Jetting off to a peaceful beach resort is certainly one way to spend your holidays, but destinations such as Finland, Iceland, Canada and even Wales are becoming increasingly popular choices for those wanting an alternative summer break. If you’re braving the elements, read these six top tips before you travel!

  1. Pack the right clothes

If you’re going to be travelling to a cold country, then you need to ensure you’re packing the right clothes for the weather you’re likely to face. Instead of packing bulky clothes like jumpers and coats, which can eat up a lot of valuable space in your suitcase, you should instead pack layers, which you can then use to create a warm and comfortable outfit whatever the weather.

  1. Make sure you stay in comfortable accommodation

If it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than cosying up in a warm hotel room with your loved ones on an evening. Make sure you choose comfortable accommodation that includes all of the features you’ll need to have a relaxing time – warm showers, central heating and a fire. If you’re planning on staying in the United Kingdom, by taking North Wales holidays, for example, then consider a log cabin or holiday cottage from a provider like Mann’s Holidays.

  1. Plan your activities in advance

While the cold weather is great, it can make it difficult to decide what to get up to. Instead of wasting time booking activities when you’re on holiday, plan your itinerary in advance. By doing so, you’ll be able to enjoy an action-packed break as soon as you get there.

  1. Take a day bag wherever you go

One of the best ways to spend time relaxing on a cold countryside holiday is to go walking. Mountain Warehouse has put together a comprehensive list of things to pack in a day bag when you’re walking or hiking, from a packed lunch and a flask of coffee to a first aid kit and a spare change of clothes in a sealed waterproof bag for those wet and windy days.

  1. Keep an eye on the weather forecasts

Now that your holiday has been booked, there’s little you can do about the weather – but you should be sure to check the forecasts leading up to your journey. This way, you’ll be able to prepare for the big day and pack the appropriate outfits – and book activities and events on days that look like they’ll be dry and sunny.

  1. Think about children, pets and the elderly

Family holidays can be stressful at the best of times, and that’s without taking into account the bad weather. If you’re planning on visiting a cold country, then make sure that your children, elderly relatives and pets are well prepared. Pack extra clothes, don’t spend too much time outdoors and make arrangements for kids clubs and dog-sitting if you think the weather could be dangerous or just too cold.

There you have it – six top tips for travelling to a cold country this year. Wherever you’re headed, wrap up warm and have a fantastic time.