The holidays are a stressful time for everyone, whether you’re hosting family, visiting friends or even trying to create the perfect meal. But, if you’re doing some travel over Thanksgiving, the stress and planning can be overwhelming. The holidays are supposed to be fun, so don’t spend them freaking out! Today, Kaleigh Glaza, is sharing easy tips and useful tricks to help you survive your Thanksgiving travels in style this year.
Prep, Prep, Prep.
For the planners out there, this is a no-brainer, but for those who get overwhelmed with travel plans, we can help! If you’re flying, fly direct and early in the day when possible. Connections cost time, and missed connections cost lots of time. This is also why you should fly early in the day, as there tends to be fewer delays, cancellations and lines. Make the most of your travel time.
Also, plan ahead for your travel dates. The day before Thanksgiving is the single busiest travel day of the year, closely followed only by the Sunday after Thanksgiving. So, if you can, fly on Monday or Tuesday or even Thanksgiving morning to avoid the dreaded Wednesday travel rush. Then, head home right away on Friday morning, or extend your trip to Monday to avoid the weekend crowds.
Dress Like a Comfort Professional.
We’ve all seen the photos of celebrities heading in and out of the airport like they’re on a high-fashion runway. You don’t have to get super fancy for travel, though. It’s more important to dress for comfort and ease than in the latest trends.
For starters, leave the jewelry at home or pack it, and remove your piercings if you can. Wear clothing that won’t hold you up in the security line, like slip-on shoes, belts with plastic buckles instead of metal, open sweaters or jackets without extra buttons. Simple clothing means you won’t have to do too much searching while you’re in line.
No matter how tech-savvy you are, it pays to download the apps! Most airlines have their own apps, which let you check in online, see your flight status and more. If you use the GateGuru app, you can go even further and can get the skinny on the airport of your choice, including maps showing your gates and restaurant information so you can make sure you get the snacks you want!
However, you can also use apps beforehand to check the weather of your destination to make sure you’re packing correctly, and make reservations in advance on apps like OpenTable. The more prepared you are before you walk out the door, the easier your whole trip will be.
Prepare for Delays.
This seems like an obvious or simple one, but it will count. No one wants to miss a flight and end up spending hours in the airport waiting for the next flight home. So, leave early for the airport, and get your group prepared to be as efficient in line as possible. If you need the extra time to wait in long lines, you’ll have it. However, if you somehow speed through the line, or run into a delayed flight, have snacks and books prepared to make the time pass quickly. Also, bring extra chargers with long cords, or external chargers to make sure your laptop and phone don’t run out of battery while you wait.
Another thing that will make waiting easier, and travel easier in general, is to be comfortable. Aside from clothes that will get you through security quickly, you also need ones that will keep you cozy on the plane and in colder airport terminals. Bring a lighter sweater, but then add a thicker sweater scarf on top (it can also double as a blanket on the plane). Also, wear your biggest shoes and thickest socks to save room in the suitcase and keep your toes cozy. If you have trouble sleeping on planes, you can also bring a pull-on knit hat or even a baseball cap to block your eyes from cabin lights.
Arrange a Welcome Wagon.
Book a cab before you get on the plane, or check Uber as soon as you get off the plane. It might take a while for cabs to get to you during busy times, so the farther out you can plan, the quicker you’ll get transportation.
Your hotel or Airbnb can help you out, too! Ask the front desk at the hotel to call you a cab, make a dinner reservation or organize a tour or day trip. Another option is to ask your Airbnb host to recommend a dinner spot close to your stay, so you can easily grab food once you reach your destination. Then settle in, and get ready for a restful and fun vacation!