Many of us traveled for the winter holidays. Tickets. Baggage. Schedules. It’s a lot to remember. Planning ahead makes me feel safer and more comfortable en route.
Stockton and I don’t have kids, so the worst case scenario (Kevin!) won’t be happening the next time we travel. Instead, I’ll be packing spirit-lifters for cruising altitude.
- Bring a good attitude. Assume delays and minor hassles will happen. From experience, I learned freaking out won’t help. Keep perspective and stay calm.
- Stay connected. Provide travel itinerary ahead of time to your host and those who care. If plans change, it’s considerate to pass along info. Cell phones quickly eliminate needless inconvenience.
- Tote meds and items that soothe irritating conditions. Prescription eye drops and moisturizing eye gel are musts for me
- Stay hydrated to reduce dry, sore eyes and skin. Bring an empty water bottle that can pass TSA checks and fill it in the concourse. Pack travel sized lotion and lip balm.
- Stay warm. I get cold on airplanes. I get cold in movie theaters. I get cold in my living room. Since I can’t take my large Buffalo Bills blanket with me, I pack a soft, blue pashmina. It envelops my torso like I’m swaddling myself. Instant coziness.
- Quit the squint. Sunglasses and sleep shades are always in my carry on.
- Nap it out on a neck pillow turned forward. Stockton calls me Snoozen for good reason.
- Portable device filled with music and audiobooks and podcasts. Or at least earbuds to use the in-flight entertainment.
- Handy snack. It keeps the hungry grouch away. Apples are my favorite.
What items do you keep close when you’re traveling? Have you crumbled in public over transportation issues? What is your go-to reading material for a trip? Tell me about it.