Travelling during the holidays can be an absolute nightmare! Sometimes your flight gets canceled and sometimes everything goes wrong! Often these things are out of our control, but there are some ways to help reduce the stress of traveling. In fact, last year I wrote a post on the most efficient way to get through TSA. However, today I want to tackle the topic of surviving holiday travels!
Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol
I know that coffee or alcohol can be extremely tempting, especially if you’re going abroad for the holidays. However, there are a few reasons why you shouldn’t drink them on a flight. When surviving holiday travels, you should keep in mind that flying makes you more dehydrated in general. So, make sure you drink plenty of water. Furthermore, if you’re going to have alcohol, make sure you make up for it with water!
Coffee also promotes dehydration, but I’ve seen conflicting reports about this. Additionally, I’ve seen reports of the water not being completely clean. So, I would beware of drinking coffee on your holiday travels. If you want to be on the safer side, I say skip the coffee or at least drink coffee before your flight.
Plan For Extra Time
When trying to survive traveling for the holidays, it’s important to plan extra time. I cannot express this enough. If you’re like me, your free time is mostly when everyone else in the country gets free time. So, this means everyone else is traveling too. I’ve read that traveling on the actual holiday helps. However, you should definitely plan for extra time.
Holiday travels can be incredibly predictable. I would advise setting apart more than the normal two hours. Sure, it’s a bit annoying to be super early to a flight, but I say be on the safe side. The last thing you want to do is be stuck in TSA lines.
One time when I was traveling, I ended up with TSA pre-check. I’m not sure how, but it was on my ticket and I took advantage of it. It was the best thing ever! TSA pre-check lines are incredibly short. I would highly recommend if you’re a frequent traveler!
Pack Gifts Wisely
Now, gifts can be a bit of a problem. After studying abroad, I had a suitcase filled with gifts for my family for the holidays. I ended up having to buy an extra suitcase just to accommodate this. So, I say that if you have a ton of gifts and hardly any room? Consider shipping them? I think it will make your holiday travels a lot easier. Additionally, this goes back to planning. Make sure you plan ahead so that your gifts will arrive in time. Along with this, any fragile gifts should probably be carried with you in your carry-on.
Question of the day: What are some of your tips for surviving holiday travels?
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