“The cold never bothered me anyway.”

Backpacks filled with textbooks, purses cluttered with pens, and pockets littered with random sticky notes; for many of us, it’s the dreaded and frosty second semester. Between dry skin, headaches, and the flu roaming around, it’s hard finding the motivation to pull yourself out of bed and into class.

Make it to your 8 a.m. lecture by equipping your bag with five of the best tools to prepare you for every winter mishap:

1. Lip balm

Alan from The Hangover applying chapstick

Listen, no one likes chapped lips. Among the handful of wonderful things winter ushers in, it also brings dryness and exposure to harsh weather conditions. Our lips go through it. Lip balm; find some, buy some, use some.

Head to your local Dollarama and pick up any lip balm, you deserve it.


2. Headache remediesPeppermint Halo product by Saje Natural Wellness

The headaches and migraines that come about during the winter season can add to the negative connotation that many associate with this time of year. There is nothing worse than being halfway through class and experiencing one of these bad boys.

Get ahead of the pain by picking up one of my personal favourites, Peppermint Halo. This roll-on remedy helps to combat headaches by using peppermint, lavender, and rosemary. Roll it on your temples or the back of your neck and relax!


3. Touch screen gloves

Touch screen glove holding phone

A quintessential in both snowball fights and browsing @shareignite on Instagram. My favourite pair can be found on Amazon. They’re unisex with thermal lining and touch screen sensitivity.

Keep frostbite at bay and protect those phalanges!


4. Hand sanitizer

Talk show host applying hand sanitizer to both hands and in mouth

Transit, public washrooms, door handles, oh my! Germs are lurking everywhere. With coughs and sneezes scattered around campus,  you should protect yourself before you wreck yourself.

Hate the smell? Bath & Body Works have sanitizers that not only smell delicious, but they also have cute holders for them as well!


5. Sunglasses

Anthony from The Breakfast Club puts on sunglasses

Ever drive during golden hour when it’s wet or snowy on the road? The sunset is amazing for selfies, but terrible for your eyes. Stop overlooking sunnies in the winter! Use shades to both save your eyes and elevate a winter look.

Winter shouldn’t leave you battered and broken. Check out these natural remedies to help you make it out of the flu season like a champ.

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