I’m traveling this week and thought it was appropriate to post some advice for anyone else who might be getting ready to travel this holiday season. Whether it’s flying, driving or even taking a bus, there are a few things you can do in order to make the trip less stressful and more enjoyable.
1.Check the Weather. Showing up to your destination and suffering through weather you didn’t plan for sucks. Make sure to check the weather daily a week before you leave so you can plan accordingly. You don’t want to pack for sunshine and get stuck with a cold front.
2.Pack light. Chances are you’ll buy things on your trip and instead of worrying where to to put them on the trip home, pack light. Look for clothes that you can wear for more than one occasion and items that are easy to mix and match. You won’t need a million pairs of socks or underwear either. Make plans to use a washer and dryer during your trip to save yourself from lugging home dirty laundry. It will make your trip much easier.
3.Layer, Layer, Layer. If you struggle to pack light then try layering on travel days. Wear bulkier items together like a sweatshirt and a jacket. If you get too warm while traveling you can take your coat off. It saves space in your bag and leaves room for more important things, like souvenirs. This is especially important when traveling by airplane because the temperature in the airplane can vary.
4.Pack the Essentials. You probably won’t read four books, need 6 different necklaces or wear 5 different pairs of shoes on your trip. Keep it simple and focus on what you need, not what you want to bring.
5.Skip the Travel Size. Travel size bottles suck. I use way more product than travel size bottles provide, especially if I’m gone for a few days. The best way to prep for travel is to buy the products once you’re there. Only pack things you will definitely need during your travel time like deodorant and maybe a toothbrush and toothpaste depending on whether you’re driving or have a layover for a day or two.
6.Have Extra Cash. You don’t want to run out of money on vacation so keep some extra available. Plan to bring an extra $300 at least in case something goes wrong. That’s more than enough to cover a hotel room for a night, food, etc.
How do you prepare for holiday traveling? Are you going anywhere this month? Let me know in the comments section below!