As the end of January approaches, the winter blues have well and truly arrived, and nothing seems more appealing than curling up inside on long and dark winter evenings. However, there are many reasons to resist the urge to hibernate and get out and about outdoors when it’s cold. We’ve looked at just three of the reasons you should head out on your glamping holidays this winter, for a unique and quirky break that will do you the world of good, as well as the ways you can combat the cold for maximum enjoyment.
Creativity and focus
If you’re struggling to come up with new and innovative ideas or often find yourself distracted at work, it could be that some time away from it all is exactly what you need. Walking has long since been known to increase productivity, and this is particularly helpful if you are in a peaceful location with lots of wildlife around you in natural surroundings. This can also be applied to behavioural problems among children, with experts such as Richard Louv using the term “nature-deficit disorder”, where he believes children spending less time outdoors are more prone to bad behaviour.
Physical activity in the presence of nature is commonly referred to as ‘’green exercise”, and can improve the way you feel. One meta-analysis of 10 studies found that this kind of activity for as little as five minutes leads to remarkable improvements in both the subjects mood and self-esteem. Further, any kind of exercise near a natural water source is even better for your mood, so heading out to explore rivers, lakes and streams near your glamping site will certainly rid you of your winter blues! This is particularly important during colder and darker weather, as the natural light of outdoors will do wonders for your mood and positivity.
Spending time outside in natural light is vital to optimising your vitamin D levels, which has a plethora of benefits for your health and wellbeing. In the winter, when natural light is shortened, it’s integral that you are outside as much as possible during daylight. Vitamin D also fights infections including colds and flu, which are particularly prevalent during winter months, so getting outside as much as possible will help matters, even when it’s cold.
Combatting the cold
So, whilst it’s a fantastic idea to book a glamping break away during the winter, you will need to take steps to protect yourself from the cold. Whether you plan on doing some outdoor exercise in your new environment or you fancy a long hike to explore, you will need to be prepared for extreme weathers.
Dressing in multiple layers is vital this time of year if you’re planning to spend a sufficient amount of time outside. Use a lightweight synthetic material to rid yourself of any unwanted moisture and then add a fleece or a wool jumper on top for warmth. Finish with a waterproof, wind-resistant material.
Hats and gloves
It’s well known that you lose around 50 percent of your body heat from your uncovered head and wearing a hat will also keep your ears nice and warm. Cold hands can put a dampener on the day, so invest in some thin layer gloves and a pair of thick mittens for when it’s really chilly. It’s easy to de-layer with these accessories if you get too hot, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry in these circumstances.
Scarfs and neck gators
When the temperature is particularly low or the wind remarkably biting, it’s a good idea to have a scarf or neck gator to hand, so you can cover your face and keep vulnerable parts, such as your nose, protected. This will also warm the air a little before it reaches your lungs, making it less of a harsh contrast for your body.
Good quality footwear is vital to prevent slips or falls from icy areas of your route and will also help cross muddy patches, puddles and swampy areas. Remember to try on a few pairs with thick socks and to wear them around the house prior to your holiday to minimise the likelihood of rubbing and blisters.
Check the forecast
Although you may only have one or two full days on your weekend away, it makes sense to check which day has the better forecast and plan your walk for then. As the saying goes, fail to plan then plan to fail, and as much as you may want to explore the beautiful surroundings, trudging along in driving windy rain is not as fun as you may hope.
Wear light and reflective clothing
Even if you plan to reach your luxurious glamping abode before nightfall, accidents happen and anything could delay you in reaching home. You may even need to take an alternative route, leaving you walking along the road or parts of the journey. This can be highly dangerous, so making sure you are visible to drivers is important.
Drinking plenty of fluids in colder weather is just as important as it is in hotter conditions. Remember to drink before, during and after you have spent time outside, exercising or otherwise. Dehydration is more difficult to recognise in colder conditions, so remember to drink even when you don’t feel thirsty.
Getting outside in cold weather has many benefits to your health, and as long as the correct precautions are taken prior to embarking upon activity, it’s a great way to spend your holiday to get the most out of your relaxation time. Whilst glamping, you immerse yourself into the great outdoors and can reap the benefits of natural light for the weeks following your holiday. Embarking on an adventure in winter means you can make the most of less-crowded tourist hot spots as well as ridding yourself of any pesky January blues that refuse to budge.