Just this week, the winds picked up, temperatures dropped and snowflakes descended upon us covering the green earth with a sparkling blanket of white. Some dread this time of year and begin their hibernation, while others are elated at the thought of snow filled fun. Crisp days exploring the wonders of winter isn’t for everyone, we get that, just don’t let winter’s chills keep you from enjoying winter’s thrills. With the right mindset and a little preparation, wandering in winter can be rich with excitement and surprisingly comfortable.
Here are The Wanderer’s Top 5 Tips and Tricks to not only survive winter travel, but thrive in it.
- Stock up on the essentials. As mentioned, preparation is key to enjoying the great white winter. When picking out gloves, toques, scarves, outerwear, etc., keep the words waterproof, breathable and quick drying in mind. After a completely ill prepared trip to the Haliburton Highlands last year, I felt cold and defeated, until I headed to Algonquin Outfitters and completely decked myself out in a head to toe new winter ready outfit. They have everything you need and expertise to boot. I have yet to complain about the cold again!
- Don’t miss an Insta-worthy photo opp. This is a two part tip. First off, invest in a pair of gloves with the latest ‘touch-nology’ fingertips. These allow you to navigate your touch screen phone without having to expose your hands to the cold. Secondly, batteries and the cold do not get along. Keep your phone or camera close to your body to keep it warm. It never hurts to bring extra batteries for your camera too; just in case.
- Layers on layers on layers. The cold can creep in on you, so having layers under your coat keeps you toasty warm. It’s easy to take a layer off if necessary, but impossible to add one on while out in the middle of a frozen lake or at the top of the ski hill. Tip: Leave the cotton for fireside cuddles. Cotton absorbs moisture and clings to your body, robbing you of precious heat.
- Always pack extra socks. There is nothing worse than getting back from an adventure and not having a fresh pair of warm woolies to pull on. Keeping your feet dry is key! My dad always told me growing up, if your feet are cold, your whole body is cold. Let’s be honest, no one wants that.
- Bring along a good book. Despite the weatherman’s best efforts, we really cannot predict what the winter winds will bring. There might be a moment when you decide hunkering down beside the fireplace in your cabin outweighs the blustery alternative. And when that moment arrives, a mug of hot cocoa and a good book is absolute perfection.
p.s. Don’t forget to take your Vitamin C!