Buy These 14 Products For Successful Nor'easter Hibernation

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Snow days are for one thing and one thing only: hibernation. And we actually are alluding to what bears and other wild creatures do: As Merriam-Webster says, "to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state" or "to be or become inactive or dormant." Both definitions strike a distinctly deep cord within our currently frozen over hearts. So if you decided against venturing out into 2018's spring nor'easter today, then join us in assuming the hibernate-position — horizontally parked on a couch under two blankets, three layers of shirts and sweaters, and one pair of overtly fuzzy socks. And what's the final key to this successful hibernation equation? Snow day sustenance.
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Maybe in warmer weather, fresh food is our friend — but in the cold, it's all about pantry staples. We're talking prepackaged, frozen, cured, and canned. And before you turn up your nose to these shelf-stable "snacks", consider this: the following essentials are affordable, easy, nearly imperishable, AND comforting AF. So when the snow piles high outside and all you want to do is curl up and Netflix, we've got your game plan covered. Scroll on for our sharpened a shopping list of 14 must-haves that will keep you fueled, happy, and, most importantly, indoors.
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Boxed Baking Mix
Whether it's brownie, cupcake, or a standard cake, keep some type of baking mix in your pantry for an easy and "homemade" afternoon snow treat. (*Bonus points for thinking outside the box and whipping up brownie cupcakes or birthday cake brownies.)
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Pre-Made Pastry Dough
A roll of pre-made pastry dough can be baked anytime per package instructions — or made into a festive snow day dessert creation. We're thinking a cinnamon roll meets french toast casserole will do trick.
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Hot Chocolate Mix
Is a snow day really a snow day if a cup of hot cocoa hasn't been brewed?
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Popcorn-Making Essentials
Pros can make theirs from scratch on a stove and beginners can buy the microwave variety. Regardless of your skill or preference, popcorn is a never stale couch-consuming necessity.

(*Tip: Experiment with your spice rack for funky seasoning combos.)
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Ice Cream
Snag a tub of your favorite brand and flavor — just be sure the size will last you through the weekend (1qt. of TJ's Cookie Butter will certainly do the trick).
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Frozen Pizza
Any kind will do...Throw in a bottle of wine, a lit candle, for some fine TV dining.
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An Already Aged Cheese
An aged cheese, like Parm, will do wonders for your staycation — it lasts, basically, forever and can be added to any bland dish for an instant flavor boost.

(*Tip: Sprinkle it on your popcorn.)
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Anything Chocolate
Seriously, anything.
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"Add Water" Breakfast Mix
When you can whip up a batch of buttermilk pancakes with just water in your sweats (or your birthday suit), who needs brunch with friends?
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Boxed Mac & Cheese
An absolute must for a savory bowl and spoon lunch (or dinner).
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Condiment Of Choice
We all have one. Make sure yours is well stocked for seasoning your isolated weekend indoors.

(*Tip: Heat up your boxed mac & cheese.)
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Cookie Dough
When the mood strikes you (it will), bake a batch of homemade cookies not from scratch.

(*Tip: Use your ice cream to craft ice cream sandies.)
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Cured Meat
Could be jerky, could be salami — whatever your choice, protein is a key addition to your hibernation arsenal.
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Alcohol
Last but never least, you're going to want to pick your poison — be it a bottle of red vino, some beer, or a handle of bourbon.

(*Tip: Go for a lighter bodied red, like this lacrima, to compliment any of your chosen snack feasts.)
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