Tips for Travelling During the Holidays

December 7 / Posted by Christi Hintz

There are a lot of holiday travellers driving and flying in the fall and winter, and it can change travel conditions for frequent travellers who get caught in the crossfire. There may come a time when a travel assignment sends you into the fray of holiday travellers. Don’t fear though- there are a few ways to make travel easier during these heavy travel times. Here are just a few suggestions:

 

Avoid Busy Travel Days

 

There are a few days where travel becomes more difficult because so many people are trying to get somewhere at the same time. There are a few obvious ones- Christmas Eve and the day before Thanksgiving being two of them. But for a longer list of days you should try to avoid if you can, check out the top 10 worst travel days list created by USA Today.

 

Leave Earlier Than You Think

 

Most airlines recommend that you arrive 2 hours before your flight to accommodate checking your bags and getting through security. But during peak travel seasons, not only will the airport be more crowded, but the roads will be, too! Carefully consider when you should leave for the airport based on the day you leave, the time you leave, and of course how much time you can spare. When in doubt, leave earlier than you think you need to.

 

Don’t Skip the Longer Layovers

 

A long layover can be kind of a drag. But during the holiday season, you’ll want to consider choosing more lengthy layovers over hour long ones. Delays, busy airports, and stormy weather can all thwart your best efforts to make your connections, and if it’s a busy travel day, it could be even harder to find a new flight with a spare seat.

 

Bring Noise Cancelling Headphones

 

The airport and the airplane can be quite noisy during the holidays what with it being so crowded and populated by families and children. Bring a good pair of noise cancelling headphones and your favorite music or audiobooks to drown out the noise and make the travelling more pleasant.

 

If You’re Driving, Pack a Winter Safety Kit

 

The winter time doesn’t just bring holiday travellers, it also brings treacherous road conditions. Be prepared with a well stocked winter safety kit! You can purchase premade car safety kits at some retailers, or you can put together your own. Consumer Reports recommends a few items on their website here.

 

Know What to Expect

 

Know your route well and identify potential hazards such as mountain passes that might require tire chains. Keep an eye on weather reports before you travel and try to avoid travelling on days where weather warnings that affect travel are present. Prepare your car for any potential emergencies by getting it thoroughly checked before leaving, by packing water, food, blankets, coats, gloves, hats, and other winter gear, and by keeping your tank at least half full throughout your trip.

 

Hopefully a few of these tips will be helpful in easing your holiday-time travels! What do you do to get through sharing a plane (or the road) with holiday travellers? Leave your own tips in the comments below.

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