How to survive rush hour in the winter

When it’s cold outside, the Tube can offer various challenges, but follow our top tips for a happy commute during rush hour.

Commuting in London is a reality for many and has its challenges at any time of the year. In winter, however, it can get even trickier. From dressing appropriately to unexpected delays, these are the everyday problems faced by those who take the Tube. Read on to find out how you can counter some of these issues and be prepared for every eventuality.

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Leave extra time

Give yourself a bit of extra time to get into the office during the winter, as there’s more potential for hold-ups. This could vary from overcrowded platforms meaning you can’t get on the first train, because more people are opting not to cycle or walk, through to delays caused by the weather. Factoring in some additional minutes will help reduce stress if any unforeseen circumstances arise.

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Dress in layers

Among the most annoying problems with commuting in the winter is knowing what to wear. It can be desperately cold outside, requiring warm clothes, and hot and sweaty on the Tube, especially if the train is packed with other passengers. This begs the question of what to wear. The answer is layers. Remove your hat and gloves on the platform and get ready to strip off your upmost layer once inside the train. Be proactive on this, as if you’ve already started to sweat, then you’ll feel the cold more when you step outside again.

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Carry a bottle of water

Dehydration isn’t a problem most people think about in winter, but there are a number of reasons why you should. Your thirst response is actually diminished in cold weather, so you might not realise that you need to top your fluids up until further down the line. Sweat evaporates more quickly in cool air, meaning you may be unaware of your fluid loss. Carry a bottle of water with you and take regular little sips. It will also be very useful if you get delayed.

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Check the service in advance

Find out how trains are running on your line and have an alternative route planned before you set off. This makes having to change your journey so much less stressful, as you’ve already worked out a contingency. Keep calm and use apps to suggest ways to get to your destination with little fuss.

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Stay near the office

If you don’t live in London permanently, then choose your accommodation carefully. Picking a serviced apartment that is a short walk from the office or where you are holding meetings will mean you don’t have to grapple with the Tube or other forms of public transport.

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