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Cold weather hacks you NEED to know

Winter at Go Ape

Yeah, alright, we get it. It’s cold. And it’s only going to get colder. But, we’ve got one thing to say to you, winter: Bring it on!

This weather can make even the most outdoorsy of people want to don their fluffy slipper socks and crash in front of the sofa. But, it’s time to turn that (frosty) frown upside down. To help you do that, we’ve compiled a list of 15 life hacks that’ll transform your winter from plain old brrr to brrr-illiant! You can thank us later…

1. Want to keep your feet and toes toasty? Get hold of some wool and cut out insole shapes for extra warmth.

2. Having to get the scraper out every morning can be a right pain in the neck. If you park your car facing east, the sun will help defrost your windscreen as it rises.

3. Here kitty, kitty! If your car gets stuck in the snow, putting cat litter under the tyres will help to get you moving again.

4. It may be great smothered on a bag of fish shop chips, but vinegar is also the solution to keeping your windshield free from ice. Grab yourself a spray bottle and fill it with one part water to two parts vinegar.

5. Heading out for a bike ride in the snow? Grab yourself a set of zip ties, thread them at even intervals around your tyres and voila, your own makeshift snow tyres!

6. Excessive wearing of your favourite woolly number can often lead to pilling. Getting rid of it is simple: buy a cheap razor and shave it off!

7. If you’re planning a winter’s walk but can’t remember where you last left your waterproof socks, sandwich bags are equally as rain-resistant! Put them around your feet before slipping into your shoes.

8. Battling a severe case of Seasonal Affective Disorder? Making the most of those sunshine hours will help boost your mood and keep you thinking positive. So wrap-up warm and get outdoors!

9. Our skin takes a battering during the cooler months. Applying ChapStick to cracked and dry knuckles will help soften the skin and relieve any discomfort. Keep one in your pocket at all times.

10. …And speaking of dry skin, although it might be tempting to take long, hot showers, minimising the time you spend in the bathroom and turning down the heat will help to keep skin soft.

11. Scarves in a tangle? Instead of shoving them in a drawer, loop them over trouser hangers and hang them up in your wardrobe.

12. The hot water bottle – an essential companion during these cold, winter months. Use it to warm up your bed before you go to sleep, or your clothes before you head out into the cold.

13. If you need another excuse to cook-up some tasty treats in the kitchen, here’s one: leaving the oven door open after use will help to keep your home warm. Just remember to turn it off.

14. If ice-cold air is entering your home through gaps in the doors, a cheap way to fix this is to buy some pipe insulation and fit it around the frame.

15. If snow gets serious this year, spray your shovel with cooking spray so the white stuff doesn’t stick to it. Use a broom to clear light snow from pathways.

If you’ve got any life hacks of your own to share, we’d love to hear them!

Add a little sunshine to your January

About Go Ape

January may be a grey month, but it needn’t be blue as well!

If you can’t help but feel a little glum, then it’s time to recognise the positives: January is the start of a brand new year, which means a whole twelve months of activities and adventures to plan and get excited about!

Though the sun may be hibernating behind a mass of thick grey cloud, there are many things you can do to add some sunshine of your own to January. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Organise a get together

One thing you realise during Christmas is that there is such a thing as too much family time (sorry!) But with all the festivities a few weeks behind us, now’s a great opportunity to organise a get together with your loved ones. You could plan a Sunday roast around yours, head out en mass for a crisp winter’s walk or host a girls’ night in. Socialising is a perfect way to banish those blues and brighten your day.

Take a break

You know what they say: sometimes you need a holiday to get over a holiday. This couldn’t be more true after all those tiring Christmas and New Year celebrations. Even if it’s just a weekend away in the countryside, booking a break will give you something to work towards and look forward to. Just don’t forget to pack your woolly hat and gloves.

Spring clean

It might still be winter, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving your home a thorough spring clean! If most rooms in your house remain cluttered by the remnants of 2015, then it’s time to sort out and throw out. A de-cluttered home equals a de-cluttered mind and you’ll feel much better for it, trust us.

Learn something new

January is the ideal month to find yourself a brand new hobby, whether you choose to learn a new language, join your local gym or sports team, or take up a craft. Learning something new gives you something fun and exciting to focus on for the months ahead, and you’re bound to make some new friends in the process.

Ready, steady, cook!

If you’re looking for a rainy day activity, why not don your finest apron and cook up some tasty treats in the kitchen? Instead of opting for sugar-laden cakes and sweets, chose healthy meals that’ll make you feel good. How about a hearty casserole or a winter vegetable soup with home baked bread? Yum.

Embrace the outdoors!

