The most wonderful time of the year has arrived; the holiday season! Large companies close, kids get a break from school, and we get to enjoy some rest and relaxation with our loved ones. With this, many people choose to travel, whether for a nice vacation in the sun or to visit their families and friends. Unfortunately, thousands of people are also travelling right along with you, so here are a few tips to ensure a safe and fun holiday season.
Always Leave Extra Time: Between traffic, long lines, bathroom breaks and bumps in the road, it’s always nice to have some extra time to spare. Rather than running to your gate or rushing through your road trip, plan to leave at least an hour early. This will give you time to breathe and ensure that you are not stressing as the time ticks away.
Pack Light: Airlines are getting increasingly particular and strict on their baggage rules and fees. To make sure that you don’t have a hassle at the check-in counter, pack only what you know you need and will use. Those 10 pairs of pants for your three-day trip will not get used, and you will regret that you have no space in your suitcase for any travel shopping you did. Be realistic about the weather and your real travel necessities.
Find Entertainment: If you are travelling with kids, or heck, even for yourself, you will need to make sure you have a few things to keep busy. Whether you are flying, driving or taking a train, time tends to slow down and you find yourself bored much quicker. It’s important to pack a selection of fun things from tablets, books or music devices to ensure that you have a choice of how to keep yourself from going stir-crazy!
Carry-On Must-Haves: Many people forget the important elements of a carry-on and how to pack for a plane trip. When flying, there are a few essentials you should always have with you, in case of delayed flights or lost luggage. One change of clothes, a toothbrush, extra undergarments, snacks and any medications you may need are the top requirements for a properly packed hand luggage.
Make a List (and check it twice!): This may seem obvious, but it’s important to have a list with all of your travel plans, emergency numbers, and even passport numbers, just in case. If you are travelling far, it’s even a good thing to have the number for the Canadian Embassy in the area, for safety’s sake. If you are travelling with your tablet or cell phone, you can even take pictures of your ID (driver’s license and passport) in case of theft or damage. Being organized before any trip is a key to a relaxing and enjoyable vacation.
Best of luck with your holiday travel, and I hope these tips come in handy!