7 Holiday Travel Tips

It’s no secret that holiday travel can be many things – mostly, exciting, of course, but usually holiday travel is also a little hectic and a little stressful. With so many travelers going to and fro, airports, bus depots, train stations and highways quickly become pretty crowded.

But fear not, because your friends at InTown Suites have rounded up a few important tips to help you survive travel during the holiday season.

Bring snacks.

We’re all familiar with the term ‘hangry’ – and while it may seem silly, most of us know its effects all too well! Avoid the crankiness that comes from hunger and instead head on your travels prepared with enough food and water for yourself and the family to stay fueled and content. If you’re taking a roadtrip, brush up on these 9 healthy snack ideas and where to find them on the road.

Have a backup plan.

If you’re driving, the days immediately before or after the holiday are typically very busy for traffic. If possible, have a backup route planned so that no matter where you’re going, you’ll have alternative route options should traffic become too heavy for any reason.

Deal with gifts beforehand.

No matter your mode of transportation, lugging gifts around is never pleasant. Instead of trying to pack them in your luggage for the plane, train, or car, you’ll thank yourself later if you simply ship gifts to their destination ahead of time. If you must bring gifts with you, try to only travel with small, light gifts that won’t be easily damaged in transit. (Check out our gift ideas for the frequent traveler for a few ideas).

Tune out.

We get it – sometimes, you just need a break. Regardless of how you’re traveling this holiday season, make sure you’re equipped with a few essentials to help you tune out for a few moments and embrace your inner zen. From noise cancelling headphones, to playlists chock full of your favorite lighthearted tunes, take a few minutes’ break to reset.

Make sure the car is up to snuff.

Holidays can be stressful enough without having to worry about something like a car breakdown, a flat tire, and so on. Before you’re ready to hit the road this holiday season, be sure to run through this helpful pre-road trip checklist to help ensure smooth sailing when you depart. And don’t forget to ensure the car is fully stocked with these 15 essential things to keep in your car.

Be flexible.

When you’re traveling at such a busy time of the year, you have to more or less expect the unexpected. Whether that be delays, adverse weather, or any other number of things that could impact your travel schedule, you have to expect and be okay with changes in plans. It’s all part of the experience!

Use the many tools at your disposal.

There’s just something about a road trip that says “quality time.” But just because you’re kicking it “old school” by hitting the road, doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a little bit of modern technology to enhance the experience (in fact, we think you should!). To help along the way – with everything from getting directions to finding the best places to fill up the gas tank – we’ve rounded up the 10 best travel apps for your next road trip.

Hitting the road this holiday season? Find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties on the road; your home away from home during your next great adventure.

Gift Ideas for the Frequent Traveler in Your Life

We know how stressful it can be to come up with the perfect gift idea for all the special people on your shopping list. You want to give something thoughtful, something useful, and something that will treat the recipient, evoking surprise and excitement when they unwrap the gift.

If there’s a frequent traveler on your list this year, you’re in luck. We’ve come up with our top gift ideas for the travelers and road warriors in your life. They’re sure to love the thoughtfulness (and practicality) behind these gift ideas.

This Christmas, why not give the gift of…

A Battery Boost.

Battery power is a constant concern for road warriors, and having a compact, simple way to get a boost is important to most travelers. Don’t miss out on a FaceTime chat or Skype call again. Give an on-the-go charge to phones and tablets simultaneously with the Mophie Power Station.

The Gift of Literature.

For those travelers on your list that love to read, give the gift of literature this Christmas with the Kindle Paperwhite. The perfect travel companion, the Kindle Paperwhite holds thousands of books and can last for weeks between charges, giving that special someone a little entertainment on the road.

Safety & Assurance.

Sure, emergency car kits may not seem like the most exciting gift, but trust us, they’re a travel necessity sure to be appreciated! Add your own personal touches by creating a custom kit, instead of purchasing a pre-made one. Check out our 15 Essential Things to Keep in Your Car post for ideas on what to include in the emergency kit.

A Little Peace & Quiet.

A true necessity for all frequent travelers, noise-cancelling headphones can’t be beat. Switch out the background noise for long commutes, and let your dear traveler enjoy a little peace and quiet.

Better Photography.

Space is always an issue when traveling, and must be reserved for the true necessities. Unless the traveler on your list is really into photography, they probably won’t have space to cart around a professional camera and all the associated gear. Instead, they probably rely on their phone for all their image needs. Why not give them the gift of improved photography, with a simple cell phone lens? Choose from fisheye, wide angle, and much more.

Fun & Memorable Maps.

There’s something fun and novel about the idea of visually marking all of the places one has traveled on a map. Check out these scratch-off maps, letting the traveler in your life relive their latest adventure when they scratch off each trip they’ve taken.

Hassle-free Accommodations.

Is the traveler in your life planning an upcoming adventure across the US? Why not treat them to a hassle-free stay at one of our extended stay properties, located in 22 states across America? Our affordable rates and fully furnished rooms are perfect for those in need of stays of a week, a month or longer.

What are your favorite travel gifts to give and receive?