Everything you need for your holiday travels
The holidays are such a busy time of the year, full of enjoyment, get-togethers and memorable experiences. As exciting as the holidays are, it also means that there are a lot more people traveling.
Traveling is already a daunting task, and as the airports and roadways fill up with holiday-crazed travelers, it can present you with an even more stressful situation, especially if you are traveling with your whole family.
Just how are you going to pull off packing and preparing with so many things you need to do?
You can make the packing faster and more manageable by following a travel list. Whether you’re going on a road trip or flying abroad, we’ve compiled a list of things that you may need to make your travel experience easier and more enjoyable.
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Road Trip Essentials
Packing is an important aspect of any type of travel. You often need things to help you stay comfortable while in the car, clean up your messes, and get you out of potentially hazardous situations on the road. If it’s winter on your side of the world, don’t forget to prepare for winter car safety while traveling.
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You can’t leave the house without the following driving essentials. Most of the time, you can’t even hit the road if you don’t have these items with you:
- License and Registration: You must have a license to drive. Another essential item is your car registration, which will prove that you are driving a car you or your family owns legally — or that of the rental company.
- Insurance: Don’t make the mistake of traveling without insurance. You want protection against car accidents, so be sure to get a policy if you don't already have one. You usually need car insurance, but you’ll need travel insurance if you’re going outside of the country. Do check if your insurance covers personal injury.
- GPS Device: Traveling to new places increase your risk of getting turned around or lost. Having a reliable GPS or navigation app on your device will help you avoid those frustrating situations. Be sure to have extra batteries or chargers for longer trips!
- Wallet, Credit Cards and Cash: Of course, you’ll need to pack your wallet, including cash and credit cards. Traveling isn’t always cheap.
These are supplies that keep your car ride comfortable. Most of these items keep you and your car clean, so you don’t have to worry about sitting in a messy vehicle for your entire trip. You can easily find these and other driving essentials on this list at stores like Walmart and Amazon.
- Wet wipes
- Air Freshener
- Paper towels/napkins
- First aid kit
- Trash bags
If you’re going on a winter road trip in the northern hemisphere, your priority is to winterize your car. Before leaving, you should have had your vehicle go through standard vehicle maintenance and check-up.
Even if you don’t live somewhere with a winter climate but will be heading into one, be sure to let your mechanic know, so they can ensure your car is ready.
In addition to this — even if you are not in a colder climate — you must have the following items:
- Ice Scraper: This will help you keep those car windows clean while driving or staying in winter conditions. You can also use it to get the snow off your tire wells.
- Sand or Shovel: Shovel to get the snow off where you got stuck. Sand or some kitty litter can help with this as well.
*If you don’t know how to get unstuck from snow, you can check out some videos online to help you out.
- Spare Tire: You can get a flat tire for many reasons, like bad road conditions, wear and tear, or from a puncture. It always pays to be prepared by making sure you have a spare tire.
- Multi-Tool/Pocket Knife: You never know when you might need a knife, a screwdriver, pliers, or a can opener. Having a pocketknife or a multi-tool will come in handy in a variety of situations.
- Tire Chains: Tire chains are a must if you’re traveling on snowy roads or mountain passes. It’s always great to have them since they are sometimes a requirement when traveling on some routes.
- Flares/Flashlights/Headlamps: If you get stuck somewhere at night, it pays to have flashlights, headlamps, and flares. The latter can alert others where you are stranded while using the flashlight or headlamp to fix the car issue.
Food and Comfort
If you get stuck somewhere, you will need food, water, and things to help keep you warm or cool, depending on the climate. Bring the things that will make you comfortable while driving or meet your needs if you get stranded somewhere, such as the supplies listed below:
- Water & reusable water bottle
- Gum and mints
- Gloves, scarves, and hats
- Hand or electric fan
Whether you are alone or with family, the drive on the way to vacation can be tedious. That’s why it’s good to pack some fun things to keep everyone entertained. If listening to the radio is getting tiring, you can try the following ideas.
- Car games
- Music playlists
- Writing/drawing/coloring supplies
- Tablet & streaming service
Plane Trip Essentials
Flying is a different matter altogether. Just like with international package forwarding, traveling by flying comes with various regulations you must adhere to. Thus, be sure to do some research about your airline and what policies to keep in mind. Once you’ve become familiar with them, you can start preparing with the following essentials:
The essentials depend on the activities you have planned for your vacation. You want to pack smart, because you are needing to fit a lot of items in a limited amount of space. These things in your luggage also needs to be under a certain weight in order to fly. Here are the basic essentials to pack in your luggage
- Lightweight clothing you can layer
- Sweaters & jackets
- Comfortable shoes or boots
- Pants or shorts
- Cell phone and charger(adapter)
- Toiletry bag
- Travel pillow
It is very important that your toiletry bag is TSA-compliant. Here is a quick rundown of the rules: liquids, gels, creams, pastes, and aerosols should be 100 ML (3.4 ounces) or less per container. The container must be a one quart-sized, clear plastic zip-top bag. Doing research is always important so you don’t run into any issues at airport security.
- Comb, hairbrush, pins, and hair ties
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth wash, and floss
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Makeup & remover
- Feminine hygiene products
- Shaving razors
- Prescription medication
Your carry bag will have all the personal items you want with you on the flight. Just in case your luggage gets lost, you’ll want a little bit of everything including a few toiletries and an article of clothing or two in your carry-on bag. Some of the good things to pack inside your carry-on are the following:
- Cell phone/mobile devices and chargers
- Books or magazines
- Extra clothing or jacket
- Water bottle
- Travel pillow
- Hand sanitizer & wipes
- Proof of vaccination
Paperwork, Cash, and Credit Cards
Use a travel document organizer and collect the essential travel documents you will need. By organizing them like this, you can ensure that you have everything you need when you get to the airport or wherever your destination is.
- Passport and/or Visa
- Cash and credit cards
- Insurance information
- Itineraries and reservations
- Emergency contacts
Last but not least, you need to consider bringing travel security items. Besides keeping your belongings close to you, there are some things you should have to keep you and your items safe:
- Hidden pockets
- Luggage ID tags
- Recognizable luggage accessories
Making sure you review each list and pack the items that you think you’ll need to help you have a wonderful trip, whether you’re driving or flying to your destination.
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