Weather the Storm: Dealing with Weather When You Travel

Posted on October 13, 2011

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Weather can make or break a trip, and yet it’s one thing that is completely out of your control. Here are some tips for planning ahead for inclement weather so nothing can put a damper on your trip. (As well as some advice on how to handle being stuck indoors.)

By Lisa Koehler
No traveler wants to be stuck in a rainstorm with their backpacks and high-tech gear exposed to the elements. Here’s some advice for avoiding a downpour of disaster:
Check the forecast: When you are planning a trip, no matter where are going, check the forecast. The weather can change from gorgeous to gloomy over the course of one day.
Websites like Wunderground will provide you with weather predictions for any city based on conditions seen in past years for any days out of the year. In order to get the most out of your trip, check beforehand if you are choosing a weekend that usually has nice weather.
  • Pack accordingly: If your traveling plans are set, the next thing you need to do is make sure your luggage is prepared. If the forecast says it’s going to be rainy, pack a jacket or sweater with a hood. Carry an umbrella in your backpack and a pair of extra socks just in case yours get wet. Ziplock or plastic bags are great to carry so that your phone, ipod, camera or books don’t get soaked. Always pack clothing that can be worn in layers so that if warms up, you can regulate your temperature.
  • Customize your itinerary: You may have chosen a weekend to travel where a few days are supposed to have bad weather. If this is the case, make some changes to your itinerary so that any outdoor activities will take place on days with nice weather, and leave the museums, churches, and shopping to days when the weather is bad. This way you are not wasting any time or missing out on the plans you made.

Surprise Storm?

You may find yourself stuck somewhere, unprepared for the bad weather, but you should never let that keep you from seeing what you planned. Get an umbrella and a pair of rain boots, and go outside! If you planned a trip to Santorini expecting sun, you probably won’t be able to enjoy the beach, but you can certainly walk around and explore the beautiful Grecian landscape. If being outside is out of the question, try to plan as many indoor activities as you can. Visit museums, dine at a nearby café, or just peruse the shops around town. Your pictures might not be as clear and sunny as you would have liked, but at least you didn’t waste your time sitting in a hotel room.

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Got any tips you’d like to share about braving the storm in Europe? Let us know by commenting below!

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