What Is Your Best Holiday Travel Tip?
Readers share favorite tricks and strategies to make traveling easier.
Always take notes when making travel plans over the telephone: whom you spoke with, what was said (promises, rates, etc.).
Should something go wrong, you will have the details in writing.
Bethlehem, New Hampshire
I order fresh flowers or fruit to be delivered to the home I’m visiting on the day I arrive. It's always a welcome hostess gift, and I don't have to carry it.
Pack your bags for your trip and then carry them around the block. It will inspire you to rethink what you packed and simplify.
The Woodlands, Texas
When I travel, I keep my jewelry in a small fly-fishing box (with storage compartments) in my makeup bag. This keeps necklaces and earrings from getting tangled.
I store a cosmetics bag with travel-size versions of everything I use every day in my suitcase. When I take a trip, I never have to worry about leaving the essentials behind.
When packing for a trip where I'll be on the go a lot, I put together as many outfits as I need (including underwear and socks). I then place each outfit in a plastic grocery bag and put it in my suitcase. While on holiday, I take out a bag each morning and my outfit is ready to go―no fussing about what to wear or digging to the bottom of the bag to find something. At the end of the day, I turn the bag inside out and put the worn clothes in so I know which outfits are dirty.
More Good Ideas
Be sure to get plenty of sleep during the holidays, especially in the days prior to traveling. It’s stressful packing up the
family, battling the parking at the airport, and dealing with other travelers, and sleep is one way to keep your immune system
healthy so you can thoroughly enjoy the holidays.
Traveling with toddlers is easier if you don't have to rely on restaurants for three meals a day. When possible, book a room with a fridge, a microwave, and a coffeemaker, then stock the fridge with breakfast and lunch basics.
During hectic holiday travel, I make it a point to smile at my fellow travelers and help them with luggage and doors or dropped items. I also thank and extend a sincere "Happy Holidays" to the service workers who are away from their families and festivities while they help me get to where I want to be.
Susan van Allen