The first weekend of the Lake George Winter Carnival is in the books, but with three weekends still remaining, we’ve decided to put together a survival guide for those of you who haven’t made it out to the Carnival yet. Whether you go this weekend or later in February, here are 5 things you’ll want to make sure you bring to the Lake George Winter Carnival.
1. Hand & Toe Warmers
The weather this time of year can be unpredictable and frigid, but hand and toe warmers can maximize your tolerance for being outside in the cold! These self-heating packets fit easily inside of gloves or mittens and stick inside boots to provide extra warmth. You can typically find them at sporting goods stores and gas stations.
2. Layers Of Clothing
Keeping with the “staying warm” theme, you’ll want to make sure that you dress in layers. This is one of the cardinal rules of winter in the Northeast, but it really will allow you to adjust accordingly no matter what the weather decides to do. A general rule of thumb is to have a thin, insulating layer followed by a warming layer, like a fleece, followed by a waterproof layer, like a shell or raincoat.
When you’re outside in the winter, it’s generally a good idea to wear boots or shoes with deep treads to help keep you from slipping. Since many of the Winter Carnival’s events take place on the ice, you’ll want to wear appropriate footwear so you don’t fall. You may also want to invest in crampons that slide over your boots and can provide extra traction while you’re at the Winter Carnival and also when you’re out-and-about in the winter.
4. A Camera
Ever since the camera phone was created, it’s rare for a person to go anywhere without having the ability to take pictures. Regardless of your photography device of choice, you’ll want to make sure you’re able to capture memories at the Carnival. This is especially true if you have kids – snap photos of them enjoying the multitude of activities the Carnival offers! You’ll also want to arrive at the Carnival with a fully charged device. Don’t miss any pictures because you’re trying to preserve your dying battery!
The Carnival itself is free, but some of the activities, like dog sledding and pony rides, cost money. It’s also a good idea to have cash on hand to buy snacks, warm beverages, or any spur-of-the-moment necessities.