Winter road trips can be quite the magical experience. One of my favorite times to travel is the day after a heavy snowfall. The trees look like they are covered in sweet sugar, and that always puts a smile on my face. I also love spotting frozen waterfalls and animal tracks through my foggy SUV windows with my toddler. Those are the moments I live for on winter road trips. Unfortunately, winter road trips can also be stressful, difficult, and sometimes even dangerous. Here is what you need to know about winter travel to ensure a magical, memory-making trip!
Always Track The Local Weather & Road Conditions
With modern technology, tracking local weather and road conditions is a breeze! Most states have smart phone apps you can download to stay up to date on every interstate you plan to travel on. These apps are wonderful to have because accidents happen all the time during winter travel, and it's important to be aware of what kind of traffic it will cause, so you can plan accordingly. Sometimes, you may be stuck in traffic in a remote location with no option to turn around or exit off the freeway. These apps are usually updated every half-hour or sooner, and can give you an accurate idea of what to expect. As for the weather, nowadays, there are plenty of weather apps that give you a good idea of what kind of weather you will be experiencing. Always check your interstate and weather conditions prior to leaving for your trip, and as often as you can during your trip. Weather and interstate conditions can change suddenly, and it's always good to be prepared!
Stock The Car With Essentials
While you're stacking suitcases in your trunk, be sure to stock up on essentials just in case a worst-case scenario happens. Plenty of water, nutrient-rich snacks, a blanket, snow chains, and even an extra pair of gloves, a sweatshirt and boots would be fantastic to have in your trunk! I remember how useless my cute ballet flats were when my husband and I got stuck at the top of a mountain pass and needed to put chains on the car. I was really wishing I had a functional pair of shoes that kept my feet warm and prevented me from slipping on the ice.
Winter travel may take more time (think hours, and maybe even an extra day). Take it slow and put your patience pants on, because the more you rush, the more likely you are to get in an accident. It's better to be late than to be injured in an accident!
Enjoy Your Time Together
Cramming into the car and having zero personal space for hours on end isn't always fun, but try to enjoy this time with your family. Remember that you won't get this time back, so try to stay positive
Winter road trips are amazing memory makers! So whether you're headed to the ski slopes or just off on some other winter wonderland adventure, soak up every minute together! Enjoy the unique beauty that winter brings and have a blast!
Written by Lindsay Helm