As fun and exciting as it is to travel around the world, you can ruin your vacation in a hurry if you aren’t ready for a change in the climate. If you even think the weather at your next vacation destination is going to be different from what you’re used to, consider these tips before you depart.


Research the Climate

While you’re researching what there is to do at your destination, take some time to research the weather. Know what the average temperature is, whether it gets much rain, or whether you can expect snow. Right before you leave home, check the weather again so you know for sure what to expect. We all know how unpredictable the weather can be, so do your best to be ready for it.


Avoid Bulky Fabrics

As warm as thick sweaters and winter jackets are, they take up a lot of space in your luggage. When you pack for a trip, stick to clothes with thin fabrics that provide insulation in cold weather. If you’re dressing for warm weather, pack light and airy clothes that will feel comfortable in the summer heat. You won’t need a bulky maxi dress or a stylish suit unless you’re going to a formal function.


Light Colors in Warm Weather, Dark Colors in the Cold

A general rule when it comes to packing for different climates is to wear light-colored clothing in warm weather and dark clothing in cold weather. Light colors will reflect more of the sun away from you, while dark colors will absorb heat.


Dress in Layers in the Cold

You will probably spend more time outdoors when you travel than when you are home, so be prepared to brave the cold if you’re in a colder climate. If you heeded our previous tip about packing light fabrics, you can dress in layers to keep warm without having to wear a heavy coat or sweater.


Don’t Forget Cold Weather Essentials

When we say “cold weather essentials,” we mean things like hats, gloves, and earmuffs. You obviously won’t need these things if you’re going to a warm climate, but you will be glad you have them when you’re outside on a cold day with lots of snow.