Help! What Should I Pack for My Trip to Wisconsin Dells?

Heading off for a vacation in Wisconsin Dells? The hardest part about planning your trip may just be deciding what to pack; after all, with so many activities, events and attractions to choose from, you’ll need a vacation wardrobe that’s just as versatile as the Dells!

But don’t worry, ladies – whether you’re embarking on a family getaway with all the kids in tow or just slipping away for a romantic weekend with that special someone, this handy packing guide will help you be prepared – and look fierce – no matter which exciting destinations you visit.

The Wet Stuff

First of all, let’s talk swimwear. There’s a reason why Wisconsin Dells is known as the Waterpark Capital of the World; with more than 20 indoor and outdoor theme parks to choose from – including America’s largest waterpark — you won’t want to forget your bathing suit! And, because nothing feels quite as “eeewww”-inducing as slipping on yesterday’s still-damp suit, pack a spare so you’ll always have a dry option.

Other essentials for a fun day spent enjoying the water slides and wave pools include:

  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • A “neck safe,” or a small, sealable, waterproof container on a necklace that holds your wallet and car keys
  • A strap for your sunglasses
  • A beach towel
  • A book or magazine for a relaxing read while the kids frolic in the water

Back to Nature

No trip to Wisconsin Dells would be complete without experiencing the natural beauty of the region. From canoeing, kayaking, fishing and swimming on the Wisconsin River and Lake Delton to golfing, ziplining and hiking, visitors can take their pick of outdoor activities.

During the warmer months, don’t forget to pack outdoor essentials including:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sturdy hiking or walking shoes
  • Golf shoes and clubs
  • Lightweight clothes you can layer on or off
  • Sunglasses
  • Protective hat
  • Back pack or fanny pack to carry small essentials

Don’t miss that fall color; if you’re visiting while the leaves are turning, be sure to pack your camera and warm layers — like vests or light jackets — for those crisp autumn mornings and evenings.

In the winter, outdoor enthusiasts won’t want to forget their warm outerwear, including hat, gloves, scarves and boots for snowy days. Bring your skis or snowboard and spend a day on the slopes at nearby Cascade Mountain or Christmas Mountain Village.

Dinner for Two – or More

If an intimate dinner is on the agenda, be sure to pack at least one elegant outfit. The Dells is packed full of couples-friendly restaurants, from swanky supper clubs with river views to sophisticated steak houses, so you’ll have your choice of romantic venues.

But don’t worry – if blue jeans are more your style or you’ve got the kids along, there dozens of restaurants, cafes, bistros, and grills where a nice pair of jeans, a cute top and a pair of boots fit right in.

A Night on the Town

Throw that little black dress in your suitcase and get ready to experience the nightlife! Wisconsin Dells is packed full of nightclubs, bars and lounges where you can dance the night away or just sit back with a cocktail and enjoy some people watching. From live music venues to karaoke bowling to DJ’d dance floors, be sure and pack your dancing shoes and one or two of your hottest outfits.

Oh No! I Forgot My…

It’s inevitable. No matter how carefully you plan your trip, it seems like you always forget at least one thing. Never fear: Whether you need a new swimsuit or a warm coat, you’ll find it at the Dells’ many shops. In fact, the town is packed full of boutiques, art galleries and eclectic locally-owned markets and shops, not to mention the Tanger Outlet Mall. In fact, you may want to bring an empty suitcase and plan on spending a day shopping – so be sure to pack a pair of comfy shoes and an outfit that’s easy to change in and out of for your shopaholic adventure!