Jetting away on a warm break is all well and good and we can understand why you'd want to surround yourself with the sun, beach and stress-free life that comes with a week (or so) of utter bliss.
However, we feel the need to vouch for cold holidays too, because they can be equally as incredible — but only if you prepare for them.
Today, we're going to run through a list of 10 things you need to have in your possession before heading off on your adventure to Narnia.
Missing one or two isn't a big deal, but you know, just try to avoid that.
10 Hat & Scarf
We’ve combined these two elements because let’s face it, they go together hand-in-hand and always have.
Some of the most vulnerable areas on your body during a holiday like this will be your chest, neck and ears. Ensuring that they are kept warm should be viewed as a massive priority in order to achieve maximum comfort — and to avoid getting frostbite.
A great bobble hat is the best way to go, but make sure you can get one that covers your ears.
On the scarf side of things, there are so many unique designs out there. Just make sure it isn’t too thin.
9 A Worthwhile Jacket
There’s a very good chance this will be a significant expenditure in comparison to some of the other items on this list, but it’s going to be more than worth it.
High-quality winter jackets can often be hard to come by, and ones that actually have a style you enjoy are even rarer.
While it may take a lot of searching, finding the perfect jacket to wear all throughout the holiday will infinitely improve your chances of being comfortable.
You’ll know your own body better than anyone else when it comes to the specific medicine required, but either way, this is really, really important.
Nobody wants to come across as being overly cautious these days, which seems incredibly odd, because being so cautious is what can sometimes save lives. That sounds dramatic, but it’s true.
Even if it’s just the occasional paracetamol pill, we can guarantee it’ll make you feel a lot better and a lot more secure — especially if you don’t go out of your way to acquire travel insurance.
7 Comfortable & Practical Gloves
Frostbite is a very real phenomenon that plenty of people all around the globe have had to deal with for years now, but beyond that, not wearing gloves in a cold-weather environment just isn’t particularly comfortable.
But it’s not just about getting a pair that don’t drive you crazy, because as everyone knows, smartphones are really popular these days and most folks have one.
Therefore, investing in gloves that allow you to touch the screen without taking them off is really beneficial if you want to avoid the bitter winter cold.
There are so many great thermals out there now that it’s kind of impossible to keep track. Some are baggier than others and some may not look particularly appealing, but they’re all going to make a difference in the cold depths of wherever it is you’re heading away to on holiday.
They slip right underneath your clothes with ease and while it can sometimes they can make you too warm and cause you to sweat, that’s a risk that we believe is entirely necessary in order to achieve maximum comfort.
5 Lip Balm
Dry lips can impact quite literally anyone, and are prone to happen on a cold holiday.
You should have some lip balm with you at all times for a multitude of reasons, not least of which being that having dry lips is so unbelievably uncomfortable that it’s not even funny.
Lip balm is often quite a small item to carry, so it’s not going to feel bulky or awkward to carry around. In fact, it’s almost a certainty someone will want to borrow it.
4 Pre-Prepared Meals
It could be a bit tricky with getting them over the border, but as long as you declare the food, then there should be no issue whatsoever.
We’re thinking stew and soup, mainly because they just make the most sense from a practical standpoint. Everyone likes to have things that are familiar to them and if you can take a thermos around with you and just enjoy it while it’s still hot, then we’d argue there’s nothing better.
3 Weather App
There are many great weather apps out there, with BBC and the standard Apple app being two of the very best, and they’re more important than you might think.
They tend to be fairly accurate when it comes to figuring out what the weather is going to be for the next few hours at the very least, so preparing ahead and knowing what to expect can make a huge difference to your actual holiday.
They barely take up that much room on your phone either, which is always a nice bonus.
2 Hip Flask
One way to warm up is by heading down through the streets with a top-level hip flask in your pocket. It doesn’t matter what the beverage in question is, because as long as it’s going to warm you up and start the night off well, it's doing its job. Just make sure that you’ve actually paid for the beverage and it’s legal to go out drinking on the streets, and everything should fall into place.
1 Walking Boots
A pair of trainers isn’t going to get the job done especially if it just so happens to be really icy on the day that you decide to go for a long walk.
They don’t always look like the most fashionable shoes in the world, but there times when fashion needs to be put to one side. As you’ve probably guessed already, this is one of those times.
Make sure you have a decent pair of waterproof walking boots before venturing off to march through the rain, sleet and snow.