I love to travel for holidays and vacations, and I travel by air most often. However, one of the things that really annoys me about traveling is the preparation that’s involved in thinking of “everything” that could ruin your departure, trip, or return. Living in Las Vegas and having family out of state really changes the dynamics of the holidays for me.
This is my personal list of travel tips to consider when traveling for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, or any trip that lasts more than four days.
Preparing the House
- Clean all of the dishes
- Take the trash out
- Stop mail collection if it comes to an outside mailbox
- Get a pet sitter or plan your trip appropriately if you’re bringing a pet with (pet plane ticket, pet hotels, pet everything)
- Eat or dispose of all perishable foods
- Clean the house so you’re not returning to a headache
- Keep a fan on so the house doesn’t develop a musty smell
- Pack only what you need, nothing more. You might want extra room to bring gifts back.
- Pack a day early, so you can get some rest the night before and aren’t rushing the morning of.
- Dress to fly through security, no jewelry, liquids separated, etc.
- Don’t be late for the airport, you’ll end up sweating and smelly on the airplane.
- Set a budget and stick to it! Nobody likes to overspend.
Preparing for the Trip
- Book your flight ahead of time!
- Arrange a place to stay, either a friend / family member’s house or a hotel.
- Arrange transportation, don’t forget to prepay for an extra bag if you’re bringing one!
- Arrange transportation from the airport if you aren’t renting a car.
- Arrange your schedule and have an itinerary to stick to!