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6 tips for staying warm in your dorm room

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With the winter season fast approaching, many students are thinking about ways to keep their dorm rooms warm. Severe weather seems to have become the norm, and it’s becoming harder to keep your dorm room heated. The weather at this time of the year can get really chilly. All you want to do is curl up in a ball and watch the latest series. But sometimes that’s just not enough to stay warm in the winter weather.

There are several ways to stay warm throughout winter without cranking up that heater. You can stay warm even in the coldest of climates. Many assume that keeping snug has to be pricey but it’s not always the case. If you make some simple and smart decisions, sharpen your DIY skills and pick the right heating system, you can stay warm throughout the cold season.

Your dorm room may not have a thermostat, which means you can’t control the temperature in your room. Your room may become unexpectedly warm or cool. You want to make sure you have a fan in your room for when it becomes too warm. However, when it’s cold, what do you do? Here are a few tips to stay warm in your dorm room this winter.

Rearrange your blankets

That plush blanket you layer on top of your comforter may look nice and fit in with your decorating style but it’s not doing a lot more than that. To maximise the warmth in your room, place blankets over your sheet and under your comforter. If you don’t have enough blankets to keep you warm, look for winter bedding sets online and try to find the cheapest one possible. And you don’t have to worry if the blanket matches your colour scheme or not since it’s not really going to be seen. Only by your roommate, of course. Plus, on the coldest of nights, you can still pile extra blankets over your comforter. The more blankets you have, the better. They add the perfect level of cosiness and warmth. Whether you’re studying or having friends over, blankets are necessary.

You should also consider a electric blanket. This might be on your list of “no-nos” but a heated blanket may just be your lifesaver this chilly season. Sleeping in cold weather, especially when you don’t have control over the temperature in your room, can be extremely uncomfortable. A heated blanket will allow you to sleep more soundly.

Rethink your sheets

It’s time to pack up your cotton and consider trying fleece sheets to keep you warm. It’s especially great if you’re someone who feels more comfortable sleeping in shorts regardless of the season. If you think the fleece blanket would get too hot during the night, you should consider lying on a fleece blanket instead. At any point, you can take the blanket out from under you and toss it aside when you get too toasty.

Get comfy rugs

Rugs are important if you don’t have a carpet in your room because touching cold tiles is unbearable in winter. Opt for a small area rug next to your bed or a huge one that takes up most of the room. Rugs can even be laid over wall-to-wall carpet, giving that extra warmth.

Buy a humidifier

If you’re someone who has dry skin or is prone to getting a bloody nose in the winter, a humidifier is worth looking into. Humidified air may actually feel warmer than dry air. It can be attributed to the fact that with more water in the air, sweat evaporates more slowly, leaving you feeling warmer.

Figure out the heating

Some dorm rooms have centralised heating that you don’t have control over. But if yours is controlled room by room, you get to decide your own temperature. If you share a room, it’s best to check with your roommate first to see what temperature they’re comfortable with. And if you control your own heat, it’s best to figure out how it works.

Get a kettle

A kettle is one of the appliances needed in every dorm room. Warm drinks are usually perfect for studying or when you get back from class and need something to bring your body temperature back to normal. Having an electric kettle in your dorm room can be a lifesaver. It gets the water boiling and is perfect if your cups aren’t microwavable.

Aside from buying items that physically heat your body up, you can try many other smaller things to stay warm. This includes layering up your clothes or pyjamas, investing in a heater and drinking warm soups, teas and coffees.

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