Tips on Stress-Free Holiday Travel

The holiday season is in full swing. Chances are you are running around trying to make it to all of the holiday parties and dinners while also trying to finish your holiday shopping and finalize your holiday travel plans. It may be a toss-up on which is more stressful, holiday shopping or holiday travel. While we can’t help you with your shopping list, we can lend a hand in making your holiday travel a little bit less stressful. Here are a few tips on stress-free holiday travel for 2015.

Flying for the holidays:

  • First, be sure you have your passport ready. If you will be flying internationally, you should allow 2 months for a normal passport and at least 3 weeks for an expedited passport.
  • Be flexible with your travel dates. Try not to lock yourself into one day for travel. Depending on where you live and where you will be traveling to, you may run into bad weather which can cause delays. Try to take an extra day off from work to give yourself a little extra time to make it to your destination.
  • Apply for the TSA Pre-Check status so you can avoid lengthy security lines at the airport. This is especially important if you don’t have the flexibility for your travel dates.
  • Get familiar with your airlines baggage rules so there are no unexpected surprises when you get to the airport. Check for weight limits, size limits, or extra charges.
  • Put a tag or colorful ribbon on your suitcase if you are checking it so you can quickly find it at baggage claim.
  • Save the most money by booking your flight on a Saturday or Sunday, not on a Tuesday or Wednesday. A new study shows that the Tuesday and Wednesday booking trick is no longer the best way to save money. Also book your flight roughly 49 days before your trip.
  • Avoid traveling on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, this is the worst travel day of the year! The second worst day is Christmas Eve. Surprisingly enough, the cheapest days to fly tend to be on the holidays themselves.

Traveling with children:

  • If you are driving with children, be sure to stop roughly every 2-3 hours so they get a chance to get out of the car and move around. Your stop can last about 10 minutes, enough to grab a snack or use the restroom.
  • Another tip for families who are driving is to pack more than you need. Bring along things to keep the kids entertained whether it be a tablet, portable DVD player, or a handheld gaming system, along with the chargers. These items can help make the drive much more bearable for you and your children.
  • Pack snacks! Whether you are driving or flying, packing snacks is a great idea. A tired and hungry little one is typically not a good combination when traveling. Being prepared will help you avoid this stressful moment.
  • Inform the people you are going to visit if you or your child has a food allergy to avoid any accidents.
  • Bring hand sanitizer or wipes with you during your travel to keep germs at bay and to clean up any messes from snacks or drinks spilling.
  • Bring your child’s comfort toy or blanket in case they get nervous, tired, or cranky. This can help them feel like they have a piece of home with them.

Being prepared is the biggest piece of advice for anyone traveling during the holidays. Whether it means being prepared with the proper travel documents, a travel plan, or packing a few extra goodies to keep the kids happy. These tips should help keep your holiday travel stress-free this year, so you can enjoy time spent with family and less time spent in lines or traffic.

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