Perhaps the most popular vacations in the winter months are trips to the mountains. Most of us are excited by the idea of snow, skiing, sitting by the fire, and spending time just relaxing with family members. We were reminded of this notion when we made a delivery to Lake Harmony, PA, where one of our clients was renovating a boat house. The delivery also reminded us how difficult it can be to plan and pack for a simple weekend trip to the mountains. That being said, we decided to pull together and come up with some tips to make your mountain trip planning just a little bit easier.

1. Packing

To start, make a list of all the activities you plan to do during your trip. Make sure you have an appropriate (and warm enough) outfit for each. It’s also a good rule of thumb to bring two outfits for each day. You never know when you might feel like changing. Your clothes also might end up getting wet from the snow, and you’ll be thankful for that spare outfit.

2. Meals

Many families enjoy preparing their own meals while up the mountains. It’s a wonderful bonding experience, but sometimes we can’t fit all the groceries we’d like into the car. Consider using apps like Yelp or FourSquare to find  restaurants near your vacation destination. These apps also show you reviews so you can make your decision based on others’ experiences.

3. Activities

If you’re planning on skiing, snowboarding, or tubing while up the mountains, it may pay off to buy your tickets in advance. Lift tickets and lessons are sometimes cheaper when you purchase them online prior to your trip. Also, look around online for any coupons or specials if you need to rent equipment.

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