Successful winter travel is all about successful navigation of winter weather. We want you to be safe getting to and from destinations with minimum trouble and maximum enjoyment -- and, most importantly, to always arrive safe and sound.
We asked, you answered! Discover Wisconsin co-host Mariah Haberman shares a few of the best travel tips our viewers sent us on Facebook and Twitter.
Winter Traveling In Wisconsin
Photo by Michele Thielke
Before You Leave
Here are our top packing picks for winter. Remember your coat, boots, gloves, beanies, and all the thermal and socks you own.
Are you heading out by car? Be sure to create a list of must-haves for your Wisconsin road trip. Think coolers full of non-perishable snacks, plenty of drinking water, a road atlas, car chargers for phones and other electronics, blankets, sunglasses, and of course, a cool playlist.
This being winter, Wisconsin comes with a different set of rules for drivers – think snow chains, flashlights, scraper and brush, and in case of emergencies, a shovel, tow chain, jumper cables, and kitty litter or sand.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation also suggests drivers not use cruise control in wintery conditions.
Winter is also the time to catch college football with the University of Wisconsin Badgers, and of course, a professional game or two with the Green Bay Packers at the world-famous Lambeau Field. Show your spirit with team gear like coats, beanies, gloves, seat covers, definitely a Thermos.
If your itinerary is a little lacking, mosey into your hotel lobby for pamphlets and information on Wisconsin attractions nearby. The Badger State has everything from winter festivals to skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, hunting, and so much more.
This is traveling, and although you’re on vacation mode, it might be wise to pinch a penny or two during your trip. Take advantage of the complimentary breakfast found at any Best Western hotel in Wisconsin.
You’re on vacation, and you’re definitely taking a lot of pictures. Back at the hotel, use the hotel Wi-Fi to upload your digital camera or back-up your Smartphone photos each night. We don’t need an accidental smashing incident wiping out all those memories.
Road tripping across America? Ran out of thermal underwear? Hit the laundry facilities at many Best Western hotels across the Badger State.
Flying away from America’s Dairyland in the morning? See if your Wisconsin Best Western hotel features a complimentary airport shuttle.
No one likes lines. Be sure to check in to your flight ahead of time if you can, either with the airliner’s app on your phone, or on their website. And if you’re not able to display your boarding pass on your phone, see if your hotel has office facilities and simply print it out.
Photo by Monica Hall
Once again, be sure to back up or develop all photos from your amazing trip.
And if you feel so inclined, drop a positive line about your hotel stay on any hotel review site (i.e. TripAdvisor, Yelp, etc.).