Christmas is supposed to be a time of fun, family, and food. Traveling at Christmas is anything but fun. There are some steps that you can take to make the trip as painless as possible.
The first thing you should do is make a list of what you plan to take. Are you taking presents or are you buying them there? If you are taking presents, be sure that you make a list of exactly what presents you will need to take with you. It beats running around at the last minutes or ending up having Aunt Martha’s gift at Uncle Joe’s house.
The next thing you should do is verify your travel plans. If you are driving on a trip that is more than one night, verify that you have reservations at a hotel along the way. Also, have a mechanic do a quick check on your car before you go. Finally, check the weather along the route. I once got snowed in on my way to my aunt’s house in Texas.
If you are flying, call ahead to verify flights. Also, check in before your flight to make sure you get a seat. This will help you avoid getting bumped. Make sure that you get to the airport within the recommended time frame so that you can get through security quickly.
If you are traveling with children, take something to keep them occupied.
If you take some time before you go to prepare, your holiday can be filled with warm family memories instead of frustrating travel fiascoes.