Just because it’s chilly out there doesn’t mean that embracing the outdoors is a no-go! Besides, that’s what raincoats and umbrellas are there for! If you want to keep smiling through January it’s important that you get outdoors and enjoy as many sunshine hours as possible. Go on a morning run with a mate, take a stroll through your local park or better still, come monkey around in the trees with us at Go Ape!

What we’re wishing for this Christmas…

Alternative Christmas Gifts

The gifts that bring the biggest smiles to our faces are the ones that really mean something to us.

Reindeer MittensWe’re talking personalised, thoughtful and unique. Where to go for personalised, thoughtful and unique gift inspiration? Pinterest, of course! Whether you’re searching for an unusual present for that someone special, or you’re looking for things to subtly add to your wish list, we’ve scoured everyone’s favourite online pin board and have fallen head over heels with the following…

Knitted reindeer gloves

Is your gran an avid knitter? If she’s always on the hunt for a new pattern, see if she’s willing to try her hand (gettit?!) at knitting these fab reindeer mittens!

Homemade cookies in a special ‘tin’

We love a good homemade cookie – all gooey and decadent. But how about this recycling-friendly idea? Wrapped Pringle tubes in sparkly gift paper, full of homemade biccies? Something tells us that once we pop, we just won’t stop!

Transparent book weight

As you Clear Book Weightmay have guessed, we love being in the great outdoors! But sometimes, when we’re really into a good book, the flapping pages in the wind can be a tad frustrating. Enter: the see-through book weight! Why didn’t we think of this sooner?!

Personalised pebbles

How cute are these beautiful name stones? We’d love to receive these, but we’d also love to make them – choosing our favourite pebbles as we stroll along the beach would be the best bit!

Map art

We would love to receive this gift! Combining artwork for the walls with memories of countries we’ve visited on our travels… pure genius!

Homemade Twig HeartTwiggy heart

This is technically classed as a Christmas decoration, but we think it would hang proudly in our home all year round! Such a clever way of collecting and using twigs and branches (as you can imagine, we come across many of these here at Go Ape!).

Shark and mermaid blankets

Ok, these are probably designed with children in mind, but our inner kid is screaming out for these cool mermaid/shark blankets! We’d certainly be the envy of all our friends come camping season!

Silhouette pictures

These silhouette pictures are not as tricky to achieve as they look, and would make a classy and unique addition to any home (our home, hopefully!).

So, there you have it – a few special gifts we would love to receive. If you’re looking to buy that someone special in your life a prezzie to remember, then how about treating them to the gift of adventure with Go Ape gift vouchers? Allow them to release their inner Tarzan, while at the same time giving them memories that will last a lifetime! Head over to our gift experience vouchers page where you can quickly and easily purchase our gift vouchers, now with free delivery!

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How to survive the winter

Spring

You never hear the expression ‘how to overcome the summer sun’, do you? Funny that.

Yet, when it comes to the chillier months of the year, ‘winter blues’ syndrome is something that really does affect a lot of people – perhaps even you or your tribe?

For some, it can make them feel a tad fed up and housebound; for others it can be more serious – leading to feelings of irritability, lethargy and even depression – otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition that affects around two million people in the UK alone.

But even when winter is in full force, there are things you can do – some of which are scientifically-backed – that can improve your mood. Intrigued? Read on to find out ways of banishing those winter blues once and for all; who knows, it may well become a season you embrace rather than dread!

Get active

Getting active keeps you fit and healthy – that’s a given. But did you know it can also ease stress, big time? And we’re not just talking about during exercise – the effects last for hours after, giving you more energy throughout the day. Bring on those feel-good chemicals!

Embrace the outdoors

No, standing by a window looking outside doesn’t count! We mean actually get out there. Because it’s colder, lots of people spend more and more time indoors – but it’s this lack of sunlight that can cause feelings of depression, as exposure to the sun releases neurotransmitters to the brain that affect our mood. So wrap up warm and get outdoors!

Fill yourself with healthy grub

Summer is synonymous with salads. Think winter and you think of mince pies with clotted cream, cheeseboards and stodge. But it doesn’t have to be this way! You can still eat warming and nourishing meals, but be healthy at the same time. How about a lentil stew or roasting off some root vegetables to serve with some grilled fish? Everything in moderation, of course – and we are by no means telling you to banish the Quality Street over Christmas – but a healthy diet is sure to boost your energy and your mood.

Stay warm

According to the NHS website, being cold can make you feel even more depressed, and evidence also suggests that keeping warm can reduce the winter blues by half! But this doesn’t mean staying inside glued to the radiator for the next few months. Invest in the right thermal gear, padded coat, warm boots, insulated gloves and beany hat and hey presto! You’re toasty!

Once you’re wrapped up warm, you’re ready to tackle the treetops with your tribe here at Go Ape! If your mood is as dark and gloomy as it looks outdoors, fear not – a few hours monkeying around with us will get you out of that seasonal slump in no time!

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