8 Tips for Winter Travel

8 Tips for Winter Travel

Whether you love winter sports or are just looking for offseason deals, winter is a great time of year to travel.  But unpredictable weather, luggage constraints and poor driving conditions can make winter travel a challenge for even the most seasoned veterans.  Take the stress out of your vacation with these simple tips to ensure you are prepared before you leave.

1. Maximize your clothing.  Heavy coats, snow pants and other bulky items present a real challenge when you’re packing for a winter trip.  Make the most of what you bring by dressing in layers and mixing and matching clothes you can wear more than once.

2. Pack extra plastic bags. This simple, inexpensive item can be a lifesaver when you need to put wet clothing back into your luggage. Resealable bags are also great for packing toiletries, food and other spillables.

3. Carry moisturizing products with you.  Warm, dry air from indoor heating can wreak havoc on your skin and leave you feeling uncomfortable.  Pack lotion, lip balm and saline drops in your carry-on and keep these items at hand while you’re traveling.

4. Bring a great pair of boots.  You may be tempted to pack multiple pairs of shoes for different occasions but when your luggage space is limited, this may not be an option.  A dressy pair of boots are a versatile choice you can wear from outdoor activities to a casual evening out.

5. Look for rental options. Many hotels, resorts and local shops offer winter gear rentals.  Consider using these for skis, boots and even clothing to save room in your luggage.

6. Choose your flights wisely.  Unfortunately, weather conditions that cause delays and cancellations are out of your control.  Minimize these risks by flying in the morning (in case you are rescheduled) and opting for nonstop flights when possible. 

7. Check your tires.  If you’ll be driving to your destination, be sure to have your car checked out before you leave.  It’s especially important to ensure your tires are in good condition in case you encounter adverse driving conditions.

8. Plan for emergencies.  Whether you’ll be driving or flying, you’ll want to be prepared for bad weather, delays and other problems.  Have an emergency kit with you that includes necessary safety items, snacks and even some entertainment to keep everyone occupied.

Kevin Arnold

Kevin Arnold writes about health, wellness and travel.  For more tips and information, check out all of his posts at www.pureroom.com/blog.