If you are anything like me, when you think about road trips you imagine driving down the road with the windows down and the sun shining on your face. Traveling in the winter can be really difficult, the weather is more likely not to cooperate, it's cold, the days are shorter, etc. For New Years 2016 we decided we wanted to wake up in Yosemite, we also thought it would be a good idea to sleep in a canvas tent. We all (except for @joseromero) claim that it was a miserable experience, probably because we weren't as prepared as we could have been, but does anyone really like hanging out in 5-degree weather? I guess it couldn't have been that bad because we are taking Sasquatch back to experience a winter in Yosemite in 2 weeks.
As long as you are prepared, a winter trip can be better than any summer trip you have ever been on. Here is why...
- Less Crowded
- You can find most national parks almost vacant. Such a nice break from the typical zoo that can take place in the summer.
- Gas is cheaper. Places to stay are cheaper. You can find all of the off-season deals.
- Often times we visit places at the peak of their season. We have found that by visiting them in the winter, we are experiencing a totally new place. Winter makes familiar places seem foreign. For example if you haven't been to Zion National Park in the winter, that needs to be on your bucket list. All the red rock covered with white snow is unreal.
- Thaw Out
- Escape the cold. Because we live in Utah, we are within a relatively quick drive from the coast. If we ever get tired of the snow and freezing temperature, we can be in sunny 70 degree southern California in 9 hours, Mexico in 13 hours, Phoenix in 11. There is no reason you should be miserable.
So you're convinced that traveling in the winter isn't all that bad. These are the things that have made our past trips not only bearable but safe and enjoyable.
Our Winter Road Trip Wish List:
- Tire Chains - The fastest way to get yourself out of a sticky situation. Amazon
- Portable Heater - Just don't forget to turn it off when you go to sleep. Amazon
- Hand Warmers - Stick a couple of these in your gloves or pockets before you head out on your hike and you will forget that there is even snow on the ground. Amazon
- Below 0 Sleeping Bag - If you don't have a good sleeping bag you are going to hate camping, you are going to especially hate winter camping. Amazon
- Camp Mugs - The perfect camp vibe accessory. Amazon
- Hot Chocolate - There is nothing better than sitting around the fire after a cold day and sipping some hot beverages to warm your insides. Amazon
- Jet Boil - Fastest way to warm up that water for your hot beverages. Amazon
- De-humidifer - If you choose to sleep in your car I suggest you pick up one of these. Amazon
- Down Jacket - This will be your go to winter item. And then you will be glad you have it on those summer nights in the desert when the sun goes down. Amazon
- Emergency Kit - Be prepared. Thats all. Amazon
Did we miss anything? Lets us know in the comments.