Tips for Managing the Stress of Holiday Travel

Dec 8, 2023 | Parenting Advice

The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for long-distance travel. Flights are often overbooked and highways are overcrowded, which can add stress to the season.

To keep travel worries from ruining your holiday plans, reduce your stress by planning ahead. Use the following tips to help you stay in control during your trip.

Holiday Travel Tips: Flying

Do not delay purchasing tickets

Make your reservations well in advance to make sure you have many flight times, prices and seats to choose from.

Choose your ticket wisely

Travel on off-peak days and during early morning hours whenever possible. Airports tend to be less crowded during these times, which will make it easier to get another reservation if your flight is canceled.

Confirm flight and check-in online

Call or check online to confirm that your flight is still on time before leaving for the airport. Check in for your flight online, if possible, to avoid waiting in line at the airport.

Stay hydrated

Drink water frequently to avoid jet lag.

Pack wisely

Avoid checking luggage, but if you have to, keep prescriptions, glasses and other overnight basics in your carry-on bag in case your luggage gets lost. Keep in mind that most airlines charge fees for checking luggage.

Fight boredom

Pack activities to help pass the time, especially if traveling with children.

Holiday Travel Tips: Driving

Be prepared

Have a mechanic examine your vehicle before your trip. Also, be sure to pack emergency and first aid supplies in case your car breaks down.

Know your route

Plot out your route before leaving, and bring a map. Make sure your phone is fully charged if you plan on using smartphone maps or bring along a GPS.

Save time

Try to do most of your driving during non-rush hour times to avoid the bad traffic.     

Take a break

Rest every two hours and limit yourself to eight hours of driving each day. Stop at rest areas to walk around and stretch. Make more frequent stops if traveling with small children or pets.

Lay off the caffeine

Drink plenty of water and eat balanced meals. Drinking caffeine may make you crash a few hours later.

Wear safety belts at all times

When used correctly, they significantly reduce the number of serious traffic injuries and fatalities.

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