Fall has come and gone, and winter will be in full swing in no time. And while cozying up in front of a crackling fire may seem dreamy, parents know that staying inside all winter is a recipe for stir-craziness. If you’ve decided to set your sights beyond the walls of your home this winter, packing for the season is essential to keeping everyone happy on your travels.
Here’s what you can’t afford to leave out of that suitcase this season:
A versatile carrier: When you’re exploring a new city or town, it’s important to have an easy means of bringing your kiddo around with you—and lugging a stroller can be far from convenient, especially in snow and ice. The LILLÉBABY Elevate Carrier is the ideal way to keep your little one close and comfortable, thanks to its 6-in-1 functionality, allowing you to wear your child six different ways, and its sizable front pocket, which is ideal for stashing essentials like pacifiers or your phone.
Blankets: Even your car’s remote start mechanism may not be enough to get the heat to a comfortable level on a truly frosty day. Keep a few packable blankets on hand, and you’ll be able to keep everyone comfortable on the drive.
Jumper cables: Nobody wants to find their car’s battery dead when a trip is planned, but you can’t always predict what will happen in inclement weather. Having a set of jumper cables on hand can help you get charged up and on your way in no time.
Bottled water: Just because the weather is cold doesn’t mean you don’t need to stay hydrated. Keep a bottle of water (or a few) on hand to avoid making a last-minute pit stop when someone’s parched.
A first-aid kit: Sleet and snow can lead to unexpected injuries for you and your children, so it’s never a bad idea to have a first-aid kit on hand. A few alcohol wipes, a few bandages, and some antibiotic cream can tend to any scrapes or bumps that might otherwise derail your fun.
A cell phone charger: The only thing worse than being stuck in a snowstorm? Being stuck in one with a dead phone. Keep a juiced-up battery on hand, and you can let everyone know you’re okay (and call for help if need be).
Books for your little ones: Even if your children aren’t old enough to read to themselves, having a few books with you on a winter road trip is never a bad idea. Board books are the perfect way to provide some happy entertainment while the miles pass by.
A winter hat: While the notion that heat is lost through your head is an old wives tale, a warm winter hat can help you feel cozy on a chilly day. Keep a couple of extra beanies in your bag, and you’ll be ready to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store.
The perfect winter vacation isn’t a fantasy; with the right planning and accouterments, you can ensure your next trip with your children is full of memories you cherish for a lifetime.