5 Tips for Preparing for Unpredictable Weather
Travelling, no matter where you visit, more often than not will end up with you playing a game of “weather lottery.” Especially in places such as the UK where the climate can be not only unpredictable, but violent, you want to be prepared for the worst. Cyclones, snow, hail storms, lightning, floods– you name it, tourists in history have experienced it. So what can you do to prepare for these extremities so that you don’t get caught out in a disaster? These are my top 5 tips.
1. Know your risk
If you know you’re going to be spending time in a place that generally has temperamental weather, then think ahead about exactly what sort of thing you’re bracing yourself for. If it’s just a bit of light rain and a breeze, you probably don’t need to stress. But if you know you’re walking into an extremely volatile environment, do some research before you get there so you know how to handle the worst-case scenario. What you don’t want to do is get caught off guard and not know what to do, so have a look at Google, or visit an extreme weather site.
2. Pack smart
Now, I’m not suggesting that you should bring skis on your trip on the off chance that it snows, but you should be prepared. Just a simple addition (such as an umbrella or trench coat) to your luggage can make a huge difference if you’re caught in a situation that isn’t quite ideal.
3. Charge your phone
This is so important and so easily overlooked! The worst thing in the world is not having battery when you actually are in need of it. Simply plugging your phone in whenever you’re at your accommodation can potentially prevent a whole world of issues if the weather actually does turn nasty.
4. If you’re driving, have a full tank
Again, so important and so easily overlooked. You might need to get away quickly or even just make the journey home in bad weather, and the last thing you want to do is have to pull over in a hailstorm to get petrol. Having at least half a tank or more at least is generally a good idea, especially when in a foreign country.
5. Travel insurance
This is so easily and often overlooked but such an important aspect of travel, and don’t underestimate its value! No matter where you end up going, if bad weather gets in the way of your trip and you have to cancel or change plans, your insurance provider will cover aspects such as cancelled or delayed flights, accommodation refunds, and ticket cancellations. You don’t want to travel without knowing that in the worst case scenario, you’ll be covered and protected. If you’re not sure where to start, have a look at a comparison site to give you a better idea of what policies might be better for you or ask yourself some of these questions:
- Are there severe weather risks that you should be aware of in the area you’re visiting?
- Do you plan on participating in winter sports or adventure activities? This could affect your cover
- Are you bringing valuable items that could be affected by bad weather or damaged on your trip?
- Are you with a large group? You may be able to get a discount if so
- If you travel often, it may be more useful taking out an annual policy.
At the end of the day, you have to do what suits you best in order to get the best possible value out of your trip. If you do happen to come across extreme or nasty weather, you need to be prepared so that you don’t get caught unexpectedly. With just a few easy changes to your mindset and your luggage, you can set yourself up for the best trip possible. Let’s just hope it doesn’t rain!
Bessie Hassan is Head of PR and Money Expert at finder.com