Holiday Travel

6 Essentials for Holiday Travel 

The holiday season is upon us, and not everyone will spend them at home. Close to fifty percent of Americans reported they would be traveling this holiday season. If you’re part of that half that will be going out of town this year, you may be wondering what’s essential for your packing list and what to leave at home – after all, you need to save room in your luggage for the presents you’ll be giving and receiving. Keep reading for all the essentials you’ll need in your suitcase to spend the holidays on the go.

Hydrating Items

The holidays fall in the middle of some cold winter weather, so hydrating products like lip salves and facial moisturizers will keep you looking great from leaving home until you deboard your flight. You can rest assured you’ll arrive in style if you keep your skin hydrated and drink plenty of water from your reusable water bottle. Hydrating is essential during travel, especially when the weather is inclement.

Light Layers

Light layering pieces are essential no matter when you’re traveling, especially for the holidays, as they take place during cold winters. An oversized scarf is a layer everyone needs as it keeps you warm through takeoff and touchdown and can double as a scarf whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile. Puffy jackets are bulky and may not be necessary where you’re headed; opt instead for a light-down jacket with a sweater underneath. Layering pieces in your luggage, like turtlenecks, cardigans, and undershirts, should all be stored in your carry-on or checked luggage.

Sensible Shoes & Socks

Shoes are notorious for taking up a tremendous amount of space in suitcases, so it’s best to take a pair of walking or athletic shoes and a pair of dressier shoes like flats or loafers. Make sure you have socks that will keep you warm if you’re traveling somewhere cold, and low cut no show socks to keep your feet warm but still look stylish with loafers. If you think you’ll be taking part in lots of outdoor adventures, a pair of hiking or snow boots to keep you safe and comfortable is a must. Nothing can put a damper on your day like being uncomfortable or fatigued from the wrong footwear choices, so it’s best to play it safe and sensible during holiday travel.

Rolling Luggage

While this is less about what you pack but what you pack it in, rolling luggage is critical for holiday travel. The busiest travel day of the year is the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Forget breezing through terminals and empty walkways, escalators, and aisles. Nothing lets you feel more at ease than rolling luggage. Opt for a piece with a hard shell to keep your items safe and test the wheels – the ones that move like butter are the best. Though rolling luggage is more expensive than traditional luggage, they keep your hands free from important things like a coffee or your smartphone, and you’ll have one less thing to stress over.

All the Electronics

With holiday travel, delays and extended layovers should be somewhat expected. While ensuring you bring a positive attitude on your trip is critical, having plenty of electronics and chargers to pass the time is key. From fully charged tablets and external battery packs for the kids to portable batteries and your laptop, you’ll be able to binge-watch your favorite shows if you get stuck waiting longer than expected. You’ll want to bring your standard device charges, and it’s worth investing in backups as these items are easily lost or left behind in hotels.

Road Snacks

Travel can bring unwanted side effects like jet lag, fatigue, and even catching viruses along the way. Keep your mood and immune system in tip-top shape by packing healthy snacks for the trip. Fresh-cut veggies, trail mixes, protein bars, and jerky are all much better for you than junk food, easily accessible in airports or gas stations. You’ll be glad you planned in this department and so will your travel companions.

Traveling for the holidays can be exhausting and overwhelming sometimes, but by planning, you’ll have a leg up on those who didn’t. Make sure you include the above items on your holiday packing list. Happy Trails!

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