By Ashley

It’s that time of year again… the holiday travel season is now upon us. Here are some helpful tips to help make your travel experience less of a headache.

 

We all know that traveling can be a huge headache whether your hitting the road, or flying through the friendly skies. The holiday season is no different. Actually, this time of year can be the most stressful time to travel. There are several things you can do to prevent yourself from having an epic meltdown.

 

  1. Plan Ahead: If you are driving to your destination, make sure that you map out alternate routes just in case you run into heavy traffic. Also, make sure you have the proper supplies handy like flashlights, batteries and a first-aid kit in case you have an emergency. If you are flying, make sure that you are checking your flight information ahead of time and that you are checking any airline restrictions on luggage. If you have to take multiple flights, make sure that you leave enough time in between flights to account for any delays that you may experience.
  2. Get The App: Stay connected with the latest travel apps such as GateGuru, GasBuddy, Roomer, AutoSlash, RideWays, and AccuWeather, just to name a few. You can also download your airline’s app or follow them or your airport on social media to check for delays and cancellations.
  3. Book Early or Late Flights: If you are going to fly, sometimes it is best to book your flight early in the morning or late at night to avoid long lines. If you book early in the morning, you have better chances of your flight being on time or if it gets cancelled for any reason, you will still have a good chance of being able to book another flight for the same day.
  4. Pack Light: If you are flying, try to avoid checking a bag altogether if you can. Most airlines have a strict 50lb limit on luggage and usually charge additional bag fees if you check more than one bag. Taking gifts? Try shipping them to your destination ahead of time or buy gift cards for your loved ones instead. If you can’t avoid checking your luggage, make sure that you pack an extra change of clothes, travel sized toiletries, and any medication you may need in your carry-on, just in case your luggage gets lost, or ends up on a different flight.
  5. Charge Your Devices: There is nothing worse than being stranded in an airport or car with a dead cellphone or any electronic device. Make sure that your batteries are fully charged before heading to the airport or traveling in the car. Sure there are outlets in the airport, but it can be extremely difficult to gain access to one if there are crowds of people at your gate. If you are driving, be sure to have your car charger handy, with extra connector cords, in case one stops working.
  6. Pack Snacks- This is a must if you are traveling by car. Stopping at fast food restaurants during a road trip can be costly. Be sure to pack plenty of non-perishable foods and drinks. If you are flying, it is still wise to pack a few snacks to avoid buying expensive airport food. You will not be able to pass security with any liquid drinks, but you can pack an empty plastic water bottle and refill it at a water fountain after you get through security.

 

Whatever your travel plans are, be sure to stay ahead of the game by being prepared. Trust me, it will save a lot of irritation and possibly money in the long run. As always, be safe and enjoy this holiday season with your family and friends.

 

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