Travel Checklist for Winter Campus Tours

It goes without saying that it’s important to know the weather forecast before you set out on the road to visit college, but you should also prep your car, update your mobile apps, and pack a smile or two.

Packing for a winter college visit road trip?

Winter roadTravel safe, plan ahead and anticipate the unexpected.

It goes without saying that it’s important to know the weather forecast before you set out on the road to visit college, but you should also prep your car, update your mobile apps, and pack a smile or two.

Your car

Having recently helped dig a car out of the snow, having a shovel on hand just makes since. Keep one in your trunk. For more tips on prepping for winter road trips, see:

Your apps

It’s a safe bet that no matter where you’re traveling, “there’s an app for that.” For transportation information, search your phone’s brand of app store for transportation apps. Many states, including Virginia and Iowa have “511” apps that provide traffic updates and other critical information. Search apps stores (iTunes and Google Play) for the 511 app for the area where you’ll be traveling.  Even better, follow the department of transportation on Twitter and follow that thread as you travel (but not while you’re driving!). 

As always, make sure you have the phone number, Twitter id, and web site address for all the schools you will visit. If you know bad weather is in the forecast, check with the school to see if campus visit programs have been cancelled or rescheduled. 

Your attitude

It’s easy to get frustrated when things don’t go as planned. Pack a smile and a lot of patience. Here’s one parent’s pespective on a winter campus visit to Syracuse University: Making the most of Climate Change on College Tours.

Been there, done that? What do you recommend for traveling to visit colleges in winter?

Z. Kelly Queijo

Author: Z. Kelly Queijo

Kelly is founder of Smart College Visit and Smart College Consulting. When she's not creating content for the blog or clients, tweeting, or hosting #CampusChat, she's planning her next mobile move.

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