Winter Checklist for Travelers

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The winter is a time of good cheer and bad weather. Whether you’re at home or on the road, prepare yourself for cold and wet conditions. Here are a few things you’ll need to know for your winter travels.

Clothes

There’s no such thing as bad weather when you have the right clothes. If you visit an area that expects snow, a long down jacket is what you need. If you expect rain, however, down is the last thing you want since once it’s wet it retains no heat at all. For rainy climates, layers are best. Wool, in particular, keeps you warm even when it’s wet. A breathable, waterproof shell is also essential. If you go all out, Gore-Tex pants keep you dry, but let body moisture out through patented technology.

Road Safety

If your have plans for a road trip this winter make sure your car is up to snuff. The TireBuyer infographic as a plethora of helpful information concerning road safety. Did you know 7.9 million motorists are rescued by AAA each year? Don’t become part of this statistic. Get a tune up, check your antifreeze, and make sure your windshield and back wiper work smoothly. If your alignment is off, your tires may need to be balanced and rotated. Cover you bases because little things can become big problems when you’re out on the open road.

First Aid Kit

Wherever you go, whether by road, train, boat or plane, take a basic first aid kit. On an airplane, some items such as scissors, needles and other sharp objects should be left out, as they are prohibited on planes. However, all first aid kits should include bandages, sterile gauze, medical tape and antibacterial ointment. Other items, like gloves, triangular bandages for wrapping wounds or making a sling in case of a broken arm can also be used for various injuries.

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