Believe it or not, the holidays are less than two months away and flights will be sold out sooner than you think. Even if you are not flying, planning your trip in advance is still important unless you do not mind leaving during rush hour and sitting in traffic for hours. If you want to enjoy the holidays, avoiding procrastination is key. Check out the following five tips that will help you have a stress-free getaway.
Keep your schedule in mind
As obvious as that sounds, it is very important to check your work, class, sports and any other schedules you might have. That way, you have plenty of time to figure out when you would like to leave. Do not forget that most people leave on Wednesday for Thanksgiving and airports and highways always tend to be packed. Christmas time is different because not everyone leaves on the same day but having a plan is still a good idea.
Doing research could save you a lot of money. Students use different websites to look up flight prices and compare them. Some of the most popular ones include Kayak, Student Universe and Orbitz. If you do not find the price range you are looking for today, try different departure and arrival dates or wait an extra day and check the prices again. Sometimes flight prices change quickly.
Pack your documents first
Bringing your ID, driver’s license, international documents (in case you are going abroad), credit cards and whatever else you may need, is extremely important. If you do not have the right documentation, you will not be able to board your flight. Always triple check your documentation and if you have any doubts, ask your family or friends. Be aware and conscious about what you need and make sure to have them readily available for security at the airport. It will save time if you don’t have to dig through your luggage to find your identification.
Snacks are essential when travelling. You might be waiting for your flight when that feeling of hunger strikes you and you do not know what to do. The solution to your problem can be in your backpack if you take snacks.
Charge your mobile devices
Always remember to charge your devices before you leave. Whether you are flying or driving, your devices could save you if things do not go as planned. If your flight is delayed, you will need your phone to let your family know. If you have a flat tire, you will need your phone to get help. There are countless scenarios in which your phone could come in very handy. Do not forget to plug it in at least two hours before leaving.
At times, the holidays can be stressful. However, if you have a plan, everything will be fine. Remember to triple check your list of to-dos before you leave and always look up your flight status, in case you are flying. Once you are home with your loved ones, relax, enjoy and have fun! The holidays are about reuniting with your loved ones and eating holiday dishes.