6 Winter Holiday Travel Tips

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It can be even more stressful than normal to travel during the winter holidays. Airports are crowded, roads are packed, and snow and ice can delay your journey. You can’t make other people or bad weather go away, but there are things you can do to smooth things along.

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Whether you’re packing up the kids to visit Grandma for Christmas, or packing your Wildhorn snow goggles for a ski vacation, here are the best tips to avoid tricky travel situations or at least get yourself out of one. 

1. Check Your Flight

Do you think you don’t need to worry about bad weather because you’re flying to and from sunny destinations? Think again. The place you’re getting on could have been coming from somewhere with much worse weather. 

If the plan is coming from a city that has been hit by bad weather, it can hold up your warm-weather travel. Check your aircraft’s journey on the airline website, and check your flight before you travel to the airport.

2. Don’t Drive Into A Storm

Monitor your local and regional forecasts. It the weather report in your city of departure or arrival advises staying put for safety reasons, consider not hitting the road. 

If there is a possibility that bad weather could hit when you’re driving, make sure you have cold weather clothing and shoes, snacks and water, charged up devices, diapers for little ones, a full tank of gas, and flares in case you get stuck. 

3. Rebook Your Flight For Free

A lot of airlines have teams that track the weather and rearrange flight schedules to avoid bad weather. If the weather is too dangerous for your flight, airlines will usually offer customers the chance to rebook their flights free of charge, before they leave for the airport. 

Sometimes, airlines will even waive fees to rebook customers who monitor the weather themselves and call to rearrange before bad weather hits. There are no guarantees but it’s worth asking.

4. Follow Your Airline And Airport On Social Media

Follow your airlines and airports via Twitter and Facebook. A lot of airlines and airports post updates to their Twitter feeds, so start following them now. Sign up for your airline alerts to get flight updates emailed straight to you. 

5. Charge Your Devices

Expect crowds to be crowded around the electrical outlets at your departure airport if your flight does get delayed. Don’t assume that rest stops on your way will let you use their outlets either. Charge all your devices before you go and carry a car charger, a power pack, or a few battery chargers for your devices, just in case. 

6. Stock Up On Snacks

Stock up on nonperishable snacks and drinks for the car. If you’re flying, don’t pack drinks, but take an empty water bottle to refill once you have cleared security.

Granola bars, beef jerky, dried nuts and fruit, and other protein-rich snacks can keep you and the rest of the family going without spending a lot on snacks at the airport or rest stops. 

It can be even more stressful than normal to travel during the winter holidays. Airports are crowded, roads are packed, and snow and ice can delay your journey. You can’t make other people or bad weather go away, but there are things you can do to make the trip go a bit more smoothly.

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