Typically the holidays are spent with family, which usually involves traveling. No matter how far you’re going, we want to make sure you get there on time and safely. This holiday season no matter how you’re traveling, we have some tips to keep you safe and on time.
If you’re traveling by plane:
- Avoid peak travel dates- the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year. Try to book a flight on Thanksgiving or maybe even the Monday or Tuesday before.
- Pack light- avoid checking a bag if you can, this will ensure your bag doesn’t get lost and you will avoid having to wait for it after you land. Try to pack only what you need- Ladies we know this is hard to do.
- Ship gifts or give gift cards- TSA suggests to ship wrapped gifts because they might need to unwrap presents to inspect them.
- Leave early- during peak travel times, the security check-in will be packed and there will be long lines. Arrive early to make sure you allow yourself extra time if you can.
If you’re traveling by car:
- Avoid highways- when possible, use back roads to avoid traffic.
- Make sure your car is ready- you might want to schedule a checkup, just to make sure everything is working properly.
- Avoid unnecessary delays- plan your route ahead of time and travel with a GPS system just in case you hit traffic and use and alternate route.
- Bring your E-ZPass- this helps you to avoid having change for the tolls and the long lines.
- Snacks- pack plenty of snacks so that you can stop less frequently.
No matter how far you are traveling this holiday season or how long you’re going to be gone, make sure you have a friend or neighbor keep an eye on your house. You can even purchase a light timer so that you don’t have to keep your lights on 24/7 so that it will still appear that you are home. Also, avoid hiding your key under your doormat because that is the first place burglars often look. You may even want to be careful about broadcasting your travels online, as it may invite theft at home.
Even if we plan everything perfectly, things can go wrong. Don’t get stressed if you hit a snag in your plans. Breathe in and release, you will figure it out. Just think about what the holidays are about, being with family and being thankful. Enjoy your holidays spent with your friends and family. We hope you have a wonderful and safe time this holiday season