Winter Road Trip Check List

Winter Road Trip Check List

We are trying harder this year to enjoy more time outside in the Winter. In Eastern Canada, we tend to get a large accumulation of snow most years. This is great if you are into skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or other snow related activities. 

As I have been planning activities this Winter, checking out festivals (such as the Jack Frost Festival in PEI), looking for activities to do as a family, or seeking venues to visit within a few hours of our home, I got to thinking about what to take with us. Packing the car up for a Winter Road Trip is a little different than what I pack in the warmer Summer months.

In our vehicle, we pack a Road Trip Kit, and now have different seasonal lists of what to pack. You can find these printable lists for Summer or Winter, as well as a Basic Car First Aid Kit, and Emergency Car Kit right here on this site.

As you get ready to head out to enjoy the Winter activities on the road, be sure you are prepared for the trip by using this handy Winter Road Trip Check List.

~ Blanket
~ Flash Light & Batteries
~ Water Bottle /one per person
~ GPS or Maps (print off map for the kids)
~ Phone & Car Charger
~ Notebook & Pencils
~ Cooler (with meals and/or snacks)
~ Extra Pair of Wool Socks
~ Extra Shoes/Boots
~ Mittens,Hats & Scarves (extras)
~ Sweaters / additional layers
~ Extra Set Keys
~ Window Scraper & Brush
~ First Aid Kit (purchase or make your own)
~ Cash/ Change (Tolls and in emergency)
~ Camera
~ Baby Wipes / Wet Wipes
~ Kids Activities /  Games
~ Electronics & charge cables (Tablet, DVD, etc)
~ Headphones
~ Windshield Washer Fluid (extra jug)
~ Sunglasses
~ Large Jug Water (for refills)
~ First Aid Kit (purchase or make your own)
~ Car Emergency Kit (purchase or make your own)
~ Bag of Sand or Kitty Litter
~ Folding/ Compact Shovel


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National Ski Day, Jan 14 – Save 50% at participating locations

National Ski Day is on Saturday January 14th 2017. To celebrate, many ski resorts across Canada are offering discounted lift tickets! At most locations, the tickets are 50% off. Tickets for all resorts (with the exception of Whistler Blackcomb) can be purchased at EventBrite.

Here’s a list of the participating resorts:

Ontario: Quebec: Alberta:
  • Castle Mountain Resort – lift tickets are $42.48 for adults and $37.48 for student/senior/junior, plus you’ll get a free gift on arrival
British Columbia:
  • Whistler Blackcomb – $25 for a lesson, rental and Learning Area Lift Ticket (ages 19+ only)
  • Grouse Mountain – 50% off all regular lift ticket prices
  • Mt. Seymor – lift tickets $28.00
  • Tabor Mountain Ski Resort – lift tickets $22.00
  • Silver Star Mountain Resort – lift tickets $50.00
  • Red Mountain Resort – lift tickets $44.50
  • Panorama Pure Canada – lift tickets $46.00
Manitoba: New Brunswick:
  • Mont Farlange – lift tickets - $17.50 for adults and $13.50 for students
  • Marble Mountain - 50% off all regular lift ticket prices
Click here for more information on National Ski Day.

