Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us! Whether you’re flying across the country or just driving a few hours to your in-laws’ house, traveling during the holidays can extremely stress-inducing. This holiday season, leave the stress behind you at home, and enjoy your trip with our holiday packing tips.
- Do you need to bring presents for those you’re visiting? Why bother with the extra baggage? Either send them to your destination ahead of time, or keep it simple. A gift card or cash is always a great gift, and takes up little to none of your precious luggage space.
- Don’t check a bag. Forget about lugging around a giant bag, waiting at baggage claim, or worst case scenario- dealing with lost luggage. Pack light, and bring only one, small carry on. Using a rolling bag is easiest so you don’t kill your shoulder carrying it around the airport. If you do decide to check your bag, be sure to look up your airline’s baggage policy ahead of time so you’re aware of guidelines and any fees. Also, avoid checking any essential items.
- Make a list. We get it- packing only a small carry on is a frightening thought. But think about how many times you stuff a giant suitcase to the brim and then only wear 1/3 of what you brought? Before you start throwing clothes in your suitcase all willy-nilly, stop and write down what you need. Start with your toiletries and electronics, then organize your clothes by outfit- pajamas, dinner outfit, day 1 outfit. Not only will this help you avoid over-packing, but you’ll be less likely to forget items.
- Mix and match outfits. After you make your list of outfits, look back and see if there are any pieces you can mix and match for different looks without having to pack a lot of items. Have a super-chunky sweater you’re going to wear while away? Save space in your bag, and wear it on the plane as well.
- Do your laundry while away. Are you staying at your family’s house? They likely won’t mind if you have to throw a few items in the wash.
- Don’t forget to properly pack your liquids. If you’re flying, don’t forget about TSA’s liquid and gel guidelines. All liquids must be 3.4 oz or smaller, packed in a single, clear, quart-size, zip-top bag. If you’re driving, pack your shampoo, face wash, lotions, etc. in a plastic bag just in case they explode or you accidentally don’t close the bottles tightly!
- Use your personal item wisely. Don’t waste your personal item on a tiny purse. Instead, bring a larger purse or tote so you can pack additional items and save space in your luggage. Do you have kids? Bringing a larger tote leaves more space for books, snacks, and toys to keep them entertained.
- Pre-pack your snacks! Save money at the airport or on the road by packing your snacks instead of buying them on your trip. Not only will you save precious dollars, but you’ll be able to make healthier choices. During the holidays, those are two things that are hard to do! Flying? Freeze your smoothies, and keep in mind that certain foods like peanut butter and pudding are considered gels, so keep in mind the TSA guidelines. Easy-to-pack snacks include baggies of trail mix, pieces of fruit, 100-calorie packs of nuts, baggies of carrots and celery sticks with individually packaged hummus.
- Use packing aids. Having a really hard time not over-packing your clothes? Use the vacuum-sealed bags to shrink your clothes and be able to lay them flat. There are also other great packing aids such as zipper envelopes and compartments to keep your bag organized so you can fit more items.
- Don’t stress! Remember why you’re traveling. Yes, regardless of how much you prepare, things always happen while traveling- airports may be jam-packed and traffic might be at a standstill. However, keep things in perspective, and remember why you’re traveling, to be with loved ones during a joyful time of year! So if you forget to pack something, no sweat. Most things you can run out to the store and pick up once you’re there!
If you’re traveling across New England and the Northeast, in the Midwest, across Eastern Montana, or down in the Caribbean, check out Cape Air’s flight schedule. Serving 35 cities and offering over 400 flights each day, flying with Cape Air makes your holiday travel easy and convenient. To book your flight, check your flight status, and view Cape Air’s flight schedules, visit www.capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR.