Every year, millions of Americans hit the road or head to the skies during the holiday season. Some are traveling to visit family or friends, while others are simply going on vacation. Most of these travelers will be on the roads (about 90 percent), but a large number will also be flying to their destinations. Whichever way you and your family choose to travel, you’ll need to keep some things in mind to stay safe, healthy, and in good spirits. Review our tips for traveling during the holidays to ensure you don’t end up grumbling, “Bah! Humbug!”
Tips for Traveling During the Holidays
If you’re traveling in an automobile this month, follow these tips for traveling during the holidays by car:
First and foremost, drive carefully and patiently. Avoid distractions, and make sure that you’re well rested before you hit the road. If you’re driving a long distance, try to split up the journey between you and another driver so that you aren’t driving for several hours straight.
Clean Your Car
Whether you’re driving your own car or renting a vehicle, be sure to clean it before you hit the road. Use the SafeSpace Auto Germ & Odor Eliminator to eradicate germs and odors in one fell swoop. To use it, simply remove all people and pets from the car, shake the can, spray the mist directly into your dash vents and other germ-filled areas (floor mat, steering wheel, drink holder, door handles, etc.), and then exit the vehicle and wait 15-20 minutes. Easy peasy!
Watch the Weather
The weather can make or break your holiday travel plans. As you’re planning your trip, check the forecast frequently and make adjustments if needed. For example, you may need to leave a day or two early to bypass a big snowstorm, or you might be able to dodge bad weather by taking another route. If the weather is frightful, stay home if you can. If you do get stuck in bad weather, take it slow. Drive slowly, accelerate/decelerate slowly, and leave a wide space between your car and other vehicles on the road.
Research Potential Stops
You don’t want to be stuck without a bed for the night, food for dinner, or gas in your tank. As you’re driving, watch for signs announcing gas stations, food options, and motels at the upcoming exits. Plan a few potential options for your accommodations for the night, and make a note ahead of time to fill up your gas tank and your belly if you’ll be driving in a remote area with few options.
Keep Safety Gear in Your Car
If the worst should happen, it’s best to be prepared. Keep the following items in your car: a jump starter, an ice scraper with a brush, a warm blanket, an air compressor, a tire gauge, a first aid kit, a flash light, a windshield wiper fluid, a phone charger (external or one that hooks up to your car), food, and water.
Flying home for Christmas this year? Be sure to use these tips for traveling during the holidays by plane:
Monitor Flight Deals
If you’re planning to fly home for the holidays, consider traveling on off-peak days and at unpopular times. If you can go a day earlier or travel very early/late in the day, you might avoid the worst of the crowds.
So many things stand in the way of you reaching your flight on time: traffic jams, full parking lots, late shuttles, security lines, etc. To ensure you make it to your plane with time to spare, leave extra early. And if you’re concerned that you’ll spend a lot of time waiting at the gate, bring something to entertain you while you wait – a book, a magazine, a podcast, a deck of cards, a movie downloaded to your phone, etc.
Remember to follow the TSA rules regarding liquids, gels, and aerosols. In addition, don’t wrap gifts ahead of time or you may end up unwrapping them yourself so that a security officer can check the contents. Speaking of gifts, you may want to ship gifts directly to your destination to avoid packing them in your bag. Finally, pack all essentials in your carry-on bag in case something should happen to your checked bag. These might include a spare change of clothes, important medications, your glasses, and any pricey gifts.
Everyone knows that airplanes and airports are hotbeds for germs. While you can’t avoid those germs entirely, you can do your best to prevent them from entering your body and getting you sick. First, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water. If you don’t have access to these or you want some extra protection after hand washing, use an alcohol-free hand sanitizer like the SafeSpace Instant Hand Sanitizer. Because it doesn’t contain alcohol, it won’t dry out your hands. Plus, it’s available in a convenient, travel-friendly pump bottle. Finally, avoid touching frequently touched surfaces, like door handles, water fountain buttons, and even tray tables. When you must touch these surfaces, follow up with some hand sanitizer.
We can’t discuss tips for traveling during the holidays without mentioning how important it is to keep a positive attitude. Whether you’re going through security at the airport, waiting in line for a rental car, or sitting in traffic, try to stay optimistic and patient. Remember that employees are simply doing their jobs and your fellow travelers are also trying to get somewhere important. Especially during the holiday season, it’s important to follow the Golden Rule and be kind to the people around you. Instead of grumbling or complaining, try to spread a little holiday cheer.
Finally, to keep your family healthy as you travel this holiday season, turn to SafeSpace. The SafeSpace Company is a family-owned small business proudly selling American-made germ foggers, auto germ, and odor eliminators, and alcohol-free hand sanitizers to keep your family safe and healthy. To avoid germs this holiday season, stock up on disinfectant essentials with the SafeSpace Germ Fighter Kit. You’ll get everything you need to keep yourself and your family healthy: hand sanitizers, disinfecting and deodorizing mists, and disinfectant foggers. It’s a great Christmas gift as well!