Planning for weather different than that you are used to is not always easy. With that being said, we’ve complied a list of the top 5 snow trip tips you will need in case you’re planning a trip to a snow mecca, like Greenland for example. This list is to make sure your next snow adventure is painless and fun.
Snow Trip Tip #1: Dress appropriately
We know we know…this one sounds like a no brainer but you’d be surprised. First, look up the weather forecast for where you will be staying then plan accordingly. Heading to the Arctic Circle is very different than planning a trip to Andorra. You’ll need to ask yourself questions like; what will the temperature be during the day? Night? Will there be a lot of wind? These are very important factors to take into account. If the weather will be in the teens (Fahrenheit) or below -10°C, you’ll need; an extra down jacket, warm mittens, neck protection or a neck gaiter, and heavy duty boots. Now, if your snow trip is filled with sun and temperatures between 35°F-45°F you won’t need as many layers. For this type of weather we recommend two layers of clothing along with a hat and gloves.
Please keep in mind that you will want to stay as dry as possible. In other words, no cotton or jeans! Be sure to use breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics as your first layer and moisture-repelling materials as your outer layer. If in doubt, pack an extra layer; it is always better to have enough clothing to keep you warm. Worst-case scenario you stash it in a backpack…oh, remember to bring one of those too!
Snow Trip Tip #2: Bring Sunscreen
This tip might seem out of place but hear us out. Unless you are traveling to the North Pole during late October to late January we strongly recommend the application of sunscreen. The Sun’s rays touch most places on Earth yet it is easy to overlook the dangers of UV exposure when planning a trip to a cold/snowy environment, National Geographic even wrote an article about it. It is a common misconception to believe that because the air feels cold exposure to the Sun will not be an issue. Another popular misconception is that only fairskinned people need to be concerned about overexposure to the sun. Darker skinned people are also susceptible to the harmful rays and we ask that everyone take equal precaution. We want everyone to have fun we just ask that you be safe in the process.
ps: lip balm comes in handy too!
Snow Trip Tip #3: Buy Online
Planning to ski, snowboard, or do any other activity that involves a lift and or tickets? Keep in mind that it is always a good idea to plan ahead. Check to see if the resort, park, or lodge you’re visiting has the options of purchasing tickets before hand. This way you will not have to spend time on line or make any last minute decisions that you might later regret.
Snow Trip Tip #4: Bring Heat
You might already know this but, hand warmers are a thing. We’ve all had the experience of wearing two layers of thick socks and still not being able to feel your toes, well that’s where the hand and toe warmers come into play. These lightweight life hacks are inexpensive and compact making them the perfect tool to bring with you on any or all snow adventures. If it’s a frigid day be sure to stuff one of these bad boys into your mittens and/or socks, especially if you are prone to having cold extremities.
Hand warmers can also be used to conserve the battery life of your electronics. Be sure to keep an extra warmer around your camera or phone to help it survive throughout the day, that way you wont have to carry any bulky back up chargers or battery packs. You can purchase hand and or toe warmers on amazon or at your local pharmacy.
Snow Trip Tip #5: Dry Out
Find a place where you can comfortably and safely drip your clothing out for the night. This might seem like a tedious and boring step but you’ll be thanking us come morning time when your socks and gloves are dry while your less experienced counterparts are walking around in soggy garments. Chances are a ski lodge or hotel will have a boot drier but. If that is not the case, we suggest you leave them near a warm heater or fireplace for at least 8 hours. Do the same with wet hats, gloves, and socks or throw them in a normal dryer if you have access to that. Remember to hang jackets, pants, and any outer layer clothing in a warm place so that they can air out and dry in time. Don’t be afraid to use a hair drier if you’re in a pinch.
We hope you enjoyed list and found it helpful. Let us know what tips you found most practical and if you have any tips of your own. Until next week!