For winter hikes or cold-weather activity in general, it’s important to stay warm and protected from the elements. With that said, you’ll also be pretty active and may want to be mobile, able to remove or add layers and adapt to your changing body temperature. Consider packing some gear to help you stay on top of it all.
For your jacket, consider something with dual zippers — one that slides up a neck-protection piece and the other to actually close and open the whole jacket. This can protect your neck from wind chill and icy weather, while giving you room to breathe for sunny, but brisk hikes. Another great option would be something light and mobile enough to move with you and be folded up neatly in a backpack, but also warm enough for winter weather — Patagonia, REI and North Face have a few to choose from.
Pack a backpack with hand warmers, water, light food, flashlight, extra socks and even gloves to prepare for the possibility of a wet, icy hike. Make sure your backpack is light, but durable. You’ll need room to keep some extra supplies, but not a lot of extra fabric weighing you down.
While hiking boots with sturdy laces and great traction are always a must, you may need to add on in the winter months — due to possible ice or rising water. Grab a pair of Yaktrax, or similar, to add to your backpack and toss on the soles of your shoes when needed. There’s a variety of sizes and options, but as long as the spikes fit, your trek over icy-trails will be that much easier.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
North America offers many scenic and historic train rides. These train rides delight and inspire travelers because it gives them a new way to experience the world. Thousands of people take these trains every year and this type of travel is only gaining more followers. The North American train system is still years behind European and Asian countries, but they get the job done. Taking a train is also a great way to add an extra adventure to a trip or destination. It’s not just going from one place to another but getting to view everything in between as well.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Planning a road trip often involves time dedicated to researching routes, planning stops and figuring out how to pass the time for endless hours on the highway. Thankfully, technology comes to the rescue with a handful of mobile apps that can help in the road trip planning process.