Points To Consider When Going On A Winter Holiday In Northumberland

Published: Wednesday 4th Nov 2015

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

If you are planning a winter holiday in Northumberland – there are a few things you need to consider. Planning and preparing for a winter holiday takes a bit more time than planning a summer holiday! You will need clothing and luggage that can withstand the harsh snap of a British winter.

This is a helpful guide offering tips and advice on how to make the most of your winter break.

Step 1 – Plan

Writing a comprehensive list is a great way to keep on top of what is going in and coming out of your luggage. This helps prevent overlooking any essential items. Making a list is particularly helpful if you are travelling with kids. There are many planning/packing checklists you can find online to help you plan.

Step 2 – Packing

To avoid trying to force everything in to one case and failing to close the zip, remember to pack thin layers of clothing. Layering clothes instead of wearing one thick, bulky jumper is a more effective way to stay warm. Packing thinner clothes also takes up less room in your suitcase. Thermals are great for this purpose. Wellies and other bulky items can be packed into shopping bags and put separately into the car boot.

Part 3 – Travelling

If travelling with young children, a long car journey can be a daunting idea. Pack a bag with car-friendly activities such as colouring books and mini board games. You could also create a picnic to distract the kids during the journey - after all, kids are at their most occupied when they are eating! You could also create a playlist of your favourite music so you can listen to it and relax while enjoying travelling through the UKs most beloved wintery scenery.

Also make sure your car is in full working order and all your fluid levels are topped up and your electrics and lights are all working as they should be. The last thing you want to do is break down. This is inconvenient at the best of times. It would be awful to have to stand on the side of the road in freezing and wet weather conditions for something that could easily have been avoided.

There are some essential items to pack when going on a winter holiday in Northumberland. These items include:

  • Waterproof backpack – you’re bound to carry valuable items that you won’t want to get wet. A waterproof backpack will enable you to keep these items on you to keep them safe and dry.
  • Thermos Flask – to avoid any warmth or hydration needs.
  • Long Johns – helps to stay warm and enables you to stay out and explore longer.
  • Touch Screen Gloves – so you don’t have to take your gloves off to use your phone.
  • Moisturising Lotion – to protect your skin against the harsh winter wind, especially on your hands and face.
  • Torch – the nights get darker earlier in the winter months so a torch can come in handy just in case you lose track of time while out and about.
  • Sunglasses – winter sun is lower than in summer and can be very bright.
  • Sensible Shoes – make sure you have shoes with plenty of grip and are warm. This will avoid any unnecessary slipping and sliding.
  • Umbrella – to stay dry in the winter rain.

Part 4 - Book the right accommodation

Where you are staying when away is important, and could make or break your holiday. If you do not wish to brave the winter elements but would still like to get away for a change of scenery, Grace Darling Holidays have a selection of luxury self-catering holiday cottages located around Northumberland.

These cottages have the highest standard of chic, contemporary and modern furnishings. All the cottages are warm and cosy and many have an open fire with an included supply of logs. These fires are a welcome delight on the coldest of nights, and how romantic too!

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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