Keep your Cool! Holiday Travel Tips

Nov 10, 2017

holiday travel tips

Because we're such a mobile society, with American families moving an average of every five years, this means that we most likely don't live close to most, some, or even any, of our relatives. This means necessary travel. With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, airports will be jammed, lines will be long, and tempers will be short. But with these tips, you can actually (gasp) enjoy the holidays with your family with as little stress as possible. (Hint: BREATHE!)

1. Make a list of what you need to take. Since the holidays are a gift-giving season, making a list of what gifts you need to take, in addition to any cold-weather (or warm-weather, depending on where you're going) clothes and accessories.

2. DON'T wrap any gifts. The TSA won't appreciate it, nor will you when you find out they've been unwrapped during a random suitcase security search. Wait till you reach your destination before busting out the wrapping paper and bows.

3. Plan for your family to be hungry, grumpy, thirsty, or tired. By this, we mean pack snacks, pick up drinks at the airport, and make sure to pack neck pillows and other comfort-making items.

4. This is our most obvious, but also most important, tip. GET TO THE AIRPORT EARLY. If you usually give yourself an hour before your flight's scheduled to take off, give yourself two during the holidays. Not only will this reduce the stress from possibly missing your flight, the extra time lets you go to the bathroom, have a snack, and just generally relax before your flight. Very important.

5. Book your travel plans as early as possible to get cheaper deals and more flexible schedules. Pick non-stop flights if you can, especially if you're traveling with children. Early morning ones are less often delayed than later ones. Avoid traveling on the busiest dates -- the day before Thanksgiving and the two days before and after Christmas and New Year’s. Flying on the actual holidays is best, since the crowds will be much smaller than usual holiday crowds.

6. Breathe, meditate, or have a couple of drink on the flight. This will relax you and will help you tune out any distraction.

What are your travel tips for stress-less travel? Let us know in the comments!

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