Shorter days, cooler weather, and fun festivities are a sure indicator that the holidays are coming up soon. It’s a time of the year when friends and family members come together to celebrate each other’s company. It’s also a time of the year that requires some to travel to be with one another. Traveling for the holidays can be a bit of a headache; however, these few tips are sure to prepare you in advance.

Plan ahead

We all know those who procrastinate and are rushing to get things done at the last minute. Although, it may seem early at the time, try to start planning your time around the holidays with family and friends soon after Halloween. This will allow everyone who plans to attend the gathering to request time off with their employers, schedule specific dates, and plan their routes.

This is also a great time to consider those who might need assistance with their travels. As our elderly loved ones will like to be a part of the gathering, scheduling an alternative method for them to arrive safely would be a great way to plan in advance since they’ve likely experience driving retirement.

Auto Tune-up

As with any travel plans, you’ll want to ensure that you have made a checklist for your vehicle. If you’re going to be driving, be sure to run your car through the auto shop for a quick tune up. This will allow the mechanics to top off your vehicle’s fluids, check your breaks, and ensure that your vehicle is in a condition to withstand a road trip.

You will also want to ensure that your vehicle is clean. If you’re packing gifts, luggage, and even some friends and family members you will want a clean space for everyone to enjoy. Too much clutter and trash could be a distraction and it’s off-putting.

Travel with caution

Whether you’re flying by plane, train, or automobile, remember to keep calm. Traveling around the holidays means a lot of others will be doing the same. Be sure to remain calm and understand that others are going through the same experience. According to, car accidents can happen to even the safest of drivers. Remain cautious with safety as your main priority.

Personal checklist

Be sure to also compile a personal checklist before the day of your departure. Despite your method of transportation this year, be sure to include a list similar to the following:

  • Plane ticket / Train Ticket
  • Fill up on fuel
  • Phone
  • Phone charger / backup charger
  • Pack weather appropriate attire
  • Gifts
  • Wallet, debit / credit card, license / ID
  • Keys
  • Arrangements for pets

Creating a list for yourself before your departure date can save you from forgetting your plane ticket after arriving at the airport or attempting to get in touch with your loved ones upon arrival. A personal checklist will alleviate any last-minute stresses, allowing you to enjoy the ride to your destination. Be sure to utilize these helpful holiday travel hacks along with any others that you’ve found to be essential in your plans this year.

Published by Joseph Nicholls