With winter here and in full swing, being a reporter out in the field in sub-zero temperatures can be difficult. Tracking sources, getting your shots, conducting interviews is hard enough when the weather is nice, try it when you can’t feel your fingers. Sports Anchor/Reporter at FOX17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan Stephanie Funkhouser shares her best winter reporting essentials to keep you warm in the cold.
I got a TON of questions at work this weekend about my heated scarf I wore for high school football playoffs, so I thought I’d do a post on my favorite cold weather essentials!
These are all perfect for chilly football games as a fan or for work like me.
I got this heated scarf as a gift last Christmas and I was so excited to break it out for football season this week. Seriously life changing. It takes three AA batteries.
Smart wool socks. If you don’t have anything smart wool, you’re missing out. It is a breathable merino wool blend that keeps feet warm, comfortable and dry. I swear by these socks in the winter and my mom loves their zip-ups and gloves too! For the men reading this, they have men’s accessories as well.
I’ve always debated whether leggings or jeans were warmer during the winter… until I got these leggings at Athleta last year. They are fleece lined and so amazing. Athleta has a ton of great cold weather gear.
I got my first pair of Sorel boots at the end of college and I haven’t turned back since. These are by far my favorite winter boots. They are warm, but also waterproof so there’s no snow leakage going on in there.
This may seem like an obvious one, but hand warmers are key in staying warm when you’re outside for extended periods of time. I also recently bought toe warmers. The ones I bought were sticky on the bottom and you could place them right where you want in your boots/shoes. I would buy a bunch and keep them in your car, purse, backpack, etc all winter. Great in case of emergencies! (Wow I sound like my mom).
I hope this was helpful!! Living in Michigan for the past 7-8 years has taught me some things about surviving cold winters and how to survive cold football games, too!
There is nothing more versatile in the winter than a turtleneck. It keeps you warm while out on location without the bulk of a scarf and then pair it with a blazer when you get back into the studio and you have a very smart look in seconds.
You can follow Stephanie on Twitter @sdfunkhouser
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