10/10/2014 02:49 EDT | Updated 10/10/2014 02:59 EDT

Preparing For Winter: 16 Ways To Get Ready For Hibernation

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We hate to break it to you, but winter is on its way. We know it doesn’t technically start until late December, but come on, we’re Canadian. Most of this country has to be mentally prepared for snow as soon as we head into fall months.

While the first snowfall is always a bummer, you can at least get ahead of your winter prep before we enter a full blown blizzard season. There are things you can do in your home and car to make sure the season is not just more pleasant, but safer as well. And a few organizational moves will also make that first snow-white morning a bit less of a scramble.

At the same time, we also think sprinkling in a few cold-weather treats can make the transition to the darker part of the year a bit easier to handle. Winter can go from chilly to charming if you’re stocked with comfy gear and warm beverages. We haven’t neglected the little things in our focus on practical seasonal prep.

Start implementing these 16 tips now and you’ll be ready for winter when it hits — hopefully a bit later rather than sooner. Have any checklist must-haves? Let us know in the comments below:

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