Holiday Travel Tips

It’s the time of year where my fiance and I travel, seemingly, nonstop. We go back to San Diego for Thanksgiving half the time and then usually head back for an extended Christmas/New Years trip. Then while we are there we usually road trip up to Ventura to see my mom for a few days and there are two birthdays in our group, we celebrate between Christmas and New Years. It’s pretty much a party every single day. It’s a lot of food, a lot of shuffling around and a whole lot of fun. I love getting to see friends and family and stay in pajamas all day. Even with all the love and joy these trips bring, I’d be lying if I said Grant and I weren’t a little exhausted by the end of them. Luckily, we’ve lived far enough away and done this holiday trek home enough to have picked up a few useful tricks that help these trips be as efficient and stress-free as possible.

Wrapping cling wrap around leaky lids

So simple and keeps potential shampoo messes to a minimum! I really hate opening up my dopp while traveling only to find oil and moisturizer all over everything, and MOISTURIZER IS EVEN HARDER TO GET OUT.

Minimalist packing

Speaking of minimum...keep that in mind while packing. You really don’t need all 5 pairs of heels. Be practical and bring what you really need.

Schedule and confirm itineraries before you get down there

Otherwise, you run the risk of not seeing important people, having your schedule taken over by someone else and what they want to do or even being bored. Know what you want to do and make plans with the people who are top priority beforehand, so there’s no debate over the agenda.

Pack as few gifts as possible

When traveling home for the holidays, all gifts for our family members that are purchased online go straight to my in-laws' house. My MIL usually stores it away in my fiance's childhood room, and when I get there, I wrap them up. This way, I don't weigh my luggage down with a bunch of presents and do-hickeys that run the risk of breaking while traveling.

Bring snacks for plane rides

I've traveled on the holidays when the airports were quiet and empty, and then sometimes it feels more like a cattle auction. Avoiding fatigue and long lines are doable with prepared snacks. I like to bring nuts and little cheese snacks for us in case we get hungry. That way we don’t have to wait in a super long line and avoid paying those airport premium prices.

Keep an emergency lost luggage pack in your carry on

When checking a bag, its good to keep a small kit of items like medicine, socks, underwear, a small Dopp kit with a toothbrush on hand and in your carry on for the offhand chance that the airport will lose your luggage. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen. Having a few of those necessary items at all times just helps you and your peace of mind.

Keep your important documents organized

Why make your heart sink when you go to reach into your pocket and can’t find your boarding pass. You hurridly pat yourself down and for 10 seconds the consequences for losing such a travel vital document flash before your eyes. Luckily, you put it in your other pocket, but if you had just been organized from the get-go, then you could avoid the miniature panic attack.

Bring a hobby

Whether its a book or some cross stick - bring it. For those moments where you need some downtime and maybe even a little mental escape from being around family constantly, you’ll be glad you have it.

Get a travel rewards card

And rack those points up!!!

Keep it has digital as possible

Download your books and movies, save your passport to your phone, take screenshots of your confirmation number and upload your brain to an iPad. Keep it all safe in one place, so you’re not continually shuffling through belongings and weighing yourself down more than a laptop.

Go with the flow

Just relax and have fun. Don’t get all hung up and strung out on the details and if you can't, get lots of wine.