November 17, 2012

November 17, 2012
Top 10 Survival Tips for Holiday Travel

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope you had a very safe and great week. It is another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

This next week starts the big holiday season so today I thought I would blog today and tomorrow about ideas on how to survive traveling during the holidays since so many of you will be traveling over the next six weeks.

Wherever you're heading, if you're traveling during the holiday season, you need to realize that everyone else in the world is, too. But don't let invasive security scanners, terrible drivers and long lines get you down. We're giving you tips to survive the holiday travel season without a Frosty the Snowman size meltdown.

Do your research.
Plan alternative trips if traffic makes your way home too overwhelming. Is there a scenic drive that might be longer but have less traffic? Break up a long drive by finding a few places to stop that will get the kids more excited than a truck rest stop. When flying, make sure you check the airlineís restrictions ahead of time on carry-on luggage and fees for checked bags.

Stay connected.
Stock up on the latest travel apps before you leave home. Flight Status gives you real-time updates on delays, baggage numbers and more, and TSAwait gives you approximate times youíll spend in security. Heading out on the road? Find the cheapest gas and cleanest bathrooms on the road with Cheap Gas! and SitOrSquat.

Pack light.
Avoid checking bags altogether if you can. You wonít have to wait for your luggage on the conveyor belt, and you wonít have to worry about your momís Christmas present getting lost in Logan Airport. If you do check luggage, make sure you have all your medications and important documents and a change of clothes in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost.

Pack earplugs.
Short of doing yoga in the airport, the best way to mentally escape your stressful surroundings is to turn the volume down. And the easiest way to do that is with earplugs. Crying baby next seat over on the plane? Earplugs. Sisterís music in the car driving you mad? Earplugs. And if you really want to check out for a bit? Bring an eye mask (as long as you arenít driving).

Don't go hungry.
When your tummy growls, your mind canít think straight, and you could unknowingly get in the wrong line, take the wrong turn, or worse, upset an innocent flight attendant. Pack snacks and drinks, so you and your family will be fueled up for a road trip. If youíre flying, definitely get some grub before you board the plane, so you wonít have to rely on airline food if youíre sitting on the tarmac for hours.

Tomorrow I will continue this blog with five more tips for surviving holiday travels.

Hope you have a beary safe and great Saturday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab