What to Expect During an ABQ Winter

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When you think of the desert you often don’t think about winter or even the cold! However, living in a high desert comes with the reality that winter will be here sooner than we think. With the lowest temperatures usually being in the 20-30 degree range, getting ready for the colder months will help prevent stress. Being prepared and knowing what to expect during an ABQ winter will help you conquer the colder months!

1. Your Clothing

When it comes to winter clothing–the key is layering. T-shirts under sweaters, leggings under pants, and sometimes double socks. Hats are also essential here due to the harsh winds. Coats and gloves are also helpful to have when your little ones want to play in the snow. And while they may not always be available or affordable in mainstream stores, thrift stores and coat drives can come in handy! Here are some resources for finding coats:

KOATs for Kids – Coat Donation Drive
Guide to Thrift Stores in the Albuquerque Area

Also don’t forget to check your local neighborhood Facebook groups for moms giving away their kids’ old coats!

2. Your Car

During the colder months, you may find yourself with a broken-down vehicle on the side of the road. The last thing you want to be worried about is you and your children being cold. Here are a few things to keep in your car this winter:

  •  Extra Socks–Not only will these help keep your feet warm, but they will also work as mittens in a pinch.
  • Protein Bars and Water Bottles–these will last you through the season and they will allow you some extra assurance that you and your kids won’t go hungry.
  • First Aid Kit–this is always a good idea to have in your car, no matter the time of the year.
  • Hand Warmers–you can stick these inside your gloves or socks to keep yourself warm.
  • Blankets–keeping a few extra blankets in the car will not only help you remain warm but keep you cozy!

If you would like a more comprehensive emergency car kit, click here.

What to Expect During an ABQ Winter3. Your House

As uncomfortable as it is to think about, the power could go out during winter. It can be a stressful situation for sure, but there are a few things that can help you feel more at ease in case this were to happen.

  • Portable Phone Charger–this one will come in handy, but only if you remember to keep it charged.
  • Games and Books–these are just for fun and to keep you all entertained while the power is out.
  • Camping Supplies–setting up a tent and using sleeping bags in the living room will help keep you warm throughout the night
  • Easy to Prepare Foods–things like ramen noodles, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and other non-perishable food items are great to keep in your house for easy snacking when you don’t have power.

If you would like a more detailed emergency supplies kit, you can find one here.

Winter is full of magical moments, so don’t let the cold get you down! You and your family deserve to have a fun-filled winter. Remember to take care of yourself and to check in on friends and neighbors.



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