The Holidays are quickly approaching and that means many of us, along with millions of others will be traveling. Whether you’re traveling by car or airplane, we have compiled some tips to make your holiday travels joyful and stress-free.
No matter where you are going it’s a good idea to check the weather ahead of time so you know what to pack and what to expect during your travels. Rain and snow can sometimes mean flight delays as well as heavier traffic on the roads.
If you’re traveling with kids keeping them busy and entertained can help avoid meltdowns. Bring along books, crayons, coloring pages, toys, tablets, etc. Don’t forget to pack entertainment for yourself as well to make the time pass quicker and in case there are any travel delays. A pack of cards is always a great idea, as well as some music, and a good book.
Prefer to drive? While getting to your destination as quickly as possible may sound like a good idea, it’s actually better for your stress levels and safer to make frequent, short stops. Walk around, stretch your legs, take in the scenery and enjoy the ride.
Things get so hectic with the holidays and travel we often forget to take care of ourselves. Drinking plenty of fluids and staying hydrated will make you feel good, have more energy, and help avoid a post-holiday slump. When flying staying hydrated is especially important due to the dry cabin air. Just make sure to purchase your beverage after the security checkpoint.
Bring along plenty of healthy snacks like nuts, protein bars, fruit, pretzels, popcorn, etc. This too will help keep you feeling good, keep your mood elevated, and will also help avoid the little ones from getting “hangry” and having meltdowns.
Fish, hamsters, dogs, cats – whatever pet you have at home make sure to make either travel or pet-sitting arrangements well in advance. Check with your airline, car rental and hotel in regards to their pet policies. If staying with family make sure they are aware you are bringing a pet. Pet “hotels” tend to book way in advance so don’t wait until last minute.
Easier said than though, but packing light means you can probably get away with just a carry on and not have to check-in luggage. This means you won’t have to wait in lines when arriving or leaving the airport. If you’re driving packing light will help avoid a crazy game of Tetris trying to fit all your bags in the car.
Whether driving or flying, it’s better to avoid having to carry any extra “stuff.” If you plan of buying gifts try to have them delivered directly to your destination, or the person receiving the gift. You can also opt to buy gifts once you have arrived. When in doubt, a good ol’ gift card will always do the trick; they take up almost no space at all and the receiver will be able to buy whatever they please.
If you are driving, Gas Buddy is an excellent app to search for gas and gas prices by city, state, or zip code. You can also search by gas type (regular, premium, etc.) and it will even help calculate the cost of your trip.
For those who prefer to fly, GateGuru will keep you ahead of the game by providing detailed information regarding your trip such as your itinerary, airport information, weather, and rental car information and will even tell you the wait times at security checkpoints and alert you of flight delays or gate changes.
Before you travel make sure to take down contact information for your airline, car rental, hotel, etc. in case you need to reach them for any reason. Also have the contact information but your back-up choices and for friends or family who may be able to help you should a need arise. Because electronics do fail, (and often times when we need them most) it’s probably a good idea to write this information in a notebook or piece of paper and keep it with you at all times.
You never want to leave at the absolute last moment or worse yet late. This is guaranteed stress! Allow for ample time in case anything unforeseen pops up. Remember, you are traveling at the same time as millions of other people. As the saying goes, “hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”
When you’re traveling by car the most crucial step is to make sure you have right insurance coverage to protect yourself and your loved ones. Contact us today for a review of your auto insurance policy or to add additional coverage to your existing policy.