A dark cloud is coming to our shores folks, bringing with it days and nights of rain, frost and chilly winds. And though you may feel like going polar bear and hibernating for the winter, you can’t – you’re a travel agent.

And like any good travel agent, you’re a total pro, and you deal with the cold like you deal with any occupational annoyance (i.e., a tyre kicking inquiry, a price beater, a neg): by using your smarts and coming up with strategies to show old mate winter who’s the boss.

To help you get started with your own own techniques on dealing with the cold, we’ve come up with four ways you can stay warm and toasty this winter and give the next few months the middle finger.


1. Flee to bali or thailand or wherever’s warm


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Okay so this is a bit of a cop out, but dudes, if you can get your name on that famil or get some mean industry rates on a beach-front room in some warmer part of the world (think Bali, Fiji, Thailand) this coming winter, then for god’s sake: DO IT! Leaving the southern hemisphere isn’t exactly learning how to deal with the colder months, but as long as you’re warm, who cares!

Sell more product. Use that charm of use to schmooze yourself into the good-books of that rep that’s floating around some famils. Get your boss to authorise that leave. Basically just do whatever it takes to leave the winter behind – at least for a couple of weeks…


2. Up that intake of coffee (and rum)


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If it turns out you don’t have any more leave left for that famil/holiday, then there’s one thing you can do: hit the liquids. You’re first beverage of choice should be coffee. Society looks favourably upon this mighty brown brew in relatively large doses, so you’re not likely to provoke an intervention at the office once you’re on your 18th or 19th cup of the stuff. It’s obviously hot too, and just feels so good in your hands on a cold day.

If that doesn’t up your body temperature, you may want to take things to the next level and add a little rum to your flat white or latte. It’s okay, nobody will know…


3. Wear that snazzy woollen pullover work gave you


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Not going to mention any specific names here, but there’s at least a few brands out there that include woollen pullovers as part of their official uniform. They’re not exactly the most attractive things in your wardrobe and they’re certainly not going to win you any points with the fashionistas.

They’ll probably leave you with a mean rash that lasts for weeks too.

But guys, these pullovers are pretty damn effective in keeping the warmth in and the cold out during winter. So suck it up and wear the ugly things – they’ll keep you nice and toasty on those morning commutes to the office.


4. Invest in an ass warmer


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So technically these nifty devices are sold as “seat warmers,” but let’s just be straight up: they’re basically little electric blankets for your bum! The best thing is that they’re USB powered, totally discreet, and they actually work.

Suddenly, staying back in the office after you close doesn’t seem like such a bad idea anymore. Indeed, you’ll probably never want to leave your seat again!

So those are our ideas. What are some of yours for staying warm in winter? Let us know in the comments below!