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This December we’re ushering out 2015 in a new way. Join us as we count down 31 Days Of Awesome and give you something new to do, see, make, eat, or buy every day in December.
Today we’re looking at how to survive traveling over the holidays. The holiday season has arrived and regardless of your beliefs or traditions, business and school closures means there’s a good chance you’ll be traveling for fun or to see family. Even better if those two things are the same.
Here’s how to stay sane and not bah humbug your way through December.
If you love holiday music, then this is a great time of year for you to be in public places and traveling to see your Christmas-loving aunt. If not…pack some headphones, it’s gonna be a long week.
Do we leave milk and cookies out for Santa because it’s a nice tradition or because a hangry Santa means coal in our stockings? Hangriness can hit anyone at anytime, especially during the holidays when the weather is cold and we’re shivering away calories. Take advantage of your workplace potluck and stock up on cookies to keep in your pockets during travel days.
Whether your two-year old cousin is screaming for batteries to make his new Millennium Falcon toy work (as *if* he really appreciates such a sweet toy) or your flight is cancelled and your dead phone makes it impossible to look up the next flight, batteries and battery chargers are your holiday travel friends.
This one may seem like an odd point on our list, but whether you’re vegging at your grandparents wifi-free house for two days or stuck in a train station overnight, being warm and snuggly is not something to be taken for granted.
Make A List and Check It Twice
Passports? Presents? Prescriptions? Parka? Podcasts? Phone? We’ve run out of things that start with ‘P’, but a list is a great way to stay organized and reduce stress while traveling. Plus, we like rewarding ourselves with a candy cane (latte) for every list item we remember to pack.
Social Media Decency
If your flight to Hawaii for the holidays is delayed by an hour, do not go to Twitter or Facebook for sympathy. Our frozen fingers will not be texting sad face emoji’s to you. Our responses will be much more of the ‘smiling poo emoji’ variety.
Be An Early Birdie
Whether flying, driving, taking the train, the bus, or putting your hoverboard battery to the test, leaving early is always a good idea when traveling during busy times of the year. Unless your destination involves lumpy eggnog and stale fruitcake. Then take your time.
Travel and Chill
It sounds silly, but pack your patience. Traveling anywhere at any time of the year is tiring, but traveling during the holidays can be especially exhausting. Take a few deep breaths, relax your shoulders, then whip out a few of Drake’s moves from Hotline Bling. We find them very calming.