"Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since there's no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!"
Oh, Dean Martin, if only it were that easy! All we really want to do it curl up in a cosy cotton ball and hibernate all winter! But real life does go on: we still have places to go, things to do, and at the very least, need to keep ourselves self-sufficient and stocked up with everything we need for surviving through the winter.
If you are forced to leave home and battle against the elements, then you need to make sure you're prepared for every eventuality: is there a snow storm on the way? What's the safest route for my drive across town? What happens if my car breaks down?
And even if it's not essential for you to venture out, you still need to make sure you've got enough fuel for the fire (and your belly), plenty of viewing material to keep you entertained, and activities to keep you perky when the winter blues (and cabin fever) inevitably set in.
Check out our comprehensive list of the best iPhone apps to get you through winter, however long it lasts!
What's scarier than getting caught up in a blizzard? Why, getting caught up in a stone-cold fashion faux pas, of course! Swackett has the super solution to both of those wintery woes by presenting the weather report in the form of a weather-appropriate outfit suggestion. As well as looking swell (yet snug as a bug in a rug), you'll avoid extreme weather conditions and get a full forecast for the icy days ahead.
Winter driving can be hazardous, and there's nothing worse than being stuck in a jam when all you want is to be at home in your pjs in front of the fire. Waze crowd-sources all the info you'll ever need to avoid accidents and congestion, so you'll get home quickly and safely.
If you get stuck while driving in the winter weather, you’ll need to know your exact location to get help. With the Winter Survival Kit you can quickly find your current location, call the emergency services, and know how long your car can run for based on how much gas you have. There's also great tips on prepping your car for icy weather, as well as what you should include in your emergency travel kit.
Heading away for the weekend to that cosy log cabin was a great idea. Heading out for logs and getting lost in a snow drift was NOT. Let your your loved ones know where they should come and rescue you with Wave. This nifty app lets you view a contact and request to see their location for as long as you wish. When they accept, it generates a private map for you to track each other’s live movements.
Winter grocery shopping is a nightmare. Either you are trudging in nasty slush praying your over-packed bags won't break, or painstakingly directing your car through icy roads to try and find a parking spot. Get groceries delivered straight to your door, in just 1 hour, with Instacart! They'll bring you goods from stores like Whole Foods Market and Costco, and delivery is FREE on your first order.
Make your tummy happy with some warm and comforting, home-cooked delicacies. Yummly is a multi-talented recipe generator: as well as suggesting cooks based on the ingredients you have in the cupboard, its context based algorithm will offer recommendations based on day, season, and the weather outside your window.
You're too cold (and lazy) to brave the wintery weather and drag yourself out for dinner. But you still want restaurant-quality food whilst you veg in front of the TV in your onesie. Don't get Hangry, my dear fellow: download it instead! EAT24's premium service lets you order take-out from 25,000 different restaurants across more than 1,500 different cities.
If you own a set of skis, then the arrival of winter gets you as giddy as a kipper. Ski and Snow Report delivers up-to-the-minute ski and snow conditions from your favorite ski resorts, so you'll know which slopes to head for via live ski area cams, live user tweets, and up-to-the minute trail info.
If you can't binge-watch TV guilt-free in winter, when can you? Netflix and chill until at least March, with the biggest, baddest catalog of films and series on the market. If you haven't already for some bizarre reason, investing in a subscription is money well spent, any day of the week.
As soon as the cold weather sets in, most of us go into hibernation mode: over-eating, under-moving, and generally vegetating until spring. Stay motivated - because it being too chilly to go to the gym isn't an excuse - with 7 Minute Workout Challenge. This compact, heart-pumping regime will only steal 420 seconds out of your day-to-day - ain't nobody NOT got time for dat.
Winter can really drag you down: months of cold and snow can affect your energy levels, your mood, and even your productivity. The Mindfulness App will help you cope with whatever Mother Nature throws at you, with guided meditations, mindfulness messages, and calming sounds to help you stay chipper.