Travel is on many folks’ minds now that the holidays are afoot. With all the preparations for holiday gatherings and gift buying, getting ready for a trip is yet one more source of stress, but it doesn’t have to be; a little preparation will go a long way. Here are a few tips to help make your holiday travels more fun and less stressful.
Whether you’re going to Mom and Dad’s, to a resort to get away from it all, or to your favorite aunt’s house for the holidays, be sure to call ahead to see what they have there so you don’t have to pack it. Bulky items like hair dryers and irons can take up valuable packing space and easily put you over the 50 pound limit most airlines have. No need to pack such items if they’re going to be at your final destination.
Write a packing list. Just start writing down things as you think of them in the week or so before your trip on one list or in your phone/tablet. This can be a lifesaver when you’re packing your bag in the final hours before your flight and your time is limited. Forgetting to pack a phone charger or computer cord can put a real damper on your trip.
Pack your important medications in your carry on. Nothing is worse than arriving at your destination and not having the medications you need. Depending on when and where you’re traveling, you may not be able to get a hold of your doctor to get the medications you need.
Don’t wrap your gifts before you travel. Going through security or customs may require that you unwrap your handiwork anyway. If you’re particularly partial to the wrapping paper you bought, bring it along and wrap your gifts once you arrive.
If you’re traveling with others, split your clothes up between the pieces of luggage. This way, if one bag doesn’t arrive at your destination, you’ll still have some clothes. And be sure to bring some extra plastic bags. These are always good to have for toiletries that happen to burst open or for your dirty laundry.
If your luggage had been stored in a musty area, throw some scented fabric softeners into your bag. This is a good thing to do once you return home too. Be sure to store smaller bags inside of bigger bags to save on space. If you don’t have a clean, dry space to store your luggage, perhaps it’s time to look into a climate controlled unit at The Lock Up Self Storage near you.
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