Travelling soon? Wherever you decide to go, if you’re going during the holiday season, you need to know that hundreds and thousands in the world are, too. But don’t let the terrible drivers, invasive security scanners, and long lines at the airport get you down. Here are some tips to survive the holiday travel season without a meltdown.
Pack a medical kit. No one likes to get sick while before, during, or while in the trip, so make an effort to pack a standard medical kit. Yours should include cold and flu tablets, anti-diarrheal medications, anti-allergy cream/pills, bandages, antiseptics, etc.
Research is your best friend.Get away from the traffic by planning alternate trips. If there is a scenic drive that are longer, but have less traffic, take it! You can break up a long drive by searching for a few places to stop that will get everyone with you more excited than a truck rest stop. If you’re flying, make sure to check the airline’s fees ahead of time for check bags and restrictions on carry-on luggage.
Quick tip:Pack ample snacks and drinks, so you and your family can fuel up while on the road trip. If you’re flying, definitely grab some food before you board the plane.”
Pack light.If you can avoid checking bags altogether, then better.It will save you from waiting for your luggage on the conveyor belt, and you won’t have to worry about any presents getting lost. If you really need to, ensure that you have all the important medications and documents as well as a change of clothes in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost.
Avoid getting hangry. Hangry is a state of being angry because of hunger. When your stomach growls, you won’t be able to think straight, and you could get lost in the wrong line, take the wrong turn, get road rage, or worse, upset an innocent serving crew or flight attendant. As stated in the tip above, always bring snacks and drinks.
Give gift cards or ship gifts. We suggest shipping wrapped gifts or wait until reaching your destination to wrap them, since most airport security have to unwrap the gift to inspect it. You can ship them ahead of time or simply bring a gift that can’t go wrong: gift cards to a recipient’s favorite store or even an Amazon card.
Quick tip: Flight statistics show that planes that travel earlier in the day have a better on-time performance Therefore, the best time to hit the road is when everyone is asleep – early morning or late at night.
Plan for the unexpected.Think ahead and plan accordingly. Try leaving extra time before flights to deal with the travel time, extra time between connections, and if you’re taking the road, pack tire chains for snowy conditions, hazard cones, flashlights, and of course, cold and flu tablets if you contract an unexpected virus.
Above all, be kind despite the cancelled flights, about the luggage that fell off in the hallway, or car that stalled in front of you. All of it can make great stories over dinner when you finally get to your destination. Enjoy the holidays!