If You're Flying
- Do your research. Whether you're planning weeks in advance or you're trying to get a last-minute deal, it helps to do your research. Choose flexible travel dates to help you pinpoint the best deal.
- Plan carefully. Flying in the winter may increase the chances of flight delays due to inclement weather. Avoid narrow layover times.
- Pack light. More airlines are charging to check bags. Save money by packing lighter or sending items ahead to your destination instead of bringing them on the plane.
- Leave early, whether you're flying or driving. This will allow you the buffer time necessary to deal with traffic jams, parking, and security.
- Stay up-to-date on flight changes. Download your airline's app to get alerts about gate changes and delays.
Stay Healthy While You Travel
- Stay hydrated. Bring a water bottle and fill it at the water fountain once you pass through security or purchase water from a vendor in the secured area.
- Bring your own blanket and pillow. While some airlines still provide these amenities, most do not.
- Bring healthy snacks, including nuts, dried fruit and other easily portable food items.
- Move around to avoid blood clots.
If You're Driving
- Get your car ready. Take your car in for a tuneup and address any potential issues beforehand.
- Plan your route ahead of time. Whether you're driving a few hours or a few days, it helps to know the route you're taking.
- Keep roadside assistance information on hand. Having this information readily available will help you think clearly and act quickly in the event of car problems.
- Store a cell phone charger in the car. Keep a charger in the glove compartment or center console to keep it charged in case of an emergency.
- Pack a winter safety kit if you're traveling through a snowy area. The kit should include an ice scraper, a small snow shovel, tire chains, tow rope, jumper cables, a blanket, flashlights, a first-aid kit and a portable radio.
Tips For Traveling With Children
- Take your time.
- Pack small toys.
- Pack a change of clothing.
- Have a small bag with only diaper-changing items.
- Remind your children not to talk to strangers.
Tips For Traveling With Pets
- Make sure your pet has identification.
- Get your pet up-to-date on its vaccinations.
- Secure the animal properly in the car.
- If you're traveling by air and crating your pet, ensure it has room to move and stand.
- Take a direct flight to reduce stress on the animal.
- If you're traveling by car, stop frequently.