Always Check the Weather First

If you want to spend a ton of money on vacation, packing your suitcase without checking the weather is one way to do it. First of all, there are the obvious reasons that you should check the weather: flight delays, evacuations, closings, etc. It doesn’t matter what season you are traveling in, there is more than than just snow and hurricanes to worry about. In my opinion, the most important reason for checking the weather is to save money on clothes. Yes. You read that right.

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Packing for the weather is one of the best pieces of advice I could ever give you. I’ve been the person who made the assumption that the weather was going to be great and was unpleasantly surprised when it was not. Exhibit A: I took a trip to Vail, Colorado back in 2014 in the middle of July. In case you didn’t know, Vail is in the Rockies. Yes, the same Rocky Mountains that are famous for skiing and snowboarding. I’m from North Carolina, where we have beautiful mountains, and if you visit in July, you will burn up. It is just as hot anywhere else in the state. It turns out the Rockies are not like that. The minute we started seeing mountains in Colorado, I could see the snow caps. That should have been a warning, but still, I didn’t think anything about it. We arrived at our resort, opened the car door, and suddenly I was hit in the face with the frigid air that felt like January. It was 57 degrees and here I was with shorts, tank tops, and sandals. Not smart.  I spent the whole next day of the trip buying warm clothes…including a ski jacket. Yes. It was that cold. Apparently, that is normal summer weather in Vail.

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Exhibit B: I took a trip to Martha’s Vineyard back in May. This time, I knew to pack clothes for cooler weather because I had been there before during the summer. It was freezing then, so I figured it would be freezing on this trip as well. I was right. It was absolutely freezing. What I wasn’t prepared for were the storms. Every single day it was pouring down rain with thunderstorms mixed in. And the wind. It was so windy, there were times I thought I was going to blow away. Literally. All day, every single day for the entire week we were there. Yet again, I did not check the weather, so there I was with no rain gear. No rain jacket, no rain boots, and no umbrella. Nothing.

Don’t make that mistake. Don’t be that person. Check your weather apps before you pack. Also, be sure to pack one “just in case” outfit. You might be planning a nice summer beach trip and all of the sudden a storm comes up and it becomes chilly outside. You never know. Not to quote your mother, but always be prepared.

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