Best Practices for Holiday Travel
The holidays are a time of so much joy, giving, family and…STRESS! One of the greatest heartaches associated with the holiday season is TRAVELING! Most people plan their travel plans weeks, if not, months in advance. So, why is it that so many people find themselves not prepared when it comes to the day to leave for their trip?! Unfortunately, there are many factors that can go wrong with holiday travel and most of them are out of our control. However, there are a few “best practices” than can alleviate some potential headaches. I realize that many of these items are common sense. However, it never hurts to give yourself a reminder.
When Traveling By Plane
-Make a photo copy of your license and keep it with you either in you in a carry-on bag. If you ever lose your wallet during travel…having this copy may be the only way that you can get a ticket back home!
-Carry-on your most valuable items if they are small enough. Let’s face it. Airlines lose luggage. It happens every day. Clothes are much easier to replace than your Grandmother’s necklace.
-It you use an app to check into your flight, take a screen shot of your boarding pass. When everyone at the airport is trying to access their boarding pass on their app at the same time, it slows the system down. And, heaven forbid…the INTERNET goes down. If you have a photo saved on your phone…you will sail through the line with no worries. And, of course, it never hurts to have a paper copy as backup to your backup!
-Pack snacks. Whether you are traveling by yourself or with a family, you can avoid spending a fortune on airport food when flights are delayed if you already have snacks with you. Or, even worse, if your plane is parked on the runway…you may not have any options besides what you have with you.
When Traveling By Car
-Have your car serviced at least 2 weeks before your trip if possible. Have you ever realized the day before a road trip that you are past-due for an oil change. Well, if it is the day before a holiday weekend, chances are that you are not alone. The question becomes not how quickly you can get an oil change. But, can you even get it in to be serviced before you need to leave town. By planning ahead you will beat the rush.
-Pack snacks. Again…extra food and drinks always make everyone more comfortable. However, if you are ever trapped in terrible traffic or stranded for some reason, it will be life saver.
-Keep a roadside kit or emergency “box” in your car. This should have everything from first aid items, back up cell phone batteries, cash to flashlights and blankets. Hopefully, if you are prepared for an emergency, it will never happen. However, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
-Keep checking your GPS. You may know the drive home like the back of your hand. However, you may not realize until it is too late that you are about to drive into a 2 hour delay due to traffic. If you stay on top of potential delays, you can re-route yourself on back roads as soon as possible. It’s never a good time to look for an alternative route when you are already stopped in traffic.
I always get excited about holiday travel and getting to visit family. However, it is too easy to get busy with day-to-day things and run out of time to prepare in advance. This is not a complete list by any means. But, hopefully, it gets your brain thinking on the right path. So, enjoy this holiday season with your family and friends. I wish you all safe travels!