There’s a trick to keeping your cell phone and laptop alive and well in subzero temperatures. A few tricks, actually.
Your stuff is probably fine with the normal intermittant warming that happens in your van when you drive around a couple times a day down to about ten above. Around zero degrees, just an your of exposure will leave your cell phone foggy screened and render your laptop unusable. Don’t try it, either, it could warp your hard drive – always make sure your laptop is warmed up (and don’t heat it quickly, that could damage it too) before you turn it on. Even though these things should happen at thirty degrees, I don’t really experience them until ten. This might be different in a place with higher humidity.
It is fine to use your laptop in cold temperatures as long is the laptop itself is warm when you start – it will keep itself warm. However, every few days your screen will get all foggy with frost. I assume that this frost is also happening inside the laptop, so I take it inside a nice dry coffeeshop to dry out right away.
If you are using a feather bed, it’s easy to shove your phone under the feathers by your chest and your laptop down by your feet where you won’t roll over on it. They’ll stay thawed and you’ll barely feel them. Even the princess couldn’t feel a pea through a feather bed. I am not a princess, and I assume you aren’t either, so you and I should be just fine with phones under our feather beds. If it helps you feel less silly, pretend that you are a van dwelling princess.