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This time of year, a lot of families are dreaming of snow! Even a simple ski trip can change due to Mother Nature. You always want to be prepared. We have some winter tips to help you always be prepared during your winter vacation. Winter Travel Tips
Start with the Right Suitcase I normally pride myself in being an expert, minimalist luggage packer. However, winter trips I throw out the need to have minimal luggage and pull out the big suitcases. Just those ski pants alone can fill half the suitcase. With luggage, I love the IT luggage. These suitcases are super light. Even packed to the gills, this suitcase is still around 35 lbs. I never have to worry about not making the airline weight requirements with this luggage. This type suitcase is perfect for a winter vacation.
Check the Weather This probably seems like a no-brainer. However, I hear travelers all of the time arrive to a destination unprepared. They always end up buying shoes or a jacket or gloves. You are spending 10 times more buying these items at a destination vs bringing or even buying from home. One of my favorite apps is Weather Bug. I use it all of the time. It is a great way to track the weather in all of your travels (even before your trip).
Pack in Layers With winter travel, I pack in layers (just like you should dress). Be sure you have the long underwear. Then start adding outfits around that. With winter travel, I do not have an “outfit” each day. I mix and match sweaters with pants with jackets. You do not need to pack a new outfit each day. Just pack a few basics and layers.
Pack Ziploc Bags Just like going to a tropical destination, winter travel usually means a lot of wet or damp clothes, gloves, hats, and jackets. I like to pack a lot of ziploc bags. I can pack all of those wet things, so they do not get the other things in my luggage wet or stinky.
Emergency Kit You should always be prepared, especially during winter travel. If you are renting a car and driving to a winter destination, be sure you have an emergency kit. Just in case anything happens, you want to be prepared. What you pack in an emergency kit varies by how much driving you’ll be doing and your destination(s). Just a few suggested items include emergency space blankets for the whole family, a flashlight, a lighter, and first aid kit.
Don’t Forget Your Face & Nose When visiting winter destinations, you do not always think of your face and nose. However, winter destinations are very similar to tropical destinations. Be sure you have your sunblock, moisturizer, and chapstick. The sun reflects off the snow, so your chances of getting sunburn is even stronger than at the beach. Your lips also get super chapped due to the sun, cold weather, and wind. I also pack petroleum jelly and put a little bit insider our noses. This was a fun tip I got from the locals in Minnesota. It works great! It keeps your nose moist and prevents any cold weather nose bleeds. With winter travel, it is always about being over prepared. Think about your trip and possible scenarios. Then, plan your packing and traveling around all potential outcomes. Just a little pre-planning will help you have a wonderful visit with Frosty the Snowman.
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