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With the first long weekend of 2017 around the corner, my kids, husband and I are all looking forward to a day off from work and school.
We don’t have solid plans for Family Day weekend yet because we’ve been cooped up at home passing the cold to one another since Christmas! But the kids have requested that should we all be 100% by that weekend, they’d like to spend as much time outdoors as possible. I’m crossing my fingers it will be somewhat warm – I’m not a fan of below freezing temperatures.
Travelling with kids during the winter can be challenging for parents. Boots, scarves, hats, snow pants, winter jackets, gloves and mitts – they’re bulky but they’re necessary if you want to stay warm. You have to find space for all of those things on top of your family’s travel essentials.
After several winter weekend getaways with kids under our belt, my husband and I have figured out how to pack light and still be prepared for cold weather.
Here’s what we’ve learned about packing for weekend trips during the winter months:
1. Limit yourself to one bag per person
It’s only 72 hours. One piece of checked luggage (or one carry-on) per person is all you’ll need for a weekend away.
2. Think about layers
Planning outfits with multiple layers allows you to be prepared for any type of weather. Thermal underwear, leggings, wool socks, t-shirts and zip up hoodies are great for keeping extra warm when spending the day outdoors. Colour coordinating your layers means you end up packing less as you can wear items multiple ways and times throughout the weekend.
3. Use orthotics in your shoes
Choose a pair of shoes that are both waterproof and warm for the entire weekend. Again, you’re only gone for 3 days max so you probably don’t need multiple pairs of shoes. Winter footwear doesn’t have a reputation for being comfortable so consider using orthotics like Dr. Scholls® Back Pain Relief Orthotics or Dr. Scholls® Heel Pain Relief Orthotics to ensure your weekend doesn’t get cut short by back or heel pain.
4. Don’t forget about sun protection
Sun reflecting off snow can be harsh so remember to pack sunscreen and sunglasses for everyone if your winter weekend getaway includes time outdoors.
5. Pack pain relievers
If your long weekend includes winter sports like skating, skiing, snowboarding, hockey or even a snowball fight, remember to include over-the-counter pain relievers like ALEVE® Back and Body in your travel medicine kit. ALEVE® Back and Body offers quick relief for muscle pain, backache and body pain and is clinically proven to last up to 12 hours. I don’t skate often but when I do, after 10 minutes on the ice my back starts hurting. Maybe it’s my skates, maybe it’s old age. HA!
6. Wear your bulkiest clothing onto the plane
If travelling by plane, save space (and weight) in your suitcase by wearing your heavy, bulky winter gear to the airport. You’re travelling to a cold destination so you’ll need those extra layers anyways.
7. Bring an extra set of hand warmers
Hand warmers can be used in your mitts, boots and even to keep your phone and backup batteries warm. Cold weather causes batteries to discharge faster – our phones tend to power off as soon as the temperatures drop to 0C! Putting your phone or backup batteries in an inside pocket, close to your body or near a hand warmer will prevent it from losing its charge.
If you’re in the Ottawa area for Family Day or any time this month, make sure you check out our Winterlude travel tips.
What are your Family Day weekend plans?
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