Monday, October 27, 2014

5 Tips to Make Holiday Travel Less of a Headache

Ramblings of Mama: 5 Tips to Make Holiday Travel Less of a Headache and Enter to WIN a trip!This post brought to you by Atlantic Luggage. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Ramblings of Mama.

Holiday travel. Everyone does it. Everyone really hates it. Or is that just me?

Believe it or not, I love traveling to see my family over the holidays. Being that we now live clear across the country, we cannot just pick up and throw a few things in our car and head out for a long weekend. It takes planning. It takes preparation. And most definitely, it takes patience.

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Despite the fact that most people are jovial throughout the holidays, traveling seems to bring out the worst in people. Today, I want to share 5 tips with you in order to make holiday travel less of a headache. Remember, planning, preparation and patience.

1. Travel Light. Bring only what you'll need.
Pack for the number of days you're traveling. Consider mix and match clothing styles to help you pack less clothing. These airlines are no joke when it comes to over-limit weights on your luggage. PLAN! Check the weather! You don't need to bring multiple seasons of clothing unless you're traveling Unless you're going someplace extremely rural, you can pick up something if you need to. Parents:  this means buy diapers, formula and things of that sort at your destination. I know you've stocked up at home, have TONS, and it's never as cheap as buying it at home, on sale and with coupons... But seriously, why waste the precious cargo space?

2. If you're traveling for Christmas or Hanukkah, ship gifts in advance to your destination.
Why pack gifts in your luggage? It truly makes no sense. If you have something of high value, I can understand packing this in your luggage, but if you know well in advance, you can have it shipped ahead to your destination by the store that you purchased it from. Kids toys are notorious for eating space. All you need to pack for the kids is enough to keep them entertained while traveling. Otherwise, the rest can be shipped.

3. Plan for bored children. Prepare entertainment and busy bags/boxes EARLY.
Kids get bored while traveling. Not only that, they can tell when their parents are stressed and start acting out for attention during stressful situations. The thing is, you don't want to be throwing some random things together at the last minute (the night before) and have to spend $8 on a package of 8 crayons at the airport because you forgot to pack a few. There's TONS of ideas for busy bags and travel kits on Pinterest, go put those together! Also, if you can travel at non-peak hours, where planes are a little less congested, that makes it easier on everyone. Your kids might sleep on the plane, and there's less of a chance that Mr. "I'm going to give you THE LOOK" is on your flight.

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5. Be patient.
There's always going to be someone a little more rushed than you, a little more stressed than you, a little more anxious than you. And there's always that travel jerk. Just don't let them bother you. They can give nasty looks or passive-aggressive snide comments, but that does NOT mean you have to engage. Just smile, and a cheerful "Happy Holidays" is all you can do. You can't change other people's behaviors, you can only change how you respond to such negativity. After all, you're traveling with your family, who wants to remember that argument with the jerk on their airplane, potentially making future travel for your children more stressful, in the event they fear something like that happening again? Do your best to give yourself extra time and be patient. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you have a happy trip and some fun quality time with your friends and family.



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