How to make your holiday travel go smoothly

The things you need to pack and do for smooth sailing holiday travel.

Holiday travel – just the thought of it can make many people shudder at the visions of long check-in lines, flight delays and cancellations, and feeling less than fresh after long-haul travel. Here, we’ve listed some things you can do and what you need to pack to make your holiday travel go smoothly.

Plan ahead

Some of you may have recently seen the Thanksgiving traffic departing some of America’s biggest cities. If you haven’t seen this footage, many of the highways were gridlocked for as far as the eye could see. Thanksgiving isn’t the only holiday where traffic floods the highways.

As the holiday season fast approaches, the roads, airports, and public transportation systems get very busy. Make sure you plan ahead and leave home a little earlier than you think you need to. After all, you would rather have more time free at the airport for a coffee than be sprinting to your departure gate.

Stay calm

The holidays can be a stressful time of year. Between the pressure of gifts, organizing family gatherings, and travelling to meet everyone, it can be easy to let the stress of the season get to you. Recognise a few simple things that keep your stress at bay and find a way to incorporate these into your travel days. This could include something as simple as a 5-minute breathing exercise, reading a book on your flight or journey, or doing a few of your favorite stretches.

Stay comfortable

Make moving around on your travel days easier by wearing a comfortable outfit. Think loose fitting and soft clothing like jogger pants and a sweater, or boyfriend fit jeans and a soft t-shirt. These comfortable looks wouldn’t be finished without a cosy scarf that can double as a blanket or pillow when you’re travelling.

Freshen up

One of the most difficult parts of long-haul travel is wanting to feel as fresh at your destination as when you left your hometown. Thankfully, there are companies that have long-haul travellers in mind with TSA approved travel kits. These kits include all the essentials a man or woman may need in their travels including deodorant, toothpaste, a toothbrush, travel-size shampoo and conditioner, and cleansing wipes.

Keep your baby clean and fresh

If you’re travelling with a baby, you probably have enough packed for them in your luggage without worrying how to pack all their toiletry and bath time needs into your bags as well. For long-haul travel with a baby, try packing a baby’s travel kit with all the gentle and soothing toiletries they need. With a selection of baby powder, shampoo, lotion, a bath toy, brush and comb set, rattle, and a zippered travel bag, you’ll have everything you need to keep you baby fresh throughout long-haul travel.

Following the steps above will help you plan ahead and make your holiday travels go smoothly. Got any other tips that help you with making your holiday travels go smoothly? Please let us know in the comments below!