I know a lot of you will be traveling over the next couple of weeks, so here are three holiday hacks to make your travel less stressful.
1. Ship your gifts
Don’t even think about trying to pack your gifts. It will just give you more stuff to lug around and possibly lose at the airport. Instead, ship them ahead of time. But beware — shipping deadlines are fast approaching.
If you’re using the United States Postal Service, the standard post cutoff is Dec.15. (More holiday travel shipping dates here.)
For UPS, Dec. 18 is the deadline for normal pick up and delivery service. (More holiday shipping dates here.)
Travel light by shipping your presents ahead of time. (Photo: iStock)
And for Fed Ex, Dec. 16 is the last day for ground and home delivery. (More holiday shipping dates here.)
Of course, these dates are flexible if you choose an expedited shipping option. But the longer you wait, the more it will cost you.
Oh, and if you order on Amazon by 11:59 on December 19th, you will get your delivery before Christmas.
If you have Amazon prime, you can bump that back to Dec. 22!
2. Download the app MyRadar
Follow the weather and act before everyone else does. (Photo: MyRadar)
The worst part about traveling for the holidays is the unpredictable weather!
You can’t control it, but it does help to know if a storm is brewing.
Download the app MyRadar to gauge what the weather is doing between your departure and arrival cities. This way you can react faster if flights need to be rebooked or alternative travel arrangements need to be made.
3. Sleep at the airport hotel
De-stress a trip to the airport by sleeping at the airport. (Photo: Thinkstock)
I got this one from the Family Travel Association, and I must admit…it’s pretty clever. If you’re traveling with kids, it can seem intimidating and stressful to get everyone up, dressed, packed, out of the house, and to the airport on time. Instead, if your local airport has a hotel in it or nearby, it might be worth your sanity to stay there. This way you can just wake up and go!
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