Traveling for the holiday? It's time to be prepared. If you have ever traveled overseas or cross-country before, you probably already know how difficult long plane rides can be. There's also the matter of being away from home for a long period of time, away from your comfy bed and most of your belongings. And of course, you'll also be susceptible to unfamiliar weather that could easily put a damper on your holiday. But if you come prepared and utilize space well on your trip, you can have all the comforts of home. If you are planning to visit relatives or just get away this holiday season, here are the 10 best tips for traveling for the holiday.
Sitting in one spot for an extended period of time gets to be exceedingly uncomfortable, especially when the seats aren't all that comfortable and you're cramped with a bunch of other people. Thankfully, a nice cushiony neck pillow can make that trip a whole lot more comfortable, preventing neck discomfort and potentially even tension headaches that could make your trip a nightmare.
To help you deal with uncomfortable seating, a seat cushion can be a godsend. Seat cushions like the Sojoy iGelComfort gel memory foam seat cushion feel great and work wonders in preventing tailbone pain and even lower back pain. Pregnant women may especially benefit from this cushion.
A travel blanket is another terrific way to stay comfy on the plane or at any time during your trip. Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Plus Travel Blanket covers the shoulders, front and back - kind of like a long poncho. But it also has pockets where you can hold some personal belongings. It will keep you warm during your flight and then you can use it as you sip hot cocoa or egg nog by the Christmas tree.
Taking a super compact carry on is a great way to ensure that the stuff you want to take with you actually goes with you. Bags like the Travelpro Maxlite 4 Compact Carry On, can fit easily under your seat on the plane and holds a lot of stuff, so you never have to part with your belongings and worry about them getting lost. If you are concerned about the weight, it features a telescoping handle and wheels, allowing you to roll it right on the plane.
When you need to pack a lot, but don't seem to have the room, space bags allow you the perfect way to carry more. The Acrodo Space Saver Compression Bags come in a pack of six and allow you to carry more clothing items by compressing them with a vacuum. After the vacuum sucks out all of the air from the bags, you can easily carry as much as three times more.
SpaceSaver PremiumJUMBO Vacuum Storage Bags can help you carry even larger items. One problem with traveling for the holiday is finding a comfortable space to sleep at your relative's house. With the SpaceSaver Vacuum storage bags, you can even pack your very own memory foam mattress with you to ensure a restful night's sleep.
Luggage tags that are unique are the best way to ensure you can find your luggage quickly and easily. Getting luggage tags with special designs or patterns will help you identify your luggage as soon as you see it, so that you don't grab the wrong bag or miss yours altogether. Adecco Colorful Tetris Pattern Rubber ID Tags feature five unique designs and allow space for you to insert your business card or address card.
When traveling for the holidays, it's always a good idea to be prepared for the weather. Taking a big, puffy jacket can easily take up a lot of space in your luggage or be incredibly uncomfortable to wear on the plane. Consider a lightweight jacket, like a golf jacket. The London Fog Men's Zip-Front Golf Jacket for instance is incredibly warm and comfortable, but is incredibly lightweight at the same time.
For women looking for a lightweight but fashionable jacket, a military style coat that is form fitting and comfy is your best bet. The TL Women's Versatile Military Anorak Parka comes in a variety of different color options and sizes. It can be easily packed with your luggage or worn on the plane.
If you are traveling in unfamiliar territory, you should always be aware of pick pocketers that could steal your wallet and leave you hanging without any money. Instead of your regular wallet, consider a travel wallet like the Lewis N. Clark Neck Stash Anti-Theft Hidden Wallet. Unlike the wallet in your pocket, this one is worn around the neck and features RFID-Blocking technology that prevents electronic pickpocketing and identity theft.