With the number of people traveling for the holidays, it is important to take some safety precautions to ensure that everyone is comfortable and secure.
In light of that, here are some of the best tips from people who have experienced traveling during the holiday rush:
· Home Safety
The first thing that you need to keep safe is your home. Make sure that it will be safe during the entire time that you will be gone. Double check the locks on all your windows and doors. Unplug unnecessary appliances and check your faucets. Turn your security alarm on and put it in timer mode. Inform your neighbor that you will be gone and ask them if they can keep an eye on your home. Do not leave messages on your answering machine regarding the vacation.
· Pack Wisely
If you are going to be away for just a few days, try to pack as light as you can. As much as possible, just take a carry on bag to avoid having to pay for check in luggage. Do not bring items that are highly prohibited at the airport. If you are traveling by car, put all your luggage in the compartment in order to have more room inside of the car.
· Traveling by Plane
Before going to the airport make sure to call the airline and confirm your flight; this is important to make sure that you can be accommodated on the flight, or if there are any possibilities of a cancelled flight.
Leave at least 4 hours early if you are flying international and 3 hours for domestic flights. It is better to wait at the airport than to be left behind by the plane.
Secure all your documents and have them handy when you are in line at the airport security checkpoints.
· Traveling by Car
Have your vehicle checked by your mechanics a week before you leave. This is very important especially during the winter season. It would be a total disaster if you will be stranded on the road in the middle of nowhere because your car suddenly refused to budge.
· Managing your Gifts
Wrapped gifts are not allowed at the airport, so do not waste your efforts on wrapping your presents. It would be a good idea to just bring the items and then wrap them up when you reach your destination. Another good idea is to have them shipped to the destination.
· Traveling with Kids
Travelling with your kids can be tiresome, but with a few tips and a lot of patience a whole lot of inconveniences can be avoided. If you are bringing an infant, you need to make sure that all the baby essentials are in one bag. Do not forget to bring some toys and make sure that the baby formulas are always ready.
For older kids, try to keep them busy to avoid tantrums and frequent whining. Children have the tendency to get easily bored if they have to stay in one place for a long time, so try to keep them entertained.