When it comes to getting away, there are two types of people. First, there are those who want to relax on a beach somewhere, and then there are the people who want to get out and explore. If you are part of the latter group, then you may think that wintertime means that you have to settle for hotel rooms and cabins. However, if you have some ingenuity and planning (not to mention hourly weather forecasts), then you can continue your wanderlust even during the coldest months.
Here are three tips to help you succeed:
- Plan Ahead: There is something about taking off on a journey without any plan or itinerary. It can be far more adventurous and exciting, but that also means that you might get lost or stuck somewhere. During the winter, this can be deadly, so be sure to plan your route to make sure that you stay safe. Download a local weather app so you can keep an eye on approaching storms and have a backup plan in case the worst happens. If you do get stuck somewhere, be sure that other people know where you are.
- Travel Light: When heading into the great outdoors, you want to be prepared for any eventuality. However, that doesn’t mean that you should carry fifty pounds of gear on your back. If you want to maximize your exploration potential, then make sure that you are only carrying the essentials. Part of that should be a first aid kit, a knife, a fire starter, and something warm to sleep in.
- Dress Accordingly: Even if you are used to cold weather, that doesn’t mean you can make it with a light jacket and some long johns. Freezing temperatures will sap your warmth faster than you can replace it, meaning that after an hour or so, you will start to go numb. Don’t risk frostbite or hypothermia by acting tough. Again, check your hourly weather forecast so you can dress for success.
Overall, the best thing you can do when traveling outside this winter is to be prepared. The more time you spend planning, the better off you will be in the end.