Let’s Discuss: What Are Your Go-To Winter Survival Essentials?

Nothing gets in … and nothing gets out. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Literally the only thing that keeps me from hibernating in my bathtub from December until March are my Carhartt overalls. Quilt-lined and constructed of a canvas so tough you could paw your way through a barbed wire fence in them without a scratch, they are my wintertime fortress and protector from all things cold, windy and wet.

Combined with one-too-many base layers, a wool sweater or two, Original Muck Boot Company boots, fur-lined trapper hat, random scarf my mother-in-law gave me, and insulated gloves the size of catcher mitts, I look like a cross between the stay-puft marshmallow man and a post-apocalyptic squirrel hunter. Horses take one look at in the field and run the opposite direction, and frankly I don’t blame them.

Nobody wants to be here right now. Photo courtesy of Leslie Wylie.

We do what we must, though, to survive — and winter is coming. This week’s “Let’s Discuss” topic: What are your go-to winter survival essentials? Clothing, barn gear, gadgets … tell us what gets you through in the comments section below!