Southern Mom Loves: Foolproof Packing Tips for Spring Travel!

Foolproof Packing Tips for Spring Travel!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Spring is just around the corner and wouldn’t it be nice to get away for a little while? Whether you’re looking to hit the mountains or beach, you really need to think carefully about what you’ll need to pack. In most areas of the country, not only will you have to consider the rainy weather, but you’ll also need to consider the fluctuation in temperature throughout the day. This can make packing a bit frustrating. The last thing you want to do is end up shopping for overpriced clothing and umbrellas while on vacation. The good news is you can be prepared. Let’s look at some foolproof packing tips for spring travel.

1. Research Your Location

A simple Google search will help you discover the average weather for the area during the season you’ll be traveling. This is a good guideline, but weather can be tricky. Regardless, this is a great starting point so that you know what to expect from your location and the general terrain. You may even find a recommended packing list on what to include in your luggage when traveling to the area.

2. Check the Weather Forecast

Unless you’re the type that likes to pack weeks in advance, check the weather report for the area you’ll be visiting. If you’re packing a couple days ahead of your departure, you’ll get the best estimate you can as to what the weather will be like. Check two or three different weather reports and pack for the worst-case scenario. Just remember that in most areas the weather can greatly fluctuate from morning to afternoon.

3. Be Prepared for Rain

In the United States, spring is usually the rainy season. This means that a spring shower can pop up out of nowhere. You want to be prepared by bringing along umbrellas at the very least. If you want to be able to keep your hands free, consider including some ponchos as well. You can find these very inexpensively in most dollar stores.

4. Remember the Sunscreen
While it may be the rainy season, you should definitely bring along sunscreen. If you plan to spend time outdoors, you need to have sunscreen. Its best to get a waterproof sunscreen not only because of the rain, but for any water activities you have planned. Also remember that just because it’s a cloudy day doesn’t mean harmful rays from the sun aren’t passing through. Stay protected.

5. Bring Along a Light Jacket
You definitely want to bring along a light jacket. Not only will you need it most mornings, but a light jacket is easy to tie around your waist once the weather starts to warm up. If you plan to be away from your hotel room throughout the day, you don’t want to be stuff carrying a heavy coat.

6. Layer up!

Layers are a great option for the spring. A cardigan over a tee shirt will keep you warm in the morning and can be tied around your waist in the afternoon. You can also save space in your luggage by wearing layers, which is a great tip if you plan to travel by plane. And, if you take the redeye flights to save money, you’ll be traveling when the weather is cooler and not risk getting too hot.

7. Pack Your Swimsuit
It may be chilly in the mornings, but many areas of the country warm up enough for it to be comfortable to go swimming. Remember, check the area you’ll be traveling to for the exact weather forecast. Also, if your hotel has an indoor swimming pool, you’ll be able to take advantage of it no matter what the weather is like.

8. Choose Your Shoe Options Carefully

Again, this is where you want to pay close attention to the weather forecast. The last thing you want to do is travel to the Northeast with nothing but sandals and end up walking through a foot of snow. It can happen. It pays to include both sandals and a pair of warmer kicks. You may also want to include a few pairs of thick socks, just in case.

Spring can be a great time to travel. Not only are kids out of school for spring break, but the weather can be really pleasant in the afternoons. You will have to consider the cooler morning temperatures and the possibility of rain, but you usually don’t have to worry about getting too hot, unless you travel to the far Southeast. Remember, a quick look at the forecast can help you determine the best clothing and shoes to pack for your family. It’s best to be overprepared though. That way you don’t have to spend money on overpriced items once you get there.


Are you planning a trip this spring? Where are you traveling to? I love to read your comments!

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