This weekend we were away at a cottage in Aviemore - I'm scheduling this from before we went though so hopefully we made it in spite of the snow! Tam got a birthday present of a weekend away from his brother and we kept putting off going for some reason, but January seemed like a good time to use it - surely after the excitement of Christmas, we'd be in need of another break soon after? In theory this plan was great, but in reality we forgot to consider that the weather might not share our opinion. I'm aware I talk about weather constantly on here but it really does dominate our life at times! Since the location definitely signaled snow and low temperatures, I put together a practical list of things to pack to make me invincible in the outdoors.
- Sensible footwear - this is my top priority! My Pajar boots get so many compliments and they're great in the snow thanks to the sturdy soles and thermal insoles. I got mine from TK Maxx but there's similar ones here. I also packed wellies as a back up, but make sure to take some super thick socks to wear with them - wellies have lots of space for cold to get in! I have double layer hiking socks that my gran wore in the 90s and they're still going strong.
- A cosy jacket. My coat of choice here is a giant, thick, fleece lined mens duffel coat I got on sale at Matalan a few years ago, but anything that'll keep the water off and keeps me warm would make the cut.
- Layers. I have a thermal top, thermal tights and thermal socks and they're all packed. I actually prefer to wear dresses in the cold because they can easily be layered up and still look nice. I wear a slip under them, then a jumper on top. My thermal tights were a bargain '2 for £5' in Lidl and they're doing a great job. I did have to go up two sizes but that's just one of many 'highlights' of being tall! I've also packed a couple of tunics to wear with leggings (which I also wear tights with) but the leggings would work with the dresses in extreme cold.
- Spares. This is my mum's voice talking now. She's an advocate of taking extra underwear, socks and a jacket in case of extreme weather, hence why I have spare outdoor shoes and one more complete outfit than I need. I think the only time this has come in handy was when we went to Italy and got soaked, but I can't quite stop myself doing it after so long!
- Accessories. Not only have I packed my warmest gloves, hat and earmuffs (they're good on ponytail days instead of a hat!), but I also have a wool blanket for snuggling under on the sofa. Also, my camera bag is a waterproof one I got before going to Blackpool last year. I deliberately picked a unisex one but it doesn't seem to have tempted Tam to carry it for me...
Otherwise, I have my knitting and a couple of books, and plenty of food stuff. This holiday is only three days but I like to over prepare when we have the car and know I can fill the boot if I want to. Here's some bonus advice - do a mini car service and make sure all lights are working, tyres are blown up and the petrol tank is full, and check the usual oil and water and spare tyre. My tyres need blown up every month so I'm going to start checking the other things more regularly too, especially in the winter. And now you're good to go!