5 Useful Tips For You Before You Start Your Journey

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March 19th, 2019   |   Updated on March 25th, 2019

Living in a warm place like California or Australia may push you visit colder regions to enjoy winter because it is fun. But beware extreme cold can be harmful for your body and vehicle, especially if you do it for the first time.

Check if your car is fully functional with winter or all seasons tires, keep blankets, extra clothes, read literature about hypothermia, frostbite, and first aid.

It would be wise to check before you leave for that fun journey so you could be better prepared and enjoy the weather.


Here Are Some Useful Tips For You Before You Start Your Journey:


1. Make Sure That You Are Aware Of The Weather Forecast

It is very important to check the weather forecast before embarking on that journey. Listen carefully if there is a wind chill warning in the area you are about to visit. If you are a first timer to visit a cold place it can get really hard to manage wind chills as real temperature feel gets doubled, so if the real temperature is -8 it may feel like -18.

If you are heading to Canada for example, visit official Weather and Meteorology website for a forecast or check the TV or radio broadcast for specific place you are about to visit. You will need different planning for each kind of forecast.

Also, ensure that you develop a safety plan to deal with extremely cold weather in advance as it may leave little room for disaster management at that exact point.

If you have to go outside of the house and there is a wind chill or black ice warning, let that pass or make sure that you are completely covered and wearing boots that will avoid slipping in ice, preparation will help you deal with the situation.


2. What Should Your Winter Suitcase Include?

We all know that winter wear takes a lot of space and gets hard to pack like a bulky jacket, woolen scarf, etc. But the most convenient part of winter clothing is that most of the time all anyone is going to notice is the outer layer of your clothes so you can keep limited inner layer wears.

Best is that you keep two layers of pants, 2-3 sweaters, 2-3 collar shirts (in case you go out someplace formal), 1-2 t-shirts and you are done. Just make sure that you have thermal inner wear as the extremely cold temperature would require you to wear multiple layers to stay warm.

Also keep warm gloves; it would be better if you take touch screen gloves so you will not have to remove your gloves every time you need to attend your phone, it is also a good idea to buy water resistant gloves yet very thin gloves that weigh much less and occupy only a few inches in your winter luggage.

Do not forget to keep warm woolen hats as they will cover your ears saving them from frostbites, best if they partly cover the back of your neck to save you from any cold wind hitting the back of your neck. Keep at least a few pairs of thinner socks that can still keep you warm. They will take up less space in your bag and dry faster.


3. How To Deal With Hypothermia?

Travelling to extreme cold places is tricky, and you need to know the basic first aid so that you can deal with the emergency on your own. Cold temperature can cause hypothermia if you get wet from rain, sweat, or soaked in cold water.

The mild symptoms may include feelings of confusion and cloud your judgment. Maybe that is why most people cannot realize that something is wrong until it is too late.

Early Symptoms May Include:

  • Shivering
  • Feeling tired
  • Feeling clumsy
  • Feeling confused

As you start losing heat you may stop shivering, but your body may turn slowly blue, eye pupils may expand, and your breathing and heart rate will get slow and eventually the person may pass out.

You should know the emergency number to call for medical help immediately; meantime you can move your friend/partner to a warmer place, remove wet clothes and try to warn the body parts like chest, head, and groin. If the patient is conscious, give him or her a warm drink that will help to restore some normal temperature, avoid giving alcohol.


4. How To Deal With Frostbite?

People get Frostbite when they do not take the necessary precaution. Taking care of yourself is very important before you step out in extreme cold. If you do not apply proper clothing, the body parts like nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes that are exposed to freezing temperatures actually freeze.

And as it happens, you may lose feeling and color in the affected area. Be very careful as frostbite cause permanent damage to the body part, and may in some severe cases lead to amputation. Poor planning can lead to chaos and chaos to accidents like frostbites even if you have enough winter clothing.


5. Keep Ample Accessories

Chap sticks and moisturizer may sound extra, but you will need them. The air is usually very dry in extreme cold, and chapped lips will make you feel thirsty, and drinking water will make you cold and go to the washroom, so keeping Chap Stick or moisturizer will save you from the vicious cycle.