The holidays are stressful enough without something going wrong. This is especially true if you plan to travel this holiday season. While there is no way to prevent many things that can happen when traveling during the holidays, such as the weather, taking some extra steps to prevent them can be a very wise choice. Here are some tips on how to avoid holiday travel mishaps before they happen.
Give yourself plenty of time. Even if you are a travel pro, the holidays mean more congestion on the roads, unpredictable weather and crowded airports. Make sure you give yourself more than enough time to arrive at your destination if traveling by car and enough time to make your way through airport security and get your bags checked when the airport is at capacity. You should plan for an extra hour either way.
Be smart with your money. One issue that can arrive from traveling in busy airports is that your wallet is lost or stolen. Don’t keep all of your money or cards in one location. Instead, keep your major cards and cash in one area and a smaller amount with you in your purse or pocket. If this wallet or your purse is stolen, you are not completely without any funds. Also, keep important numbers like your credit card number in a place you can get to that is separate from your wallet. In the event that you lose your wallet, you have the numbers handy to call and put them on hold right away and report them stolen or lost.
Set alarms. One issue that a lot of people worry about is missing their flight. One way to prevent this is to set several different alarms set just a minute or two apart from each other so that you can’t sleep in. Keep these alarms in a place that you have to physically get up to turn off. You are less likely to hit the snooze. If you are staying in a hotel, ask the front desk to do a courtesy wake-up call as well about 10 minutes after you set your own alarms.
Prevent baggage troubles. Almost all airlines charge baggage fees, some even for carry-ons, these days. Avoid paying more than necessary by shipping any gifts you intend to give to your final destination. To avoid losing your bag or having it taken by mistake, make it very recognizable. The easiest way to do this is to buy a crazy printed bag, but you can also do this by having very bright luggage tags or even by tying a brightly colored piece of fabric to the handle. Also, be sure to snap a quick photo of your bags in case you need to show staff what it looks like. Additionally, make sure all of your luggage tags have updated info on them and place that info inside your bag as well in case the tags come off.
Carry a car kit. If you are traveling by car, make sure you have an emergency car kit and roadside assistance. Some things to bring with you include roadside flares, an extra cell phone that is fully charged, extra blankets and warm clothes for everyone and some kitty litter for gaining traction on the road in case you get stuck.
What are some ways you avoid holiday travel mishaps? Let me know in the comments!