The arrival of the holiday season means a lot of travel opportunities for you and your family. While spending a relaxing time away from your monotonous routine may seem enticing, traveling during the peak season isn;t always the easiest to do. It can be incredibly crowded, expensive, and exhaustive, but we have a way for you!
If you are planning to visit someone close to the holidays, here are a few tips for you to travel safely and make the best of the journey!
1) Plan Thoroughly
First things first, learn about the place you are traveling to. Do proper research before leaving. Take note of the risky areas you must avoid. Reconfirm your booking with the hotel you will be staying at and ask them about the safest routes and transportation companies in the area. Also, make sure you don’t miss out on relevant information such as local customs and emergency numbers. Knowing what you’re going in to will help you plan your trip better.
2) Pack Smartly, Pack Light
Even if you are traveling with your family, it is always a good idea to pack light. Try to include only the necessary items in your list. Keep in mind the TSA rules while packing. Put your liquid and gel items into small containers and pack them in a single, Ziploc plastic bag. Do the same with your clothing. Divide them into categories such as shirts, trousers and such, to pack efficiently.
3) Pack An Emergency Travel Kit
Make sure to keep an emergency travel kit with you at all times. It should include everything, such as flashlights, fresh batteries, paper towels, drinking water, non-perishable snacks, warm clothes, basic hand tools, a small shovel, blankets, hats, and chargers from your phone. If you are traveling with an infant, pack extra necessities such as diapers and baby food.
4) Map Out The Route
Be very clear about how you are going to get to your destination. If you are traveling by car, memorize the route you will be taking. Also, check out alternative routes in case of emergency. If you are flying to another country, you can prearrange your transportation throughout your trip. Ask your hotel or host to do it for you. You can also use app-based ride-sharing services like Uber and transport apps like Citymapper for better navigation.
5) Winterize Your Car Before You Leave
The last thing you would want to experience during your trip is a car breakdown. So, why not prepare for it beforehand? Before you leave your house on icy roads, make sure to have your car checked by a mechanic. Ask him to check everything – the oil level, the tire pressure, the windshield wipers, the heater, the defrosters, and the breaks. Also, pack extra tools such as a spare tire or car jack or jumper cables for unexpected emergencies.
6) Keep In Touch With Your Friends During The Trip
Communication is key during the holiday season. Inform your family or friends about your itinerary, so that they know how to contact you. Make sure you provide them with the exact details of your accommodations, including contact numbers and addresses.
7) Travel Insurance
Before you set out on a travel journey, it could be helpful to have your trip covered. An insurance policy can come very handy in case you run into a problem during your trip. It will help cover emergency expenses for you, as well as provide you with peace of mind.
Some of these tips might seem unnecessary when traveling within the United States, which could be true. But, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re going out of the country, make sure you follow these tips and others to keep yourself safe.
All planning and rules aside, a journey is best traveled when traveled in peace. Make this your travel mantra, and you will find yourself making the best of your holiday trips!