The Road to Winter Driving Is Paved with Good Inventions

Many a driver has suffered a flat tire caused by a deep pothole. If you find yourself with such a roadside emergency—and perhaps an under-inflated spare to boot—help is available from The Only Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator. This is the only cordless tire inflator that automatically shuts off when it reaches the desired tire pressure. With its Cordless Tire Inflatorintegrated LED that illuminates tire valves, it’s ideal for perfect tire inflation day or night. And keeping tire pressure at the manufacturer’s recommendation ensures optimal contact between your tires and the road, improving traction.

Winter road trips of any distance call for readiness for the unexpected. The emergency preparedness kit keeps 69 essentials including sustenance, first-aid items, and tools organized and readily accessible. About the size of a toiletry case, the kit stores unobtrusively in a car or closet.

Speaking from experience, it seems a cell phone’s battery runs out of juice precisely when it’s needed most. The Hand Crank Emergency Cell Phone Charger converts one minute of hand cranking into four minutes of emergency power for a connected cell phone. It’s ideal for placing an essential call or sending a text when power is not available.

For a car that’s winter-road worthy, make sure your auto has enough anti-freeze. Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent condensation and frozen gas lines. Make sure your brakes are in good working order. Keep the windshield wiper fluid reservoir full and carry a spare bottle of fluid in your trunk. Finally, maintain a good interval from the car in front of you and remember that even four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles don’t stop any better or faster on ice. In fact, these heavier vehicles can lose traction more easily in icy conditions.

Dressing for Success in Jammuary

Mens Flannel PajamasThis time of year, many find themselves fighting a bit of post-holiday letdown. And while the winter solstice has passed, sunrise is still much too late to inspire ambitions of a productive day. Trading your flannel pajamas for street clothes can be a chore in itself.

To that end, we declare this month Jammuary. Through 1/31, we all have guiltless freedom to stay in our jammies all day long. In true Hugh Hefner style, Jammuary is best celebrated in the luxurious warmth of wear such as these wonderful men’s flannel pajamas. These pajamas are made in County Donegal, Ireland, from the softest flannel available in the world. For unsurpassed comfort, complement your PJs with a flannel robe and sheepskin slippers.

There’s just something satisfying, indulgent and even restorative about a lazy day of peaceful relaxation in your most comfortable items of clothing.

Nothing’s better than watching the NFL championship round in flannel pajamas or a flannel robe. You may even want to consider throwing a jammie party or family sleepover, complete with cozy man-cave sports entertainment, games for the kids, fine wine or cocktails for the adults, with other snacks and a chocolate fondue for dessert. Start the next morning with skiing or skating and laugh in the face of the polar vortex!

Add Warmth to Your Home During Winter’s Bitter Bite

Heated Mattress PadDangerously cold wind chills…whiteout conditions…canceled flights…sky-high heating bills. For much of the nation, 2014 has opened with wintry weather like we haven’t seen in decades.

In our last article, we told you about some products to keep yourself warm. Now we’d like to tell you about some of the best items that make the surroundings of your home warmer, while allowing you to dial down the thermostat.

This heated mattress pad earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it generated the most consistent warmth and was the most comfortable. Panelists who slept on this mattress pad lauded its soft cushioning and virtually undetectable heating elements. Perhaps our favorite feature, the king and queen sizes allow two sleepers to set their own temperature preferences.

Sooner or later, however, you’ll have to leave that warm bed to get in the shower. Imagine stepping out of your shower to a fluffy, warm towel or toasty heated robe. The Best Heated Towel Warmer earned its rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it left towels the warmest and produced the most consistent heat from the outer to the inner edges of two rolled towels, effectively heating the entire towel surface. The Heated Cotton Robe has rechargeable heating elements strategically placed in the front and back to deliver full-body warmth.

One of the best ways to get warm is to cozy up on the couch with someone special. And your couch becomes extra-cozy with The Heated Furniture Cover. Made from soft microsuede, this quilted cover drapes over the back, seat and arms of furniture and has a textured backing to secure it in place. It adjusts to four temperature settings and is available sized for chairs, love seats and sofas.

And don’t forget to throw another log on the fire. The Foldaway Firewood Rack holds up to a quarter cord of wood in season and folds to merely 6-1/2″ wide for convenient storage in warmer months. A waterproof 600-denier reinforced nylon cover protects the wood from rain and snow.

Finally, how about a reclining chair that will warm you, massage you, and rejuvenate you, even on the most brutally cold days? The Heated Full Body Massage Chair combines the invigorating touch of a massage therapist’s hands with the restorative sensation of hot stone therapy. When not in use as a massager, this chair converts easily into an elegant recliner with leather-like upholstery that conceals its massage functions.

No Matter How You Define It, Winter is Time to Seek Warmth

Heated JacketWhether you define winter weather from an astronomical point of view, which says it began December 21, or from its meteorological designation—starting December 1—bottom line: winter’s here and we must keep warm! At Hammacher Schlemmer, we help provide solutions that let you cozy up, hibernate, or get out and about in warmth and style.

Imagine jumping out of bed in the morning to The Heated Cotton Robe. This is the cotton bathrobe with heating elements strategically placed in the front and back to deliver full-body warmth. And for your feet, we suggest The Genuine Australian Sheepskin Scuffs, derived from the fleece of Merino sheep and renowned for providing toasty warmth and unrivaled comfort.

When it’s time to leave the house, you’ll never suffer the cold with The Three Zone Heated Jacket. Heating elements are strategically placed in the chest and back to protect against the worst winter chills without the bulk of a heavy coat.

On the road or close to home, ladies will appreciate The Traveler’s Hands Free Wrap. This is the cozy wrap that has concealed pockets for hands-free and secure storage of valuables while traveling. The versatile wrap can be draped over the shoulders or torso or looped around the neck like a scarf, with a drawstring to provide a snug fit and seal out drafts on chilly flights or boat rides.

We have some unique items to guard against a frosty day as well. The Bearded Beanie is a knit cap with a foldaway detachable beard that evokes the hirsute virility of mountain men while engaging in winter tasks. Ideal for chopping wood, building a cabin, or shoveling snow, it is made from soft 100% acrylic yarn.

The Wireless Headphone Ear Warmers contain integrated speakers that connect via Bluetooth to any iPhone, Android or Windows smartphone, allowing you to listen to music or answer calls without exposing ears to the cold. The ear warmers have a thermal fleece shell, soft polyester lining and insulation to shield against cold winds.

Finally, don’t forget about man’s best friend. The Heated Dog Sofa allows pets to rest in warm, luxurious comfort. It provides radiant warmth to help pets relax and can help soothe sore joints in older, arthritic canines.

In a future article, we’ll tell you about some interesting products that help bring warmth to you home.