The holidays are a special time of year to spend with friends and loved ones. Since many people take time off to visit family & friends, the holidays are one of the busiest times of the year to travel. It’s also one of the most taxing times to travel, with people reporting it was as stressful as MOVING!
Take the stress out of travelling during this season by following a few simple tips to help you reduce the stress of flying or driving.
If you’re flying:
- Do your research – whether planning in advance or getting a last minute deal, it helps to do your research. Choose flexible dates to help you pinpoint the best deal. Consider flying into an alternate airport nearby that may not be as busy.
- Plan carefully – flying in winter may increase the chances of flight delays due to inclement weather. If you have layovers, avoid narrow layover times to reduce chance of missing connecting flights.
- Pack light – Most airlines are now charging to check bags. Save money by packing lighter or sending items to your destination rather than bringing them on the plane. If you are bringing gifts, don’t wrap them – customs nightmare!!
- Leave early, whether you’re flying or driving – give yourself buffer time to deal with traffic jams, parking, and security at airport.
- Stay up to date on flight changes – download your airline’s app to get alerts about gate changes and flight delays.
If you’re driving:
- Get your car ready – Take your car in for a tune-up and address any potential issues beforehand.
- Plan your route ahead of time – Whether driving a few days or a few hours, it helps to know the route you’re taking. If it’s a long trip, plan where you want to stop at nights, and make reservations at a nearby hotel along your route so you can ensure you have a warm place to sleep!
- Keep roadside assistance information on hand – if you have this information available, you can act quickly in the event of car problems.
- Store a cell phone charger in the car – keep a charger handy in glove compartment to keep your phone charged in case of an emergency.
- Pack a winter safety kit – ensure it includes an ice scraper, small snow shovel, jumper cables, tow rope, blanket, flashlights, first aid kit, and a small portable radio.
Stay Healthy while you travel
Holiday season coincides with cold & flu season. Travelling in close quarters, like on a plane or car, may increase your chances of getting sick during the holidays. Here are a few tips to stay healthy during your travels:
- Stay hydrated – bring a water bottle or purchase water bottles along your journey. If flying, increase your normal water intake, as pressurized cabins on planes tend to dry the eyes and nasal passages.
- Bring your own blanket & pillow for the plane ride. While some airlines offer this, having your own will reduce the number of germs you’re exposed to.
- Bring healthy snacks for your travels so you’re not stuck with airport cuisine and additional germs.
- Move around to avoid blood clots – Especially if you’re flying overseas. Get up and walk around the cabin or each rest stop. Wear compression socks if possible. While seated, tap your feet or do seated calf raises to improve blood circulation.
Don’t let the stress of travelling dim your holiday spirit; follow these tips above and you’ll arrive at your destination happy, healthy and ready to celebrate with your loved ones. Enjoy your travels and Happy Holidays!!