Advice for Traveling During the Holidays

Traveling during the holidays is probably one of the best, but also the worst things to do. The benefit of seeing family, friends, and celebrating your holidays plants a beautiful glowing seed in your heart (usually), but the challenge is battling the holiday travel traffic. So we’ve come up with some helpful tips to make your trips a little easier!

  1. Preparedness is next to godliness. This goes without saying, but you need to be ready for your trip. That means you need to have all of those little things packed and ready to go — snacks, extra chargers, itinerary, etc. Remember to always stay up to date with current TSA rules, especially if you are leaving/entering the country. Keep your prescriptions in their original containers, and always make sure your liquids are in a clear, TSA-approved bottle.
  2. Dress for comfort, not style.If you’re making a long drive or taking a long flight, it’s best to dress for your own comfort, rather than lay it out as the next fashion icon of the country. You’re going to be doing a lot of sitting, and it’s going to be in tight, cramped spaces. So wear those comfy sweatpants and hoodie you’ve had since high school. You deserve even a small comfort in a high-stress environment. Additionally, take the weather into account wherever you’re traveling to ensure you stay warm.
  3. Mail gifts. If you’re traveling for a holiday that involves gifts, then it’s best to just ship them to your destination! It’s not worth shoving several unwrapped (because TSA has the right to unwrap and inspect anything) gifts into your carry on bag so the luggage people don’t lose anything; that’s just a stressor that can be avoided almost completely.
  4. Minimize the travel stress by downloading airline apps to get rid of all those paper boarding passes, and keep an eye on any updates for your flight or your gates. Should you be driving, take frequent breaks at cool sight-seeing spots along the route to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and take a moment to unclench your muscles.
  5. Book things early. There’s no real science behind how early or late you should book hotels or flights or a rental car, but having these things is probably better done sooner rather than later. Try to travel during the “low” traffic times, like early morning or late at night, when the chaos of the day has either died down or has yet to wake up.

Remember to keep your cool and carry anti-stress materials with you while you travel, and be safe! That’s our biggest tip: remain aware of your surroundings always, stay safe, and have fun!

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