Winter Travel Tips for You and Your Family

No matter where you live, winter travel can be stressful. Something as simple as your daily commute to work can be made more difficult by snow and ice. Trying to get away from the cold can put you in the middle of congested roads with other travellers who have the same idea. 

While travelling in the winter, especially with kids, can be a bit overwhelming at times, it’s not something you have to avoid. With a little planning ahead and a few creative tips, you can actually turn your winter travel experience into something enjoyable, while ensuring your entire family stays safe along the way. 

Let’s look at a few of those tips so you can make the most of travelling with your family this season. 

Preparing and Packing Your Car

Whether you’re travelling across the neighbourhood or across the country, driving in the winter often comes with unique challenges. You might be faced with inclement weather or dangerous road conditions. 

Knowing how to drive in those conditions is half the battle. Going slow on icy roads, not tailgating behind other vehicles, and pulling over if visibility is low are just a few tips that can help to keep you safe if the weather turns. 

Additionally, it’s important to properly pack your car for emergencies. No one wants to think about getting stranded or stuck somewhere, especially with your family in the car. But, it does happen. Having the right supplies on hand can make it easier for everyone, and ensure you all stay safe. Some of the most crucial supplies you should have stored in your vehicle include: 

  • Flashlight
  • Extra blankets
  • Phone charger
  • Extra food and water
  • First aid kit
  • Snowbrush and ice scraper

It’s also a good idea to have a compact snow shovel, some rock salt, and a portable battery jump pack in your car. Those extra items can help you to get “unstuck” and on your way again, rather than having to wait for help. 

Staying Healthy While Away

Whether you’re travelling by car, plane, or caravan, getting to your destination is only part of the overall experience. When you’ve reached your destination, staying healthy and safe and having fun should remain at the top of your list. 

If your family loves being outdoors, consider a winter camping trip. While caravaning will keep everyone safe and warm, it’s still important to make sure everyone knows the proper safety rules, including staying together at all times. 

If you’re heading somewhere warm for a great winter getaway, keeping everyone healthy and occupied on long flights can make a big difference in your stress levels. When it comes to your well-being, make sure to keep your feet elevated whenever possible, and keep moving. Have adequate snacks on hand or ask for a few extra from your flight attendant to make sure your kids don’t “crash” or become cranky travellers.

Additionally, having a few games that are appropriate for the flight, or letting your kids watch a show or movie on a tablet can make everything much smoother. 

Most importantly, make sure you’re packing appropriately for your travel experience. Even if you’re going somewhere warm, you might have to go through a colder climate or two to get there. Pack layering items that are easy to add or remove as needed, and don’t be afraid to go “overboard” by throwing a few extra items in your suitcase. Winter weather can be unpredictable no matter where you go. When you’re travelling with family, it’s always better to be over-prepared. 

Whether you’re looking for fun in the snow or warm weather, travelling with your family this winter can be both safe and exciting with a little planning ahead. Keep these tips in mind to make your next winter trip as memorable as possible.

Indiana Lee

Indiana Lee lives in the Northwest and has a passion for the environment and wellness. She draws her inspiration from nature and makes sure to explore the outdoors on a regular basis. Indiana loves experiencing new things and sharing with others what she learns through her writing. You can chat with Indiana on twitter @IndianaLee3