Smart, Sane Holiday Travel
Traveling can be a nerve-wracking experience, but during the holidays when millions of people are on the go at the same time, taking a trip is even more hectic. Staying sane when you’re battling traffic, waiting in a never-ending security line at the airport, or dealing with a delayed flight or train can really feel like a struggle.
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To keep yourself sane this year, try one of these tips for making holiday travel less of a headache. That way, you can arrive at your destination a little bit more refreshed—and ready for fun.
1. Dress Comfortably
Unless you’re going straight to a cocktail party, skip the formal attire when you’re traveling. Skip the jeans too, and wear sweatpants or yoga pants instead. Yes, you may look a little sloppy but who really cares? Comfort is key when you’re feeling cramped or squished. And don’t forget to bring something to keep you warm if you’re flying—planes get chilly.
2. Pack Light
Many of us tend to overestimate what we really need when we’re traveling, and so we often over-pack “just in case” we might need something. Try this trick to keep your load light: After putting your items in your suitcase or duffel bag, try to eliminate at least four things. Chances are you don’t need three books or four pairs of jeans or every hair styling tool you own. A lighter suitcase will make your traveling easier.
3. Don’t Forget Your Zen
Whether it’s a mantra you can say when you start getting frustrated, a reminder to take a deep breath, or your trusty lavender essential oil, make sure you have a zen contingency plan that you can turn to when you begin to feel overwhelmed while traveling. This way, you’ll keep calm and won’t lose your cool.
4. Have Something to Watch or Listen to
Save your binge-watching for your long flight or research some interesting podcasts that you can use on your road trip. Having something interesting to watch or listen to as you make your journey will help make the time pass just a bit quicker.
5. Bring Healthful Snacks
Gas stations and airport terminals are not known for their nourishing food offerings. Eating fast food or packaged junk will only make you feel tired and rundown. So, pack bottled water (or an empty bottle you can fill at the airport when you’re past security) as well as some protein-filled, sugar-free goodies that will fill you up without making you crash.
6. Budget Enough Time
Don’t pile on more stress by leaving too late. Be sure to plan out your trek in advance, budgeting time for things like finding parking, dropping the rental car off, making pit stops, checking bags and so on. This way, you’ll be able to have the peace of mind that you’ve done everything you can to ensure a smooth trip.