There are lots of reasons to set out on a winter trip: Maybe you're heading for a ski resort, chasing elusive sightings of the aurora borealis, visiting relatives or saving money with off-season travel. But winter packs a few challenges for travelers, too, with the Virginia snowstorm that stranded drivers on the I-95 for almost 30 hours as a classic worst-case scenario come to life — not to mention the thousands of air travelers stranded by weather delays and staff shortages around the country.
Happily, most winter travel issues aren't quite that dire. But when snow, ice and cold temperatures set in, you should hope for the best but plan for the worst. Use these 40 tips and tricks from a wide variety of experts to make sure you're ready to thrive on your next winter adventure, whether you're traveling by road or air. I'll be pitching in a few suggestions of my own, based on more than 30 years living and adventuring in Alaska.