Planning and traveling during this holiday season can be challenging with the recent health concerns of COVID-19. But even without those concerns, traveling can be stressful for you and your wallet. But, it doesn’t have to! We’ve put together this guide that will help you to not only travel safely this holiday season but also travel smart and stress less while doing it. These travel tips and tricks will lighten the load on your wallet and lower the level of your stress while keeping you safe and healthy.
Health & safety must be put first this holiday season – for you and your loved ones.
If you are unwell, stay at home! If you have experienced COVID-19-like symptoms in the past 72 hours, consider having yourself tested prior to leaving for your trip.
Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to check the current regulations and mandates that are in place in the destination you’re traveling to.
When traveling this holiday season, be mindful and be sure to follow CDC guidelines and regulations including wearing a face mask and washing your hands frequently.
In a day and age where technology is at its prime, what better way to use technology to your advantage and reduce stress during your travels! Check to see if your overnight accommodations have an app so you can easily check-in and reduce contact with others. Two other great apps to use while planning your holiday travel are Hopper and Gasbuddy.
When planning and preparing for your flight, there are a few things to remember that will help you lower costs, stay safe, and reduce stress.
*Pro Tip* Look into TSA PreCheck. You can save time and reduce stress by skipping the TSA line and not having to remove shoes, belts, liquids, coats, etc. The application only takes about 5 minutes online. Be sure you allow for 2-3 weeks before your holiday trip to receive the approval information. This membership is valid for 5 years so it’s well worth the spend!
When planning your road trip this holiday season, let us help you make it the best road trip ever!
Most airlines will allow you a carry-on that fits under the seat for FREE. Think savvy and try packing only must-take items into a large backpack or travel bag that will fit under your seat. Pack a few mix-and-match clothing options that can be washed while you’re traveling. (Bonus: InTown Suites offers on-site laundry facilities at its properties for your convenience.) When you arrive at your destination you can purchase toiletries needed –more on that later!
*Pro Tip* When flying, consider rolling your clothes, putting each day’s outfit into a ziplock bag, and pressing out the air. You can fit twice as much into a backpack as if you just fold your clothes.
*Pro Tip* Find a big box store like Walmart and grab the toiletry items you need for the length of your stay. You should also grab snacks and meal items to stock up on in your room. You can have some meals in and have snacks for your trip home.
We want to be sure you don’t forget anything for your trip! Here are some of the commonly forgotten items to check-off your packing list before you leave:
Again, avoid extra baggage fees and costs. If you’re planning to travel by air and have Christmas or Hanukkah gifts to transport too, you’re better off planning to ship those via regular snail mail or UPS. The key here is to plan in advance! Get your packages to the post at least a week or two before you arrive and have a designated friend or family member to ship to. You will end up saving yourself over $200 and no stress when going through baggage checks!
Not to toot our own horn too loud, but InTown Suites is a great and inexpensive option when it comes to affordable hotels or lodging while traveling this holiday season. We have properties all over the country that offer weekly low rates that are typically lower than standard hotels in the area, even if you only plan on staying a few nights! We have in-room kitchens that include full-sized refrigerators, two-burner stove-tops and microwaves. Staying in and making your own meals is a great way to save money, here are some delicious Thanksgiving recipes you can make right in your room!
Using these tips and tricks are sure to make your holiday traveling safe, stress-free and money saving. We hope that you enjoy the time with your loved ones this holiday season!