The holiday season is a time to spend with your family and enjoy some time off. But these positive things can get lost in the stress of traveling to your holiday destination.
I’m here to provide five holiday air travel tips so you can be less stressed and not kill your family in the process.
1) Plan ahead. The worst thing you can do is not thoroughly plan for your holiday travels. If you’re flying, make sure you know what time your flights are slated to take off so you have ample time to get to the airport and get to your connecting gate. Also, make sure if you need transportation from the airport, whether it be a rental car or family picking you up, you have this arranged before you get to the airport. This is one of the busiest seasons for travel and so many things could go not according to plan. Be ready.
2) Bring Dramamine. Ok, some of you may not have a queasy stomach, but with the weather beginning to get worse, turbulence is very likely. I made the mistake of not bringing Dramamine one flight in the winter and was miserable the entire flight. Also, unless you want to be knocked out for the whole flight (which some people may actually like) I would suggest taking the less-drowsy version.
3) Pack efficiently. Most airlines charge for each piece of baggage now, but they also add an extra charge if over a certain weight. So in order to make sure you’re not over packing, which I am infamous for in my family, stick to a certain color palette (blacks or browns) when planning your wardrobe. That way, everything matches and you don’t kick yourself for bringing too much or not packing black shoes when you should have packed your brown ones. Also, when packing your carry-on, remember there is limited space beneath the seat in front of you and in the overhead compartment. Don’t bring more than you need and don’t bring what you’re not allowed. Visit the TSA website to know what is and isn’t acceptable to bring.
4) Dress for security. Lines are ridiculous when going through security at airports and they have a tendency to back up when people have to take off their shoes and belts and chunky jewelry and coats. If you don’t need to wear a particular accessory while traveling, don’t. Keep it simple. I like to dress nice while traveling, but I stick to basics: dark jeans, slip on shoes, nice sweater.
5) Don’t sweat the small stuff. While traveling there is bound to be delays, crying babies, too chatty flight companions and cranky family members. Remember what is important, you’re going to spend time with your family! Don’t allow the inevitable create a situation you may regret in the long-run. I’ve gotten into unfortunate tiffs with family members while on vacation because of travel situations out of my hands. You’ll always be happier if you let the nonsense roll off your back and allow the craziness of holiday travels draw you closer with your family. Don’t forget the reason for the season!
Do you have any additional holiday travel tips?