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Top 5 Tips for Winter Travel in the USA with the Family

The winter can be a great time to take a holiday, and regardless of whether you’re heading south for some sun or want to indulge in a little snow, the USA has a huge variety of destinations with something to offer. If you’re travelling with the family, there are a few important things to consider. Cold, snowy and wet weather can cause delays, dangerous roads and risks to your safety, so it’s essential you plan your trip and put safeguards in place. 

Check travel conditions

Firstly, regardless of whether you’re using your own vehicle or are opting for car hire when travelling in America; travel conditions during the winter months can be extremely changeable. Therefore, it’s vital that before you even leave your driveway, you check road conditions and make sure there are no alerts. A large number of transportation departments keep up-to-the-minute information about the state of highways which can be accessed via their websites. You should also take a moment to check the weather conditions along your entire route. The last thing you want is for the whole family to be stuck in dangerous driving conditions.

Pack responsibly

Whenever you go away, it’s important to pack responsibly and ensure you have all the essentials. This is especially true if you’re travelling with family during the winter. It’s not enough just to ensure the kids have plenty of entertainment and that there are a few sandwiches going spare. Plan for the worst, and hope for the best. No matter where you’re going or how long the journey is, take extra water, food, clothing, blankets and emergency supplies, including a first-aid kit. It’s also a good idea to take a snow shovel, flashlights and jumper cables. A small bag of grit or kitty litter is also a good idea if you’re driving in icy and snowy conditions.

Plan your travel route

Planning your travel route can be especially important in the winter, when road conditions might become so bad that you have to stop. Regardless of your journey length, it’s a good idea to pinpoint key locations along the route, such as motels you could stay at overnight if conditions became so bad, you couldn’t continue your journey. This is especially important when travelling with kids who might become tired, stressed or even frightened on long journeys through bad weather. Knowing where rest stops and restaurants are can be vital if you need to make a last-minute change of plans.

Embrace flexibility

Being flexible as to when you take a holiday isn’t always easy, especially if you’re travelling with kids and are restricted by school terms. However, if at all possible, take a flexible approach to your travel and try to avoid extremely busy periods. During the winter, it only takes a short spell of bad weather to clog up the roads, resulting in large traffic jams and an increased safety risk for travellers. If you can travel outside of busy periods, such as overnight, your journey may be safer and faster.

Consider alternate travel

Jumping into the car and heading out onto the roads often seems like the only option, but sometimes, considering alternatives can be a good idea. If you have a long journey ahead of you, you could consider flying and renting a vehicle at your destination. In some cases, this option might even be as affordable as driving the entire way. Flying can make it easier for the all the family to arrive at the holiday destination relaxed and refreshed, and could be safer than journeying through dangerous weather conditions on the road.

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