What is it like to live in a cold country?

A man carrying a baby on a stroller while walking on snow

What is it like living in a cold country?

That’s a question I’ve been asked many times. I understand very well when someone asks me that because I come from a hot country. If this is your first time on this blog, let’s get to know each other. I am Zippy, born and raised in Kenya but currently living in Norway.

Now you understand me. I mean, you know why today’s post! Coming from a country where it’s only 17 degrees to a country where it can get as cold as minus 30 degrees, it’s a bit “crazy.”

When I moved to Norway, it was just at the beginning of spring. And I was told it was not the coldest year. Still, I suffered a lot. It was the first month with colds, not to mention dry skin from the cold air.

Even though I suffered, I had to learn to deal with it. After all, it wasn’t just a visit; it was a permanent move.

So, dear reader, have you moved and are now living in a cold country, or would you like to move one day? Let’s take this journey together as I share two ways I’ve learned to survive in a cold country.

2 Ways to survive living in a cold country

# Get out

You think you read it wrong, oh hell no! I meant to get out.

I imagine the look on your face as you read this, but that’s how I felt at first when I was told to try to get out. I thought snuggling on the couch with a blanket was the only way out.

But I realized that I was doing myself a disservice. I was missing out on many things to do in cold weather.

The sooner you learn to love being outside in the extreme cold, the easier the transition will be. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to snowboard or ski; to be honest, I haven’t tried any of that, but you can start with simple things like just stomping around in the snow. And I bet you; you’ll love it!

# Put on more clothes

I bet I hated having caps and wool sweaters. But oh boy, I had to push that “hate” aside.

What's like living in a cold country

Living in a cold country like Norway means layering up! That is, wool sweaters, jackets, hats, gloves, socks, and boots).

A few lightly warming layers are more valuable than a single warm layer because layers keep the heat close to your body and provide much-needed insulation.

All in all, it’s a good experience that I’m going to live to enjoy.

Have you ever been in a situation like this? Feel free to let us know how you handled it in the comments below.