Winter may be behind us, but we're told a snowstorm is on its way and will hit many parts of the UK before we're blessed with some warm weather.
With extreme weather possibly incoming, a lot of us are searching for all the essentials to protect us from the elements. Not only do we need extra layers, but we are also looking for genius gadgets for our home and cars to keep them protected against the snow.
From heating devices to keep you and your home insulated, to toiletry essentials, and kits for those on the road, we have found the best buys you will be thankful for stocking up on now and in advance of any future storms.
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Reebok studio puffer jacket
Of course, before bracing any cold weather you need to be sure you have insulating layers, and a puffer jacket is always high on our wishlist.
This one from Reebok has a high collar and bungee-adjustable hem to keep you covered against chill breezes.
Reebok puffer jacket, £75, JD Sports
AA emergency winter car kit
Breakdowns are common when there are poor weather conditions, which is why being prepared for the worst is a must.
This genius car kit, curated by AA, includes a foldable snow shovel, hi-vis, an LED torch, booster cables, and much more.
AA emergency winter car kit, £27.95, Amazon
No matter the weather a windscreen cover is a failsafe essential all year round - and many years to come at that.
Whether it is pouring with rain, a little frosty out, or even beaming sunshine, a windscreen cover will protect the exterior and interior.
Tevlaphee windscreen cover, £22.98, Amazon
Hiking leg gaiters
There’s nothing worse than chunks of snow, or rain, seeping into your clothes and making them wet, and consequently cold, when it’s already sub temperatures outside.
However, Le Gaiters are a nifty must-have to wear over your shoes and trousers to protect you from the weather, and keep you warm and dry.
Hiking leg gaiters, from £9.99, Amazon
Whether it’s raining, frosty, or snowing, a cover to protect the exterior and also the mechanical internal mechanisms of any vehicle or tool is paramount to prevent any damage or moisture from getting inside.
The solution: a cover. This protective layering acts as a barrier between the cold weather and the vehicle when out of use.
Motorbike cover, £25.99, Amazon
Draught excluder tape
There’s nothing worse than feeling a draught around your neck, or sweeping through your home, any time of year, but especially during a cost of living crisis.
It is super simple to fit, and can go under doors, on the side of doors, as well as around windows, or on garages, to stop any cold, rain or snow getting in.
Draught excluder tape, £8.99, Amazon
2-in-1 ice scraper
This genius 2-in-1 design is the perfect prop to scrape water from your windscreen, and brush it off the car, motorbike, or even your external bins on the next snow day.
Getting rid of the snow is essential, not only to see out of your car windows but so when it thaws the moisture does not creep into your home and cause any damp or mould internally.
2-in-1 ice scraper, £17.99, Amazon
Emma Hug weighted blanket
Emma is the go-to shopping destination for all bedding essentials, from mattresses and pillows to weighted blankets.
Emma’s Weighted Blanket is made from two layers of microfibre and polyester pad, while the fine glass beads inside work to distribute weight evenly across the blanket, so you stay snug.
Emma Hug weighted blanket, £99 (WAS £198), Emma
RAC 120 Lumen heavy duty lantern
It’s always a good idea to keep a torch in the home for times when the power may cut out, which may well happen when a storm hits.
It’s also a good idea to keep a torch with you in the car, just in case you get caught out.
RAC 120 Lumen heavy duty lantern, £12.99, Argos
Complete first aid kit
A first aid kit is another failsafe essential to have in the home at all times, and not just in preparation for a snowstorm.
This kit includes wound dressings, an eye wash, plasters, cleansing wipes, scissors, foil, and much more.
Complete first aid kit, £20, Boots
Sanex toiletries bundle
When a snowstorm hits the last thing you want to do is leave the house to venture outside for some shower gel or shampoo.
With that in mind, it is well worth stocking up on the basic essentials, which includes toiletries. This bundle includes deodorant, shower gel and shampoo so you can be clean and fresh.
Sanex toiletries bundle, £10, Boots
Andrex Supreme Quilts toilet tissue 16 rolls
We’ve already mentioned toiletries are an essential worth stocking up on in case of an emergency, and that also includes toilet roll.
For those who have guests staying, a large family, or want a back up stock of loo roll, Wilko has a large bundle on sale now.
Andrex Supreme Quilts toilet tissue 16 rolls, £7.99 (WAS £11.85), Wilko
Duracell Plus AA batteries
Batteries are something we often forget to buy, and when we need to replace a battery we are left sifting through odd ones in the bottom of the drawer and hope for the best.
To save the hassle, and panic when a storm hits, it is well worth investing in a bulk pack of batteries.
Duracell Plus AA batteries, £11.49, Robert Dyas
Come a snow day, or stormy weather, we want to be warm indoors, and for those who may have a draughty home, and want to beat the chill an additional heater is worth investing in.
This particular indoor heater oscillates, which means that warmth is spread throughout the room.
Etna indoor space heater, £29.99 (WAS £39.99), Robert Dyas
Driving in the snow can be treacherous, and while it is advised to stay off the roads, for those who absolutely have to travel should invest in snow chains.
All you do is fit these around the wheels to provide extra grip on slippery surfaces.
Husky Sumex steel snow chains for 15" car tyres, £34.95, B&Q
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