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Plan winter activities

 

How to plan winter activities

 

From a skiing holiday to a Sunday afternoon stroll, there are lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors this winter. And with the weather being less than kind over the Christmas and New Year period, we can all keep our fingers crossed that January, February and early March will bring us plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery that winter brings.

 

 

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Planning ahead for whatever you’re getting up to will ensure that you can relax and have a really good time without worrying about kit, travel, accommodation or family and friends.

Travel – if you’re heading out of the UK, or you’re just planning to go to a different part of the country for a break, make your travel plans as soon as possible. Last minute arrangements can result in expensive flights, ferries or train fares, and although online deals look good, there may be hidden costs that bump up your expenditure. If in doubt, have a chat with a travel agent, who might be able to help. Then just keep an eye on the weather so that you are prepared for delays or cancellations.

Clothing – any outdoor activity in the winter requires the right clothing. Whether it’s robust, warm men’s trousers, high-performance women’s jackets, or just key layers such as Cotton Trader’s polo shirts, it pays to get your wardrobe sorted out. Winter weather can change rapidly, and anyone outdoors who is underprepared could suffer. The other clothing essentials are good quality walking boots or suitable footwear for your activity, and warm accessories like hats, scarves, gloves and thermal layers.

Alternatives – because the weather can be unpredictable, it’s always a good idea to have some alternative activity planned. It doesn’t have to be outdoors, but particularly if you’re meeting up with friends and family, an alternative plan allows you to still get together, but to be safe and warm at the same time. Make a plan in advance so that if you struggle to communicate on the day, you all know what the alternative is.

 

 

Above all, really enjoy the winter outdoors whenever you can. Even if you don’t like the cold, wrapping up well will help you to make the most of these shorter days - a nice ladies coat, such as a padded jacket worn with gloves and a scarf will go a long way, while the fresh air will help to give you a boost when you need it the most.

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