6 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Travel

The holiday season is right around the corner! Whether you’re taking a trip to grandma’s house, attending a winter wonderland wedding or finally taking that vacation you’ve been saving for, it’s time to start prepping. Luckily, I have a few tips to make that prep a little easier.

1. Plan Your Outfits

Spontaneity is great, but not when it comes to the limited space in your suitcase. So, plan your daily outfits, including the jewelry that matches. Jewelry is best stored for travel in an airtight container like a Ziploc baggy or a small Tupperware. Take it one step further and label the containers with which outfit the jewelry is meant for—that way, you’re guaranteed to have the right accessories for every wardrobe change. Throw in a cute, simple dress at the end to soothe your “just in case” mentality.

2. Create a Packing List

Whether you pack in advance or right before you leave, the possibility of forgetting a few essentials is always there. The best way to combat forgetting something important is to create a packing list. Include things you use every day and might forget to throw in your suitcase before you leave, such as a cell phone charger, medicine and your toothbrush.

3. Pack with Security in Mind

Although you don’t want to leave for your trip expecting the worst, it’s a good idea to be prepared. If you are flying, be sure all of your essentials, including a change of clothes, are in your carry-on bag. Also, when it comes to jewelry, like your wedding rings, consider two options to keep it secure. The first is to invest in a “travel” wedding set, so you can wear it on vacation and keep the real one with all of the sentimental value safe at home. The second option is to lock your rings securely in the hotel safe for the day when you’re doing certain activities. Remember that fingers shrink in the cold and your ring could come off easily when you’re playing in the snow, swimming, etc.

4. Leave Extra Time

Traveling can be stressful, so leave yourself a little extra time to get things done. Head to the airport 30 minutes earlier in case of traffic. Pack the car the night before you leave to help stay on schedule. It’s always better to have more time than you’ll need so you won’t feel rushed the whole journey.

5. Stay Hydrated

Even though you are having a great time, traveling can be taxing on your body since you’re straying from your typical routine. The best way to combat fatigue is to stay hydrated. Bring along an inexpensive refillable water bottle and vow to drink at least one full bottle every day. It’s amazing the difference a glass of water can make!

6. Be Flexible

Not everything will go as planned on your trip, no matter how hard you try. Be flexible with your plans, anticipate travel delays and don’t worry if things aren’t exactly as you imagined. Everything will turn out just fine, even if it’s little different than expected.


Do you have any travel tips for the holidays? Share them in the comments!

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