Wild Lights at the Magnetic Hill Zoo 

Wild Lights at the Magnetic Hill Zoo

wildlights Our family have been Magnetic Hill Zoo patrons for years. We have had season passes several years, attended birthday parties and zoo camps and always try to fit in at least one Spring Sunday opening each year. Now, we have a new yearly event to attend. I was looking forward to seeing and experiencing the Wild Lights display, but really had no idea just how well it was done. Friday night we bundled up and ventured out to check out the Wild Lights at Magnetic Hill Zoo. Having never been there at night before, Clayton (almost 4yrs old) was a little timid at first. Once he saw all the lights, it he was on to exploring. Walking through the admissions building and stepping out into the park, the lights hit you, right away something magical happens. Trees are lit, a giant snow globe greets you before you enter the park pathways. On your walk down the pathways, lights are strung above lighting the way. Animated lights of deer jumping, swans, and monkeys are just a few of the fun features on your walk around the zoo.  There were so many large trees almost fully lit, it was just breathtaking. We stopped by the canteen for hot chocolate, and you can also warm hands and feet by the bonfire along the pathway nearby. zoocollage3 zoocollage1
Check out the look on Clayton's face above....pure awe!
As you start to feel the night's chill you can slip in to visit some of the zoo animals in the Primate Center, Discovery Center, and Eco-dome to warm up a little. zoocollage2 There are also special afternoon viewings of the outdoor winter hardy animals on weekends and December 26-30 only from 2-5 pm. We went after dark, but I would suggest going around 4pm to see more animals and walking back through to enjoy the lights as it gets dark. Running through the month of December, this event features hundreds of thousands of holiday lights throughout the 40 acre park. You can visit the Wild Lights at the Magnetic Hill Zoo weekdays from 5pm to 9pm, and weekends 2pm to 9pm. For pricing and details visit Bundle up and head over for an evening stroll through the zoo. Take the whole family and check out the beautiful displays!

GIVEAWAY TIME!! We have 4 ticket s to give away.  Get some friends together, take the family, it's up to you! Winner will be drawn Sunday, December 18th at 9pm. Must be picked up from me in Moncton (Kingswood/Evergreen area).


Wild Lights Tickets Giveaway

*our family received passes in exchange for writing this post. All opinions & experiences remain my own.

My #80lbJourney – On The Road and On Track

My #80lbJourney - On The Road and On Track When life gets busy, it can be so easy to derail oneself while trying to make the right food choices.  Family activities, busy schedules, and traveling can all wreak havoc on your plans to eat healthier. I will be the first to admit, the last few weeks have been a struggle for me when it comes to planning ahead. If I don't take time on Sunday's to plan my meals and my snacks for the week, at least my lunch and snack options, then I get off track very quickly. Today I am in Halifax for the day and I took the time last night to plan my food options in advance. If I hadn't done that, I can honestly tell you, I probably would have stopped for a burger or something worse along the way. Instead I have healthy options in my cooler in my car. Knowing I would be in the car for at least 6 hours out of my day, I decided that the first thing I had to do was to make sure there was water with me. When I drive I need coffee to keep me going, so in order to counteract that coffee my body needs water. Let's not forget, I still have to get my normal water intake for the day (about 3 ltrs). Because I am drinking so much today, some of it is flavoured.  I usually do not drink flavoured water,so it is my treat. The next thing I planned for were my snacks. I packed pre-measured bags of almonds and a couple clementines for my morning snack. In my cooler I have a chicken wrap, cheese, Greek yogurt, apple slices, peanut butter and a boiled egg. Plenty of food to get me home without stopping for muffin or donut! Sure, I am stopping for coffee, but that is it. I am stocked up on healthy prepared options. Everything is easy to grab in the car and leaves me no excuse for cheating. It is not easy, and yes, spending all the prep time on myself seems selfish at times. But I am worth the effort, my good food choices today will continue to lead me on a path to a healthier life. Planning ahead for these type of situations makes a huge difference. I used to think that I made fairly healthy choices when eating meals, but when you're busy,you don't always make the best choices. When planning ahead, you can have healthy options available and easier than ordering a cookie to go with that coffee. Have a great week, and remember...plan, plan and plan some more!

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FREE Admission to King’s Landing Historical Settlement

FREE Admission to King's Landing Historical Settlement wooden-signnbpllogo2 Do you have an NB Library card? Then you can visit King's Landing for FREE in September!
Throughout September, members of the public may visit any of the province’s 63 public libraries and use their library card to sign out one free admission pass to Kings Landing Historical Settlement. The pass will be valid for one visit in September. For admission to Kings Landing, simply show your library card and the pass.
What a lovely time of year to visit. We did a day trip this summer to King's Landing, and we always have a great time when we are there. Here are a few of the things you may see: kingslanding More info about this offer can be found HERE.