Tips to Make Holiday Travel Easier

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The holidays are upon us which means the dreaded holiday travel is here too. We don't travel often to Maryland but when we do, we try to stay as long as possible to justify the long drive. It typically takes us around 8-10 hours depending on traffic, potty breaks, and Shaka. Thankfully, we've got holiday travelling down to a science. To help with your own holiday travels, I've put together my top tips to make it a little more bearable whether you're flying or driving this week. 

1. Hydrate

I cannot express how important it is to hydrate while travelling! Anytime I travel, I suffer from a bloated face and breakouts. It's awful! Thankfully, I can reduce the chances of this happening by hydrating as much as possible while travelling. By having a handy water bottle on hand, like a S'well bottle, you can stay hydrated and healthy while you travel. 

2. Plan Ahead

One thing I love doing is making lists. If you're the same way, use it to your advantage this holiday season! Go ahead and plan outfits that you'd like to wear while away, important items, and TV shows that you'd like to watch while travelling. I like to make my list days in advance so that as things arise, I can jot them down on my list so nothing is forgotten. Thankfully we have 24/7 stores but I hate the idea of being somewhere and forgetting something! 

3. Pack Your Tote with the Essentials

Although we're driving, I still abide by the rule of packing a small bag with the essentials to have with me. This is just a small bag full of items that I can easily keep in my tote bag for easy access. 

I like to keep the following items with me: 

  • iPhone chargers! 
  • Headphones (I prefer my noise cancelling headphones)
  • iPad/tablet 
  • A good book or audiobook
  • Snacks 
  • Lip balm 
  • Water bottle
  • Hand cream
  • Facial wipes 
  • Scarf
  • Socks

Pro tip: Make sure to download TV shows, movies, podcasts, and audiobooks before leaving home. Netflix and Amazon Prime both offer downloadable shows and movies which are a lifesaver! It's an easy way to binge watch a season or two while travelling. A few audiobooks that I've loved and are on my list are: 

  • The Selection Series 
  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  • In the Midst of Winter 

4. Snacks

Let's talk about snacks for a minute here. I'm a big fan, no matter what kind of travelling I do, of packing snacks. Since we're driving this year and for the sake of saving on drive time, I like to make a large pasta dish the day we leave. I'll typically do this a couple of hours before leaving and throw in all the vegetables in our fridge so nothing goes bad while we're gone. Since we'll have P's brother with us in the car this year, we'll have more than enough food for everyone. By making a large dinner, this helps saves us from unnecessary breaks and we can arrive in Maryland sooner. 

Other snacks that I love to bring are snack bento boxes. I'll typically throw in some carrots, celery sticks, sliced apples, cheese sticks, hard boiled eggs, and individual peanut butter containers for us to enjoy. I try to stay away from sugary snacks and instead fuel us with healthy snacks that'll keep us sharp and awake for the journey. 

5. Invest in a Travel Organizer

Nothing is worse, or more embarrassing, when you're in line for TSA and can't find your boarding pass, passport, or ID. After all my years of travelling the world, the one thing I can't recommend enough is a travel organizer. There are so many cute options (here, here, here) these days! You can keep everything in one convenient location so there's no holding up the line. 

Pro tip: Take advantage of downloading your boarding pass on your iPhone for even easier access when in line at the airport. 

6. Give Yourself EXTRA Time

We've all been there. You think you've got more than enough time to get to the airport, check-in, and meander over to your gate. 

Girl, you are so wrong. 

I've been there, we've all been there, hustling through the airport because traffic was awful, the check-in line was ridiculous, and TSA was just a mess. 

Give yourself ample time this holiday season by arriving at least an hour before your flight is set to depart. Holidays are the busiest travel days of the year so help yourself out by arriving early. Just think, the earlier you arrive, the quicker you can get a pre-flight cocktail or glass of wine!

7. Take in Some Self-Care

Travelling can be stressful on the body and the mind. If you're driving, try taking frequent breaks so that you can stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Same for if you're flying, and try to sneak in a nap or two. Make sure to allot yourself some down time while visiting with family and friends. Whether that's a mid-day nap or an extra-long shower (thanks parents!), take some time for you so you can actually relax. 

What are some of your tricks and tips for staying sane while travelling for the holidays? I'd love to hear them in the comments! We'll be heading for Maryland on Tuesday and I plan on utilizing all of these tips to keep myself, and P, sane during the journey.