Winter travel brings new obstacles and adventures that other seasons do not have. Cold weather can be fun but also dangerous if one is not prepared. Here are some travel tips to make winter travel safer and possibly more enjoyable for you and your preschooler.
It is important to have appropriate gear. Be sure to have gear that is not only suitable for the area you are in but also the area you are headed to and any area in between. By expecting the unexpected, you can help prevent some situations that will quickly sour a trip. Correct gear could include boots, snow pants, mittens, scarves, and hats, plus sunscreen and chapstick to protect faces and lips.
Layers are important for winter travel. Select clothing that can be layered. Layer your preschooler in one more layer than you would comfortably wear. The base layer needs to be a moisture wicking layer. Avoid cotton because cotton will keep your preschooler wet. The middle layer’s job is to retain heat and warmth. The final layer is ideally waterproof and needs to protect against the wind and snow. Though layers are important to have, do not dress your preschooler in layers for travel in your car. He could easily become too hot. Dress him in comfortable clothing for the ride to your destination.
Backups and Spares
No one enjoys being cold and wet. In order to help prevent your preschooler from that discomfort, be sure to pack extra socks, mittens, and hats. That will allow you to make frequent changes as needed. It will also protect her hands and feet from potential frostbite.
Preschoolers also enjoy snacks and toys. Bring snacks that will be easy to clean up if spilled in your vehicle such as graham crackers, rice cakes, string cheese, sliced fruit, or popcorn and avoid snacks like yogurt, applesauce, gummy fruit snacks, milkshakes, and chocolate. Also grab some new and old toys for entertainment.
The keys to winter travel with a preschooler are planning for the worst but hoping for the best, and taking frequent breaks. Also be sure to have a backup plan in case things hinder the original plan. With a little extra planning and preparation, traveling in cold weather can still be a fun experience for the whole family.
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