The holidays are suddenly upon us, which means lots of fun with friends and family, but often also means traveling at the busiest travel time of the year!  If you’re going to be hitting the road for Thanksgiving or the winter holidays, check out this advice on how to make it less hectic:

Send things ahead. Between the weather and gift-giving, it’s hard to pack light at the holidays, so if you’re flying, consider sending a bag ahead via Fedex Ground. Since airlines now charge fees of at least $25 for checked luggage, it might not cost much more to Fedex the bag directly to your destination instead of lugging it along on you trip. If you are bringing gifts (whether hostess or holiday) to your destination, have them wrapped and sent directly to your destination.

Dress for the journey. Get as comfortable as you can without looking sloppy. Check out my previous post on How to Dress Right for a Flight (which applies to car and train travel too). If you’re flying, wear socks and a pair of shoes you can easily slip on and off at security.

Travel at strategic times. If you are traveling by car for Thanksgiving, check out the Google Maps team’s tips for avoiding holiday traffic. One take-away: You’re better off driving home Sunday than Saturday!

Bring great entertainment: Splurge on a new book that you’re dying to read (or an audiobook, if you’re driving) or download a brand new movie or series to watch on your laptop. I’ve heard great things about the World War II novel  All the Light We Cannot See. An engrossing story will make the hours fly by and you’ll be at your destination before you know it!

Happy (and safe) travels!

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