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Nothing beats the idea of a long-anticipated vacation, but sometimes it can be hard to remember that this means you will be going through airport security and possibly navigating your way through other unfamiliar situations. Fear not! Here are five tips for making sure you’re ready for anything when it comes to seasonal travel.
1. Keep Your Documents Handy
It’s hard to do anything if you don’t have the right documents. For example, have you ever forgotten your passport? It can be anxiety-inducing if it doesn’t happen to you often, so keep your passport and any other necessary documentation in an easy-to-access place. You never know when you might need it on short notice, and having these documents ready to go will save you a lot of time and trouble later.
2. Dress Lightly
This tip is good for fall, winter, and spring. If you’re going on a trip somewhere warm, then you probably already know it’s important to pack light and only bring the essentials. But, if you’re traveling somewhere chilly or snow-covered, it can be easy to overpack.
3. Accept No Substitutes
If you always pack your favorite jeans and Old Navy sweatshirt, it can be easy to forget that there will be many people on the plane wearing similar clothes. It’s important to accept that things won’t always work out just as you planned, which means accepting that some of your clothes will not make the trip. If you really like to feel comfortable, then bring a pair of tights or leggings and an extra shirt or sweater in case something goes wrong while traveling. And if you’re going somewhere unfamiliar, then it’s always a good idea to bring a few changes of clothes that are easily washable as well.
4. Pack First
If you’re flying somewhere and haven’t packed yet, then you have a bigger chance of forgetting something. Pack your luggage before you leave so that there is no way for you to forget something important. You can also keep yourself sane by having dinner or a snack packed with your bag.
5. Take Advantage of the Airlines’ Efforts
If you’re flying over the holidays, then you may want to take advantage of the airline’s efforts to make traveling easier. For example, if they have additional blankets available (which they usually do), then it never hurts to grab one when it’s offered to you.
It’s always a good idea to take advantage of any extra comforts the airlines are offering, whether it be a blanket or food in your seat. You can also opt for priority boarding if you would like to get on the plane first, though this may cost extra. The most important thing is to enjoy your trip and don’t worry about what could go wrong. After all, planning is half the battle.