Winters can be a tricky time to travel with insane fares and snarling traffics.
If that's not trouble enough, there is the inherent problem of over-packing and dragging unwanted weight through airports. In worst case scenarios, under-packing too, only to find yourself on a wild goose chase, scouring shops in a new city.
We bring you 7 easy steps to skate through winter travel!
1) Hone your airfare searches
You are essentially at the mercy of airlines during winters. It can be tough to verify which days have the lowest fares during the seasonal peak time, so a one-way search rather than a round-trip search is advisable. Also, with the winter fog/snow playing havoc with your schedule, make sure you opt for a non-stop flight while booking your tickets. Just in case you don't manage to get one, watch your layover time carefully.
2) Leave an hour earlier and carry a book/movie
It's nothing unusual we are asking of you. Winters are usually slow when it comes to traffic. And if it's snowing in your city, airline arrival delays can exceed up to two to three hours. Remember to carry a book/ movie with you; it might just be your saviour.
3) Pack as light as possible
These days, airlines are strict on weight/baggage limits. If you don't want to churn out money, packing light could save you the entire hassle. Carry or wear your coat, scarf and gloves, to free up more space in your suitcase. Same goes for those winter boots- wear them on the plane and travel light!
4) Get your gifts shipped
If you are planning a holiday during the festive time to be with your family and friends and want to gift them something nice, shop online and have your gifts shipped to your destination on the same day you are scheduled for arrival.
5) Reuse and recycle
In cold weather, you can wear your clothes more times than once. Just make sure that your clothes are either in the same color palette or in contrast so that you can mix and match a few items. Avoid carrying too many overcoats/jackets as it will only take up space in your luggage.
6) Stay energised and hydrated
Studies show that even a 2% loss of body weight can lead to fatigue and decreased attentiveness while travelling. We suggest you down that bottle of water quite often. Also, munch on high-energy food like almonds and walnuts.
7) Don't forget your sunscreen and shades
Sunburn during winters is stronger and more painful than a sunburn in summers. You will be happy you brought those suntans and glasses. Remember to carry a good pair of polarised sunglasses; and make sure you apply sunscreen every time you step out in the sun.