While traveling during the holidays can be daunting, it can also be an activity worthy of celebration. Holiday travel makes it possible to gather with friends and family (and ditch work) in the name of rich food and holiday fun. However, it can also open the door to major headaches and stress (think: overcrowded airports, an overabundance of germs, forgotten packages, long lines and disgruntled travelers). So, start this season of travel off right by planning way ahead.
Here at Glitter Guide, most of our team is located throughout the U.S., which makes travel inevitable. As a result, we have come to rely on cleverly designed baggage and totes—plus a few time-honored tricks—to allow us to navigate our itineraries with ease. We’ve “packed” today’s post with our top five stress-free holiday air travel tips and tricks and a couple of our favorite multifunctional, multitasking bags from Lo & Sons!
1. Plan and pack ahead.
There’s nothing like packing for a trip at the last minute—let alone a holiday trip. Make a list and check it twice, and be sure to do one for each member of your family, as well. Do your best to pack your bags at least two days before you depart to save your sanity and to ensure that you have all the items you’ll need/want for your holiday festivities. Planning ahead and being organized will guarantee you’re set to jet and save you from the last minute throw-everything-you-own-in-the-suitcase “packing style.”
2. Organize your bags.
Keep your stuff organized in different bags. We love to have one for the kids, one for ourselves, one for gifts, etc. We are smitten with The Seville bag from Lo & Sons, because it allows us to “switch bags” without actually having to change bags! The inner shell of this clever laptop tote can be detached from the exterior shell so that you can lift your perfectly organized contents out in one move to be placed in a different shell or a suitcase. The Seville is perfectly sized to house your laptop, legal-sized docs and all of the miscellaneous gear an on-the-go working gal could ever need! One more tip here? Clear baggies are a great way to store (and quickly identify) small items like children’s socks, hats, headbands and snacks.
3. Avoid checking your luggage.
Whenever possible, we recommend doing your holiday travel with only carry-on luggage. The Catalina bag from Lo & Sons is a stylish tote that is also the ideal size for a carry-on. We love this bag for all of our winter travel because of the compartment along the bottom, which can be stuffed with things like cold weather boots and shoes. You will be amazed by how much you can pack into this tote, and we are partial to the fact that the chic finish balances out that über utilitarian functionality.
4. Wrap the gifts at your destination.
If you are checking your bag, don’t risk having TSA open your perfectly wrapped presents. Slide a roll of wrapping paper into the side of your suitcase so that you can wrap them once you’ve arrived at your destination.
5. Get a ride to the airport.
Ask a family member or a friend to drive you to the airport. Or consider hiring a driver—there’s nothing like the convenience of being dropped off at the door when you’re traveling with a ton of stuff. Don’t forget that this holiday travel season comes with full parking lots, too, so you can skip the stress of having to find parking miles away from your gate by enlisting the help of others.