Essential Items For An All-Weather Winter Holiday

8 May 2014

Winter can be a magical time, especially if you’re enjoying it in a place known for its beautiful snowy settings and adventurous seasonal activities. It’s difficult to describe to someone who has never been around snow, how quiet and peaceful it can be as it falls from the sky.

Stand in an open field or forest in the silent country side and you’ll notice a hush so deafening that you can almost here the snow hit the ground. Venture down a bustling city street during a beautiful snow fall and the setting can be like an intoxicating, magical movie scene as Christmas decorations add to the already festive mood.

Wherever you choose to spend your winter holiday, there are many exciting places to go and much to see and do. If you’re into winter sports, you can enjoy everything from skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, snowmobiling and ice skating. Certainly, there is no shortage of things to do on a winter holiday, including some relaxation time in front of a great big fireplace.

Here are some items you’ll want to take with you on your winter sojourn to get the most out of your holiday.

 Keep toasty and enjoy the winter wonderland

  Warm clothes – Winter is a beautiful time of year, as long as you stay warm! Depending on the activities that you plan on enjoying, winter basics include a warm coat, comfortable gloves, a hat or hood that covers your ears and rubber sole shoes for some slip resistance on wet, icy footpaths.

If you plan on doing some walking away from the city streets where there will surly be snow accumulation then you’ll want to consider a warm pair of snow boots. Even in just a few centimetres of snow it’s easy for your feet to get wet and cold when just wearing shoes.

If you plan on taking part in various outdoor winter sport activities the key is to dress warm and dress in layers with ample protection for your ears and hands and don’t forget a proper helmet when snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding.

  Winter driving items – Winter driving conditions can be hazardous, especially if you don’t have experience driving in snow and ice. If you will be renting a car, go for a model that has four wheel drive or at least all wheel drive capabilities. Items that you’ll want to be sure to have along on a winter’s drive are an ice scraper and a snow brush for the windows as well as jumper cables in case the car doesn’t want to start.

Tire chains are also recommended when driving in mountainous areas with steep inclines. Before setting out ensure the car’s washer fluid is topped up with an anti-freeze window washing mixture. Snow can quickly turn to a muddy and slushy mess and in those conditions it’s easy for the windscreen to become dirty to the point where visibility becomes completely hampered.

  A good pair of polarized sunglasses – Snow combined with bright sun can cause a harsh bright glare which becomes impossible to drive in unless you have sunglasses. Always keep a pair with you even if just walking as the bright glare can cause eye discomfort.

  Quality skin care products – The winter air is extremely drying for skin and moisturisers, lotions and lip balms go along way in preventing dry, flaky, cracked skin. In extreme cold temperatures it doesn’t take long for the effects of dry skin to set in. Carry a small tube of hand lotion with you as well as a natural lip balm and apply often.

  Entertainment – When the temperatures drop and the sun goes down there are just as many fun things to do inside. Take a deck of cards or a board game and enjoy an evening around the table with friends and family. Be sure to take your tablet or laptop if you think you may spend some time indoors and download your favourite books, music and movies. Then, just curl up in front of a roaring fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and relax with your evening’s entertainment.

Todd Sturm

I currently live in Brisbane, Australia. No matter where my travels take me, I enjoy experiencing each destination from the perspective of the locals. Some of my favourite attractions include historic sites, national parks and architectural landmarks.