Traveling can be stressful, especially if you are traveling during the holidays. The crowds are larger, the stress levels are higher, and everyone always seems to be in a hurry to get where they’re going. If you have any flexibility in your travel plans, the holiday season is the time to be adaptable. It’s always a good idea to find out what day the holiday falls, and then think about which day would maximize vacation time without using vacation days. Typically, these days are generally the most busy and expensive times since this is when everyone wants to travel. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the weekend before Christmas are well know for being the busiest and most expensive times to travel. So it’s best to avoid these days to avoid unnecessary stress.
As you prepare for you trip, consider packing in plastic. Keep your suitcases organized by separating clothing in clear zip-top bags and labeling them with names and contents, such as underwear or ties. This makes it easier to quickly find what you need, and you can store dirty clothing in them on the way back.
Another smart thing to keep in mind while traveling during the holidays is to stay hydrated. With so many people rushing around, it’s easy to get worn out and overheated. Most airports do not have problems with their climate control within the terminals—luckily they tend to have HVAC contractors like Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating on speed dial. Regardless, keeping hydrated while traveling will help keep you full and might even give you the extra will power to say no to the fast food stands. You should always carry a water bottle, and be sure to finish it before you pass through security. Then you can fill up again before the flight.
If you can avoid checking a bag, we highly recommend it. By packing only a carry-on bag, you can you arrive at the airport later and you can skip the frustrating luggage carousel at the arrival airport—not to mention, you’ll avoid the scary possibility of losing your luggage while traveling. Along those same lines, it’s always a good idea to purchase travel insurance for trips during the holiday season. Snow, blizzards, sleet, and ice can cancel a flight in minutes and make roads impassable within just a few hours. Travel insurance may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it can help you get your money back for a missed flight, cruise, or hotel stay. Trust us, peace of mind is priceless during holiday stress.
While the holidays can be very stressful, they can also be a lot of fun. That being said, we know it’s tempting to cram in as much holiday fun as you possibly can. But don’t wear yourself out. Schedule time for fun, be also schedule in some down time. The best thing to remember while traveling during the holidays is that things may go wrong, and when or if they do, just take a deep breathe and carry on.