We know what you’re thinking—“but wait just a second…aren’t we barely into fall?” You’re right about that, but while it might be unseasonably warm at this very moment it’s important to remember that we’ve already had two snow storms in Colorado this year. Whether or not that means that we’re in for a cold and snowy winter is anyone’s guess, but because it’s already snowed a couple of times so far we think it’s important to start preparing now for the inevitable snow storms that cause us to have to say indoors. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a day of cancelled classes, is there?

That’s why in today’s post the team at Ram’s Crossing East, your source for the best apartments for rent in Fort Collins, is here to offer a couple of tips to help you to get ready for winter. After all, as the old saying goes, plan for the worst and hope for the best. We want to help you to do just that. So what can you do to start preparing now for a winter that’s full of snow? Keep reading to find out!

3 Tips for Getting Ready for Winter

Plan to Stay Warm

At the risk of sounding a bit too much like your parents here, we’d like to pose a question—do you have a warm winter coat? If you’re anything like we were while we were in college then there’s a good chance that you head out the door in a hoodie and call it good. Here’s the truth though. Sickness has a way of creeping up on everyone in the winter and before you know it it’s reared its ugly head and it seems like 90% of the people at CSU have the plague. One of the ways you can prevent this is by staying warm when it is cold outside. (And, you know, by washing your hands regularly.)

If you don’t yet have a coat to stay warm in this winter, head on out and grab one. It can be intimidating because you don’t want to drop big bucks as a student, but Target, Walmart, and other big box stores can usually do the trick, or you can head to Sierra Trading Post, Jax, or even Scheels over in Loveland to find a warm and cozy coat at a huge discount. You might have to give a bit of effort, but if you’re willing to put in a little bit of time you’ll be rewarded with a warm coat that will last you for many years to come.

What’s In Your Pantry?

College students aren’t known for having pantries full of food. It only makes sense, of course, because not everyone can afford to stock a pantry and many of us shop for groceries a week at a time. When it comes right down to it, many people just grab fast food because it’s often quick, cheap, and easy.

But when the weather takes a turn for the worse, are you prepared? Our advice on the matter is to stock up a bit now. You don’t have to go overboard or anything, nor do you have to spend an arm and a leg to make sure you’re ready in case you’re snowed in. Grab a case of ramen and you’re only out a couple of bucks. You could also purchase cans of soup or boxes of mac and cheese. These items ensure that you’re not left high and dry if the weather gets too bad and they’re easy to store indefinitely. Plus if the spring comes and you haven’t depleted your stock then you get to skip out on shopping for groceries for awhile, making it a win/win!

Trust us when we say that you’ll be glad you stocked up when it’s so icy outside that even the nearby pizza place won’t deliver you any food.

Make Sure You Have Movies

Okay, last (and probably most importantly if we’re being honest) is the fact that if you do get trapped in your apartment you’re going to want to have something to do. It might seem rather limiting at first, but once the realization dawns on you that you can’t go outside and your classes are cancelled it starts to feel a whole lot better.

It only makes sense then that you stock up on some movies now. Is there anything better than curling up on the couch with a warm blanket and watching movies all day? We would argue that no, there is not. Whether your preference is to buy a few movies that you know and love or you’d rather seek out films that you’ve always wanted to see but never got the chance to, there’s no time like the present. The hardest part will be waiting to watch them until the snow day arrives, but we believe you can do it.

Bonus tip: think about other hobbies that you have that you could enjoy if you had a whole day off. Whether it’s crayons and a coloring book or scrapbooking or editing photos, a snow day means that you can dedicate an entire day to something you actually want to do.

Make Your Home at Our Apartments Near CSU

If you’re looking for an apartment near campus, you’re in the right place. One of the biggest advantages is the fact that you’ll be just steps from all of your classes which also means that you don’t have far to walk when it does get cold. And for those days where there is just too much snow and class gets cancelled you’ll be able to enjoy our many amenities.

We have a number of different for both apartments and townhomes for rent near CSU so if you’re in need of a place to live we’d love to show you around so you can get the lay of the land. Schedule a tour today to see for yourself and remember to do your best to stay warm out there as fall turns to winter.