Winter Travel Tips

by Country Inns & Suites
Wednesday, January 2, 2013

snow on road

While travel during any time of the year can be stressful, winter travel has its own set of issues that can cause even more stress. Whether you’re traveling on the roads or in the air this season, we want you to have the best travel experience possible! Here are some winter travel tips to help your upcoming business trip or vacation go smoothly:

1. Prepare for challenging weather

Whether you’re driving or flying to your destination this winter, check the weather forecast for your destination and your travel route before you depart. Your destination may have good weather, but you have to get there first! For those of you driving, snow, ice and other weather challenges can cause traffic delays and dangerous driving conditions. Planning ahead and having alternate routes prepared can help ensure a smoother trip. If you’re flying, take into account the departure and arrival locations of your flights, including any connections. Bad weather at any of these locations may mean that your flight is delayed or even cancelled.

2. Leave room in your suitcase for bulky winter clothing

Unlike small and airy summer clothing, winter clothing such as sweaters, boots, and coats can take up a lot of space in your suitcase. Set out all of the clothing you think you’ll need during your trip beforehand to ensure that it will fit into the bags you plan to bring. This is particularly important if you’re flying to your destination and plan to only bring a carry-on bag. Planning ahead can help you realize problems in time to fix them and can also help you decrease the number of items in your bag by packing smart.

3. Prepare your vehicle for cold weather

Driving in the winter has its own set of challenges. Bad weather can slow you down, but it can also be dangerous for you and your passengers. Before departing on your trip, consider taking your vehicle into a mechanic to make sure it’s prepared for a winter road trip. Think about having your tires checked to ensure that they can handle any wintry conditions you might encounter. In addition to checking your vehicle, you should also pack an ice scraper to clean your windows, and, if you’re going somewhere particularly wintry and off the beaten path, you may want to bring snow chains for your tires.

 4. Wear layers during travel

Cold winter weather often calls for travelers to wear multiple layers during a trip. You’ll want to be comfortable on the plane or in your vehicle, but also ready to keep warm when you have to stop for gas and a meal or leave the airport to get to your final destination. Start with a base layer such as a t-shirt or tank top, and then add a long-sleeve shirt, sweater, or cardigan on top. To combat the freezing temperatures outside, complete your outfit with a cozy scarf, gloves, and a warm winter coat!


Do you frequently travel in the winter? Let us know your own tips for making sure your drive or flight goes smoothly in the comments!