Helpful tips so you can jingle all the way to your final travel destination!

When the holidays come, everyone loves the whole “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” concept – the lovely, dreamy thought of being home with loved ones to celebrate. Or that tearjerker Folger commercial where the college student comes home – you know the one.

But then you get to the actual traveling part, and in reality, it’s more like that scene in Home Alone where the whole family oversleeps and then it’s a mad rush to get out the door and to the airport, just barely making it on the plane – oh yeah, and they leave one of their kids behind.

Take a deep breath. Yes, the holidays tend to be a time of long lines, frantic fellow passengers, and traffic, but keep your cool, you savvy traveler, you. Here are a few tips to get you ready to travel for the holidays – and get to your destination much faster.

For All Travelers:
  •  Dress comfortably. A top, cardigan, jacket, skinny jeans, and flats are my go-to outfit for travel (ideas below):
  • Pack wisely. Here are some great packing tips to have a full wardrobe without overdoing it: onetwothree.
  • It’s worth it to give yourself extra time. It will likely take longer than you think it will.
For the Jet Setters:
  • Don’t make the trip any harder than it has to be. I can’t tell you how many people I saw at the airport in high-heeled boots the last time I flew. Painful, and you have to get them on and off going through security. Jewelry usually has to be removed – I like to bring mine in my carry-on and put it on after I’ve gotten through security. Make sure everything is out of your pockets.
  • Most airlines offer the option of you checking in ahead of time. Take them up on it, and avoid the line! Don’t forget to either print out your boarding pass, or have it sent to your phone. You can actually have them scan your phone now to let you in on the flight.
  • On that note, pack a carry-on bag and pack smart!! Don’t put yourself through the hassle of going through the line to check your bag, or having your bag get lost in the shuffle. Pack a smart personal bag. “Smart” includes the biggest one possible (so as to fit your laptop, camera, and purse), and one that contains your license, passport if needed, phone, headphones, charger, and your bag of liquids – they will make you take it out.
Me and my favorite personal bag for travel
  • Don’t forget to keep all your liquids in a plastic sandwich-sized Ziploc bag. Here are the prohibited items and details on liquids.
  • Mail your gifts ahead of time! Save the space in your bag.
For Those Behind the Wheel:
  • Be well-rested before the trip. Please don’t drive tired. Tag team it if you have to. Have caffeine, but don’t depend on it to get you through.
  • Don’t text and drive! Just don’t do it. It’s not worth it. And if talking on the phone distracts you more than not, don’t call either. Sorry to be a mom about this, but people drive so much crazier over the holidays. It’s best for you to be alert.
  • Early in the morning (I mean like 5am) or late at night (past the after-work crowd) tends to work best to avoid traffic.
  • Bring snacks ahead of time so you don’t have to visit busy and expensive rest stops.
  • Pack your car so you have easy access to the things you need. Think about it ahead of time! Don’t leave your cooler of drinks or your GPS buried in the trunk.
  • Have the essentials with you, just in case. Keep a car emergency kit handy (Allstate’s list is pretty thorough), and make sure you have an ice scraper.
For more travel tips, visit my post on travel tips!
Have a safe trip and enjoy your time with family and friends this holiday season!

JenniferSchultz

Most people like to attend parties. Jenn likes to plan them. She also loves God, her hubby, photography, baseball, cupcakes, and everything that's a good, vibrant shade of pink. Lives in and loves Virginia.

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