Holiday Travel Tips
Traveling for the holidays? Here are a few last-minute travel tips!
Pre-trip planning & packing…
Pack light to avoid checking bags if you can. This way you also won’t have the stress of losing your luggage and gifts! If you must pack more than you can carry on, be sure to have all medications, important documents, and a change of clothes in your carry-on bag.
Bringing gifts? Wrapped gifts are allowed, but not encouraged on airplanes. If something in the gift needs to be inspected, it may have to be opened and will slow down the security line for others.
Liquids, Gels & Aerosols for flying: If you are able pack light and bring everything in a carry-on bag, make sure you are following the liquids rules. (Click here for a list.)
Do some research of alternate transportation routes. If you are driving, see if there are scenic or ‘back’ roads you can take in the event of construction or unexpected heavy traffic. Also note what is along the route in the way of gas stations, grocery or convenience stores, and restaurants.
Figure out a timeline for when you need to be where. If you’re flying, add extra time for security and extra time for connections.
Be prepared for emergencies if traveling by car. Pack a first-aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, chains for snowy conditions, an extra blanket, snacks, and bottled water.
Stay connected with the latest travel apps before you leave home. If you are flying, try Flight Status, or GateGuru. Driving? You can find gas prices and bathroom cleanliness at GasBuddy or SitOrSquat.
Make sure to pack fuel for YOU! Pack healthy snacks like granola bars (look for lower sugar brands) sliced vegetables and fruits, and water.
On your trip…
Wash your hands! The last thing you want is to get sick on your trip, or as soon as you get home. Wash your hands with soap and clean, running water, and rub together for at least 20 seconds.
Be courteous to others if you are traveling and already fighting a cold. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. If you are out of tissues, cough or sneeze into your upper sleep or elbow.
- Waiting in line? Stand with feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent. Imagine that a string is pulling you up from the crown of your head. Feel your spine lift into a straight line, and let your shoulders relax downward and back. Soften your jaw muscles, relax your eyebrows, lower your chin and breathe deeply.
- Sitting in an airplane seat? Cross your left leg over your right, and place your right hand on the crossed knee. Gently turn your body to the left & look behind you. Repeat the other direction/leg.
- Stuck in traffic in your car? Raise your shoulders to your ears, hold, breathe, and then drop. Roll one shoulder, then the other, in circles both directions. Reach each arm straight across the body in line with your shoulders for an upper-back stretch.
Reflect. If you don’t have a magazine or book, take time to think about people and good elements in your life. Think about how much you appreciate each of them, and reminisce to yourself a funny or sweet moment. SMILE!
Once you get to your destination…
Go for a quick walk! If you were sitting for a long time, your back, legs, heart, and mind will thank you later.
Hydrate. Make sure that you go for water first (as much as you might be craving that glass of wine or beer, start with good ol H20!)
Have a fun time!
We hope that you have a wonderful, safe, and fun holiday season.