacent with the warmer weather, this Southerner on the move gives Tommy and the rest of you New England folk a reason to double-check your Winter Preparedness List.

The Problem

Hank: I’m moving from the South to the Northeast for work. I know you’re a Boston guy, so I’m curious to know what I need to be prepared for in terms of the Winter. Maybe give me the top 3 things I should be thinking about in terms of surviving a New England winter.

The Solution

Tommy: Welcome to New England!

1) Four wheel drive. I used to get around without it until it snowed like crazy or got really icy, then you were stuck. Now I have a truck and I wouldn’t do it any other way. At least have front wheel drive. But personally I find that having four wheel drive is a must. And if you don’t have a reliable car, make sure you’ve packed extra clothing in the car in case it breaks down.

2) Long underwear. I go with Carhartt. Maybe it’s because I’m used to wearing it as a kid. I’ve been caught outdoors without it before and let me tell you, it’s not worth it. Sometimes when you first go outside it may seem warm, but cold weather creeps up on you. Inside 15 minutes, you’re going to feel it.

3) Warm jacket. Again, I may go with Carhartt, although some people don’t think they’re the prettiest. A lot depends on what you’re doing. If you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, you’ll want a heavier jacket. And make sure you’re layered. I always have turtlenecks.

Besides that, you’ll definitely want good boots and socks. And lastly, be prepared for it to get dark after 4PM. That’s going to be an adjustment!