NYC Winter Commute Survival Shopping List
Happy New Year, everyone! The holidays are over, which means it’s officially time to face the dreaded winter commute into NYC–and these upcoming months are notoriously the worst. Just a few weeks ago we were commuting in a “winter wonderland” and now we’re all just trying to survive the desolate tundra from The Day After Tomorrow.
Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal aren’t here save us now, so I’ve bravely stepped up and compiled a NYC Winter Commute Shopping List. To make it until April, you’ll need everything on this list to survive the elements, the MTA, and your hatred towards everyone on the PATH train.
Fear0 is a clothing brand founded and operated right here out of Jersey City! In addition to making high-quality active wear, they also have a “Shoes for Homeless” program where for every pair bought, they will donate a pair of shoes to the local community.
If your new year’s resolution was to bike to work, I’ve got the jacket for you! This Patagonia jacket is a great active jacket that keeps you dry from rain and snow–but not from sweat or tears. Just remember, you did this to yourself.
Speaking of sweat and tears, prevent strangers tearing up from your b.o. with this effective, natural deodorant. Personally, one of my least favorite things about winter commuting is the sweating from running to buses and hot, crowded trains. The bus fumes definitely aren’t natural, but at least this deodorant is!
These wool socks have the highest reviews on Amazon, and the company was started right here in NYC! It’s made of Merino wool, which is normally expensive, but People Socks are VERY affordable.
Winter commuting and working is all about the layers, so why not show off your NJ → NYC commuter pride while you’re at it?
Inside all warm and cozy, staring outside at your car, dreading the trek from your front door to your front seat? Don’t fret! Viper SmartStart offers a range of products (from remotes to an app!) for remote starting and locking your car. It requires a membership, but the reviews are great.
I’m still not fully sure what a “snood” is, but based on the coy, attractive man in the picture, it looks very warm and cozy. Nirvanna Designs has been in pop-up holiday stores around the city, and each purchase helps employ craftspeople in Nepal, which the designs are based from.
Carry all of your additional winter gear and layers in this awesome Jersey City cloth tote. You can get it at Kanibal & Co., right off the Grove Street Path stop.
Wish scraping the ice off your car in 6 am could be more fun? Feel like the abominable snowman for a few minutes with this fuzzy and fierce ice scraper mitt!
Business Insider named it the best affordable winter jacket for women, and Orolay has great mens and kids jackets as well. Even better, these stylish jackets are designed for city living.
Especially if you have a far walk to the train or your office, these are fantastic for wearing under your jeans or work clothes. Yes, leggings are generally sold to women, but who cares – men should get on the leggings train (it runs better than the PATH). They’ll keep you warm and comfy.
I’m not fully sure how the magic works in what is deemed the “magic snow scraper,” but according to the Amazon reviews, it works really well! And it’s made in upstate NY, so you know it must be ready for any winter!
Lastly, treat yourself to some serenity and calm as you commute. Person next to you on the bus belting Celine Dion at 8:30am? No problem; you know you can hit those high notes better, anyway. Keep your cool with some CBD from JC!