Getting away in the winter is a great way to give everyone a lift. When it is dull and grey, a change of scenery can make all the difference. But, going on a winter break does require a bit more planning than a beach holiday does. Here are the main things you need to consider before you depart.
Layering is the way to stay warm
When writing out your packing list be sure to include clothes that will keep everyone warm and dry. Wearing layers such as hoodies and sweatshirts is usually the best approach. It is likely to be very cold in the mornings, but warm up quite a bit by lunchtime. If you dress everyone in layers you can peel them off and stay comfortable.
Make sure everyone has a decent waterproof coat to wear. Before you travel, get everyone to put on their thickest jumper and try their coat on over the top. This is the best way to make sure it is still big enough. It is also worth packing a hat, gloves and a scarf for each person. It’s better to have more than too little clothing…
Try to choose footwear that has relatively thick soles. This is the best way to stop the cold from seeping into your feet. Make sure that the boots and shoes you pack are waterproof too. Plus thermal socks are also a great way to keep toes nice and toasty.
Book the right attractions
It is wise to plan to visit mainly indoor rather than outdoor attractions. When deciding where you will go check that you can get there using public transport. You do not want to have to hail a cab to get between destinations on really cold or wet days.
In some countries, museums and art galleries have shorter opening hours during the winter months. Bear this in mind and double check when they are open when planning your days.
If you plan to visit a popular attraction, consider pre-booking your ticket. That way there will be no disappointments. There is also the added advantage of not having to queue in the cold.
Something to do in the room
Occasionally, the weather can be so bad that you cannot leave your accommodation. It is best to be prepared for this eventuality. It makes sense to take some extra games with you and pre-load your phones and tablets with something to read and watch – stuff that will keep the kids occupied.
Be prepared for travel delays
Inclement weather can also have an impact on your journey. Be prepared to be stuck at the airport or in traffic. Make sure you have some basic toiletries a change of underwear and something to eat and drink in your hand luggage. It is also worth getting everyone a power pack and making sure that it is fully charged before you travel. Wearing a shawl under your coat gives you the option to roll it up and use it as a pillow.
Buy an appropriate travel insurance policy
When you book your holiday, be sure to buy the right type of travel insurance. The more comprehensive the cover is, the better it will be for you if things do not go as planned. If you are going skiing make sure that the policy offers an adequate level of cover. For example, if you think you might want to try tobogganing, you want to be sure that activity is included in your coverage.
More travel advice?
If you have kids and are looking for some extra travel advice, you can find some amazing travel hacks that I’ve compiled. I have pulled together a set of tips and tricks that other parent travellers have shared with me, over the years and you don’t want to leave the country with them!
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