Planes, trains, automobiles … until someone gets it together and finally invents a teleportation machine, we’ve all got to take some method of traditional transportation to get where we want to go. However you plan on traveling during the busy holiday season, we’ve got you covered with tips, tricks and essential products to help ease the stress of holiday travel.
Travel Essential #1: Luggage Tags
In 2013, airlines “mishandled” (a.k.a. lost) 21.8 million bags, according to the Wall Street Journal. Yikes. One of the simplest ways to keep your luggage out of another traveler’s hands is to customize it and put your contact information on every bag. A luggage tag is a chic way to accomplish this. Even if you plan on driving, it’s a simple way to quickly distinguish your bag from your family member’s lookalike.
Zazzle tip: If you’re not traveling, but you’re hosting out-of-town guests, a luggage tag makes a great stocking stuffer they can put to use right away. And with literally hundreds of designs, you can choose one that really reflects your guest’s personality.
Travel Essential #2: Blankets
There’s nothing worse than being cold on a flight. And according to a source interviewed for a March 2014 Huffington Post travel article, “Freshly washed blankets are only supplied to first flights of the day; after that, they’re just folded and reused.” Ick. Need we say more? Do yourself a favor and buy yourself a designated travel blanket that you keep near your designated travel tote and pillow. Even if you’re taking a road trip, you’ll need a blanket so you can stay warm and nap between driving shifts.
Travel Essential #3: Pillows
Please refer to Travel Essential #2. We can only assume the same goes for pillows.
Travel Essential #4: Travel Mug
If you’re driving to Grandma’s and heading out bright and early in the morning or late at night, caffeine will be a must. Keep it hot and easy to sip with a travel mug. If you’re flying, stash one in your carry-on or checked luggage so you instantly have a to-go cup throughout your travels.
Travel Essential #5 Carry-On Tote
There are certain things you know you’ll need while you’re en route. Tablet, books, magazines, hand sanitizer, your travel mug and blanket. If you’re traveling with a child, you’ll need some place to stash diapers, snacks and other “keep them from screaming” must-haves. Make sure you have a tote that’s small enough to fit underneath the seat in front of you, ideally with a zipper so everything doesn’t end up in the aisle during takeoff and landing.
Lastly, don’t forget to commemorate your holiday travels with postcards for your scrapbook, journal or memory box. Safe and merry travels, from our family to yours!