11 things for people who are always, always cold
Oh, and one thing for pets, too.
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Dreams of spring are not enough to keep you warm in February. I can see my breath on my walk to work, and there is still snow on the ground. If you’re looking to stay cozy through a long, rainy thaw (or even a chilly night in summer or fall), I’ve got you covered. Note: this story was originally published in February 2017. It’s been updated with the latest and greatest products.
Ember’s ceramic mug—and its travel mug—is my favorite product of 2017. Its ability to keep your beverages hot for extended periods makes it especially great for people who need help staying warm over these next cold winter months.
If winter turns your ears into icicles, meet Sprigs Earbags. They are like hats for your ears and come in small, medium, and large. Unlike traditional muffs, these fleece-lined warmers fit around your ears. There’s no band, so you can put them in your pocket. Plus, they won’t give you a headache.
These natural sheepskin insoles make any shoes warmer. Built with shock-absorbing foam on the bottom and low level arch support, you will be standing up straight and walking on a pillowy path all winter long.
Don’t run from the cold. Take it by the hand. Agloves touchscreen gloves are made with a soft, acrylic fiber that keep your hands warm and keep you connected to your phone. It doesn’t matter if you text with your pinky or your thumb, these gloves have silver-coated, nylon conductive fiber knitted into all 10 fingers. The silver also acts as a thermoregulator and traps the heat inside of the glove.
Or, if you’re crafty, you can turn any pair of gloves into a touchscreen-enabled pair. Full instructions, this way.
If gloves alone won’t do it, this multi-purpose rechargeable power bank and hand warmer made by OCOOPA will add the extra heat you need. It comes with two temperature settings—107F and 118F—and can charge USB devices. The device is small enough to fit in your palm and is heated on both sides.
This tear-resistant nylon blanket by Rumpl will keep you warm both inside and out. It’s like a puffy jacket for your bed! It’s stain-resistant, odor-resistant, and waterproof. It’s washer-friendly and comes with a small sack, making it easy take with you wherever you go.
Make some chicken parmigiana while you’re waiting for New Year’s fireworks or eat warm cookies on a Valentine’s Day outing. The Hot Logic Mini Personal Portable Oven lets you cook or reheat meals anywhere you have an outlet. The walls of the insulated tote carrying case are lined with aluminum to trap heat. Using low-slow conduction heat, the Hot Logic oven will evenly cook your food and keep it at a safe serving temperature.
Tea and coffee keep your body warm—and not just because of the temperature. The caffeine speeds up your metabolism, and that fuel-burning heats you up. For those who want a constant flow of warm H2O, this BonaVita 1-liter kettle has a real-time temperature display and built in timer. The kettle lets you keep your hot water at your precise specifications for up to 60 minutes.The gooseneck spout allows for a slower and more controlled pour, too.
If you put in the effort to make a hot beverage, don’t limit your consumption to the home. An insulated coffee mug will let you take that warm goodness wherever you need to go. Pop Sci editors have been geeking out over the stainless steel, 16-ounce Zojirushi travel mug.
If your one of those people who is very sensitive about the temperature of your bed, meet the Bedjet. The Bedjet, which is controlled through an app on your phone, warms the bed quicker than an electric blanket and uses a biorhythm temperature technology to help you sleep longer and better. It even includes a night sweat mode to help remove moisture from your sleeping area, keeping you dry throughout the night.
I wouldn’t let my dog Charlie freeze into a pupsicle! If you have the outdoor space and want to let your pets roam free while you run to the store, this pet house plugs into a standard wall outlet and is controlled by a preset thermostat to make sure your pet stays safe and warm. The house is made of water-resistant fine 600D polyester and the walls are insulated to help protect your pet from winter weather. While this house is made for cats, small dogs will fit just fine.