When you live in tropical Singapore, it's natural to want to trade the year-round heat for a cooler climate. If you’re planning a snow-filled holiday in sub-zero temperatures, we’ve put together a checklist of essentials to ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable snowy getaway.
1. Essential documents
If you forget to pack a clothing item or that moisturiser you can’t live without, chances are that you should be able to purchase these items at your destination. But there are certain things you can’t afford to leave behind, like your passport and other important travel documents such as your visa, travel insurance, international driving license (for car rentals), flight ticket, and booking details of your accommodation and transportations. So, remember to keep a soft copy of these documents in case the physical copies go missing during your holiday.
It's also a good idea to register your travel details on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' (MFA) eRegister system. In the event of an emergency like an earthquake overseas, MFA will be able to contact you to check on you and provide any necessary assistance.
2. Travel insurance
Going on a holiday can be exciting and stressful at the same time. It only takes one bad scenario to ruin your experience. It could be a travel cancellation due to bad weather, lost luggage or a medical condition. Having a travel insurance plan helps you get through these situations with less stress knowing that there’ll be compensation should things go wrong during your holiday.
It’s a good practice to buy your travel insurance as soon as your trip is confirmed. This will ensure that your trip is covered should there be any unfortunate circumstances (e.g. heavy snow storm) before your trip.
3. Electronic devices
Batteries tend to deplete faster in extreme temperature. Be sure to bring along power banks and charging cables for your smartphones and camera. It’s good to invest in a universal travel adapter, which also functions as a converter. A converter is handy for single voltage devices, and a universal adapter allows you to charge multiple devices.
4. Weather-appropriate clothing
You’ve probably heard the saying “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”. Having the right winter gear is essential for appreciating the cold weather. They'll keep you warm enough to beat the cold and won't leave you drenched in sweat while you’re chowing down that Korean army stew.
Check the weather forecast of your destination during the time of your visit. You may have picture-perfect cold, crisp, dry days with clear blue skies in mind but wet and windy weather conditions are also common during winter. It’s important to know how cold it’s going to be and how tolerant you are of the cold. Bring along at least one waterproof jacket and boots with good grip. Throw in a pair of sunnies and you’re all set!
Even if you’re someone who doesn’t follow a skincare regimen, lip balm and moisturiser are essential during the cold season. Cold climate dries out your skin. So, consider products such as facial oil, hydrating masks, body lotion, and sunscreen. Don’t skimp on sunscreen just because the temperature is colder and there’s little sunlight. Winter sun can do just as much harm to your skin. If you’re flying long haul, you may want to bring these skincare essentials along with your dental kit in your carry-on bag.
Your medication should also be packed in your carry-on. This way, you won’t run the risk of not having your meds should your luggage get lost. In addition to your prescribed medication, there’s no harm in packing over-the-counter remedies such as painkillers, diarrhoea pills, medicine for indigestion, muscle pain relief cream and a travel-sized first aid kit. Last but not least, check if you need any specific vaccination before you visit the country. This will help you avoid serious health risks during your holiday.
7. Travel wallet
Before you leave, activate your credit/debit card for overseas use, so you don't have to carry excessive amounts of cash around. You can usually do this using your bank's mobile app. Most travellers keep a separate travel wallet for safety precautions and to keep things organised.
8. Ski equipment
If you're not planning to rent equipment when you get to your resort, don’t forget to pack your helmet, boots, skis or snowboard, ski poles and ski lock.
It’s crucial to check if your travel insurance plan covers accidents due to extreme sports activities. Singlife offers an optional add-on cover for travel insurance plans that's specifically designed for winter sports. It not only protects you against accidents, it also covers loss or damage of your equipment.
With everything set and ready to go, you can look forward to enjoying your snowy holiday!