With all the the recent winter storm travel delays, we started to think about what kinds of things are appropriate to pack and/or do ahead of time in case of winter weather travel delays and emergencies. Winter weather patterns have dramatically affected air, train, and road travel this year, and in order to be prepared, we researched the top packing tips for winter delays.
While we’d all love to be able to book a direct flight every single time, it’s not always an option or affordable.
If you remember the domino effect – bad weather in one area creates problems that ripple through the airline system – you’ll remember to check your connections and try to stay ahead of the weather.
Now, this could seem like a daunting task, but remember we said ‘everything you need’ goes in this bag, not necessarily everything you want. Don’t worry though with a little practice, you should be able to toss in some wanted items as well.
After all that, you should still have room for the necessary electronics, laptop/tablet, cell phone, e-reader, etc. and don’t forget the chargers!
You’ll want to be sure to have the phone numbers you need to avoid further delays when your travel is temporarily halted.
If you had hotel reservations at your destination, you’ll want to call the hotel and let them know you won’t be coming due to a weather delay. Be nice on the phone and they may let you off the hook and give you a refund if you had non-refundable reservations.
If you’re traveling with someone else, put one days’ worth of clothing into the other person’s bag and vice versa. If one of the bags is lost, you’ll still be comfortable in your own clothes and you’ll have your carry-on with your toiletries, etc. If both bags are lost, then we hope you remembered to buy baggage insurance.
Travel insurance coverage for travel delays reimburses you for additional meals, accommodations, and other expenses when a trip’s departure is delayed for a covered reason. That last part is important because the reason for the delay must be covered in the plan. Also, most travel insurance plans define a per-day maximum and a minimum number of hours the insured must be delayed before they can be reimbursed.
See our full review of travel delay coverage to better understand how it works.
The following items may not be useful for everyone, but there are a bunch of reasons we like to consider them when we’re traveling:
Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and is a licensed agent for travel insurance (MA 1883287). He believes travel insurance should be easier to understand, and started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.