If you should be so lucky to avoid the hassle and absolute nightmare holiday travel can be – consider yourself extremely fortunate. There’s no doubt… traveling around the holidays is stressful. It’s anxiety-inducing, chaotic and downright awful at times.
With a large amount of people maneuvering in and out of airports, it can be hard to imagine getting through holiday travel with peace of mind. However, we’ve picked up some tips and tricks for surviving holiday travel and we want to share them with you today! Here are ten tips to survive holiday travel.
1. Stranded at the airport with nowhere to go? Crank up some lighthearted holiday music to keep your thoughts light and your mind at ease. It’s amazing how simple, holiday songs can bring back a childlike nostalgia and warm, fuzzy feelings. Ignore the chaos existing outside of your headphones!
2. Holiday travel can be expensive and many booking engines have trackers. To avoid a hike in price, clear your cache and history or use Google Incognito.
3. Save money on pricey in-flight drinks, bring an in-flight Cocktail Kit! There are tons of fun ones to purchase online. Our favorites? We love this mix for an Old Fashioned, this Gin & Tonic kit, this spicy cocktail kit for Bloody Mary’s! (P.S. these make great gifts for travelers!)
4. Book a red eye or an extremely early flight to avoid crowds and long lines. Trust me. It’s worth it. No use in getting bogged down by lines at the security gate! And you’re less likely to have a delay or cancelled flight early in the morning. Do not take your chances during the holidays!
5. Have a portable phone charger on hand such as a Mophie or a small, USB connected charger so you’re not sitting on airport floors or wrestling over an outlet.
6. Try as best as you can to avoid checking your bag. Carry-ons are the way to go. Especially if you have tons of gifts… ship ’em instead! There’s nothing worse than losing your luggage right before the holidays commence.
7. If you must check your bag, consider purchasing a Trakdot device or a GPS Connected Smart Travel Lock and pack it in your suitcase. The GPS technology detects the location of your luggage if lost or stolen… giving you peace of mind!
8. Pack snacks in your carry on bag to avoid getting hangry. Some of my favorites are Trader Joe’s trail mix, a fresh apple with Justin’s peanut butter and dried fruit. Make healthy choices while in transition home. You already know you’ll be eating good – choose light options beforehand. Your immune system will thank you.
9. Don’t forget your Vitamin B and Cs! They are essential to reducing stress. And again, they give a nice boost to your immune system. Perfect for long flights where lots of germs can be exchanged.
10. And lastly, tons of patience and optimism go a long way. Remember – even the nastiest people you encounter on your holiday travels want the same thing – to get home safe and sound. Show your flight crew respect and thankfulness. They’ll the lifesavers of holiday travels!