Weather Watching: Preparing for Bad Weather While Traveling

We’ve all been there. Abroad in a fascinating new place but locked in a hostel or hotel room due to inclement weather and no plan. It can feel like prison. Worse, even. Because prison doesn’t set you back $2K a week and the guards let you out for a few hours. We kid, but you get the picture.

But hey, look on the bright side. You’re on vacation while the rest of your friends are at work. And sure, your tan lines won’t be as pronounced as you’d have liked, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had. The truth is, bad weather doesn’t care that you’re on vacation. It’s going to happen whether you like it or not. Luckily for you, Travelversed cares.

This is your captain speaking and today, we’re going to share our travel tested, weather busting tips should Mother Nature rear her stormy head at the worst possible time. Please note the location of the emergency exits, obey the seatbelt sign, and please, please don’t take your socks off on the plane because that’s super gross. Let’s go!

Research

This may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people touch down in a new country with absolutely no concept of the local temperature and precipitation patterns. Don’t believe us? There are people who’ve booked golfing trips in the height of South Carolina’s hurricane season.

Don’t make the same mistakes. You spend all your time on the Internet anyways. Spend some time digging into your destination’s local climate so that you’ll know what to expect once you arrive. Maybe it gets really cold at night or maybe it rains periodically during the day. Nobody expects you to plot the weather trends or predict the future, but a little research can go a very long way.

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Pack Smart

And, more importantly, prepare for the worst. For instance, a friend refused to pack a rain coat on their trip to Cuba a few years ago. When asked why, they said that they didn’t want to jinx it. Yeah, because that’s how the weather works.

You’ve already done the research (if you haven’t, re-read the first point), so you already know what to expect. Now it’s packing time. Make a packing list, pack dual-purpose clothing items, pack clothes that can be easily layered, and, most importantly, prioritize practicality over fashion. Sure, those heels may look nice, but you’ll get more use out of your sneakers.

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