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Living in a tropical country and suddenly moving into someplace else with a much colder climate can be quite an adjustment. It’s more than just adjusting to an occasional Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and stone cold fingers. Moving somewhere else with a completely different climate has got to take quite some time of packing and preparation.
The Philippines is a tropical country located in Southeast Asia. Being a tropical country with 7,641 islands filled with majestic beaches, your first instinct would probably be to shy away from this state as it doesn’t have cities or seasons of cold weather. Well, hate to break it to you, but the Philippines actually has quite a few towns or cities that have a cooler climate than the rest of those in the country.
For one, Baguio is dubbed as The Summer Capital of the Philippines because of its year-round chilly and misty weather. Situated high up on the mountains, Baguio has easily become a favorite family vacation destination, especially during Christmas. Aside from Baguio, Tagaytay is also one. In fact, Tagaytay is recognized as the country’s Second Summer Capital next to Baguio. The good thing about Tagaytay is that it’s much more accessible, which also makes it a favorite weekend getaway spot.
However, not everyone would want to just go and leave these places. For some, staying and actually living in cold-climate cities is a dream come true. Planning to relocate soon? Here are a few tips to follow when moving to a cold-climate city:
Consider Getting A Chalet
Yes, you read that right, a chalet! Do consider getting a cottage if you still haven’t bought a home because this can actually save you from the coldest of nights, especially during December!
Tagaytay Highlands is the first and best mountain resort in the Philippines, and it is, in fact, also the first one to house Swiss chalets in a tropical country. The reason being Tagaytay the Second Summer Capital of the Philippines. Cooler climate, as compared to Manila, is experienced all year round, which is perfect for chalets! And, not to mention, Tagaytay Highlands’ Swiss chalets are not only designed to keep you warm during the cold but also to give enough breath of fresh air during warm summer nights. It works both ways, so it’s a win-win for you!
Invest In Warm Clothing
If you plan to move to a place with freezing weather, then you might want to invest in warm clothing. Your most significant investment should be a parka or any thick jacket to keep you warm at all times. Don’t worry, though, because thrift stores are actually your best friend! If you don’t want to splurge on parkas and other warm clothing, then you can check out your local thrift shops for these pieces.
Learn How To Layer
After purchasing your “winter” clothes, you have to learn how to layer them! Yes, you actually need to layer your clothes because one parka or jacket may not be enough, especially during the Christmas season when it’s much colder. My advice is, start wearing heat technology clothing underneath your jacket or parka so you’d feel even much warmer.
Make A Winter Survival Kit
Better be ready than not, right? In that case, you might want to prepare an emergency winter survival kit, just in case some things go wrong. Your kit should include the following:
- a flashlight
- thermal blanket
- non-perishable, high-calorie snacks to get you through hunger
- shovel (in case you live somewhere with really extreme snow)
- a whistle
- first aid kit
Have A Dog With You
Having a pet amidst the cold climate can be quite challenging, especially if they enjoy going on long walks around the neighborhood. But it’s worth it! Having a pet with you, no matter the climate or weather, is always a good idea. Just make sure that they, too, are kept warm at all times.
Moving into someplace cold is definitely thrilling. Still, you need to take precautionary measures because too much cold can actually cause some consequences like catching a cold more often, getting frostbite, and the like. Nevertheless, it’s going to be an exciting adjustment! Make sure to follow those tips mentioned above to keep you warm and ready at all times!