Holiday Travel Tips
The holiday season is in full swing and many of you are probably getting ready for your holiday travels now. We all know how hectic and chaotic travel can be this time of year so make sure you prepare before you leave. With so many things to pack it is easy to forget about the basics. So take the time to make a list before you start packing so you are not stuck trying to come up with a list of items the day you are leaving. This is one way to easily forget important items you may need while on your vacation.
If you are traveling with children there are many ideas out there to help keep you focused on your trip. If you are bringing a laptop then bringing along their favorite dvd’s can be helpful and can occupy their attention while you are driving or on a flight. At night if you are sharing a hotel room with your children packing a headset or earbuds will allow you to enjoy your favorite dvd too without disturbing the children while they sleep. Here are our top 5 travel tips to make sure your holiday trip goes smoothly.
Whether you are flying or driving to your final destination this simple principle will prove very important to you. If you are flying try to pack everything into your carry-on if at all possible. If you can live without something or better yet just buy it when you get there, leave it behind. For those holiday gifts you’ll be giving you can either have them shipped to your final destination or simply purchase gift cards.
Know Before you Go
Before you leave for your trip make sure you do your homework. Check the weather report for your destination so that you can pack the proper clothing. If you’re flying make sure you know your airline’s policies on luggage, meals, etc. You should also study up on the current TSA regulations on liquids and items prohibited by the TSA Make sure you are also aware of any travel documents you may need such as an up to date driver’s license or passport.
Be Flexible on Dates
If you can, don’t be locked into a particular travel date. Not only can you save money but you can make your trip much less stressful. Learn the busiest travel dates this holiday season and try to fly a day or two before or after. This is also a good policy for holiday road trips as well because no one wants to be stuck in a traffic jam with thousands of other drivers trying to get to their destinations at the same time as you.
Many airlines allow you to track your flight status for up to 24 hours in advance. This can be the difference between sitting in a crowded airport waiting room for a delayed flight or waiting in the comfort of your own home. For those of you driving keeping up to date on the weather can be vital. Know about the weather especially any potential storms before you travel so you can avoid getting stuck in a downpour or a snow storm.
When things don’t go according to plan on your trip, as they often don’t, don’t let it get to you. Keep a calm head and roll with the punches. The holidays are all about celebrating after all so make sure you don’t start yours out on a bad note. Remember that some things will always be out of your control and expect a few bumps in the road especially with young children who may become more hyper than usual from the excitement of leaving town for fun. Always remember to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.