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It's a given that you need a good pair of winter boots, a nice jacket, and warm accessories in Minnesota. This is not one of those "thank you, mom" kind of lists. This is a list of things you may not think of but will make your winter a heck of a lot more enjoyable.

1. Emergency Road Kit (with a shovel) 

Minnesota's weather is unpredictable. Be prepared for the worst. An emergency roadside kit is a must.

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2. A Happy Light

If you're like me, when it's the dead of winter and your body is sincerely lacking in vitamin D, a little "sun" light is all you really need. These lights are a perfect addition to your work desk.

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3. A Strain Reducing Shovel

No need to have achy back all winter. This shovel is designed to help reduce the strain and back pain.

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4. Ice Melt (environmentally AND pet-friendly)

Speaking of back pain. Don't bring it on yourself by leaving the sidewalk icy. This ice melt will do the trick.

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5. Fleece-Lined Leggings

Nothing is better than feeling like your wearing warm pajamas in the dead of winter, am I right?

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6. Thermal Socks

Ain't nobody got time for cold feet!

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7. A Warm Cardigan

This goes hand in hand with the fleece-lined leggings. Being cold is going to make you miserable. Nip that in the bud right away with an oversized, warm and fashionable cardigan.

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8. An Office Space Heater

I'm much more productive when I'm not complaining about the cold office. Warm your space with a small space heater.

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9. Slippers

My house is almost all hardwood = COLD floors. When your feet are warm, your heart is warm. Corny, but you know what I'm saying.

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10. Battery Powered Car Starter and Phone Charger

Near or far, when you're traveling Minnesota roads in the winter, it's never a bad idea to be overly prepared.

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