Traveling this holiday season? So is everyone else. That’s why we’ve put together some easy holiday travel tips to help you survive the madness. Check out our list on how to survive holiday travel below:
Between work and family schedules, we realize that it isn’t always possible to be flexible with your holiday travel. But, if you’re able to avoid the busiest travel days, like the day before Thanksgiving, you’ll save yourself a giant headache. If you’re able to travel early on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day instead, you will avoid some of the traffic from the day before
Whether driving or flying, we suggest leaving early in the day to avoid traffic and long lines. If your flight is delayed or canceled, you will still have plenty of time to catch the next flight and make it to your holiday travel destination on time.
Wait to Wrap
TSA advises to wait to wrap gifts until you arrive at your travel destination in case they need to unwrap your present in order to inspect it. We recommend shipping your presents ahead of time if possible.
Opt for the Mobile Boarding Pass
Make sure you checkin as soon as you’re able and opt for the mobile boarding pass when it is an option. This will save you from having to wait to print your boarding pass at the airport and give you a few minutes back to spend with your family over the holidays.
Pass on the bag checkin process, ensure that the airlines don’t lose your luggage (or Christmas gifts) and skip waiting for your suitcase to come down the conveyer belt by avoiding checking a bag if at all possible.
Don’t Forget Headphones
Crying babies, the overly friendly lady sitting next to you, the guy who has had too many in-flight cocktails - escape them all by putting on your headphones and zone out of your stressful environment.
Don’t let hunger get to you! Pack snacks to keep you on top of your game and to avoid overspending at the airport.
Plan for the Unexpected
Make sure you plan ahead for unexpected circumstances. Arrive to the airport with plenty of time to pass through security and book extra time between your connections.
Delayed flight? Lost luggage? Take a second and breathe. Before you know it you will be spending the holidays with your friends and family and your travel experience will make for a great story!