The holidays are a magical time of year. Reuniting with family and friends to celebrate can help you make memories that will last a lifetime. In today’s travel environment, getting to your holiday destination can be stressful. A chaotic atmosphere can be unsafe for your physical and mental health. Planning ahead for travel can ensure a smooth, safe journey and happy holidays for all.

Make your travel arrangements well in advance.

Knowing how you will be traveling to your holiday destination will help you arrive there safely. When flying, airline tickets may be more costly and less convenient when purchased right before the holiday. Monitor the best days and times for the lowest rates. Consider flying into a cheaper nearby airport if it is more convenient. Plan your flight or driving time around the days and times that will be best for you and those meeting you at your destination point. If you will be traveling with children, allow plenty of time to address their needs during the journey.

Traveling for the HolidaysPack wisely.

Regardless of mode of transportation, packing light is usually the best way to go. If traveling by plane, keep important items with you in your carry-on luggage. A change of clothes, medications and any other necessities should be packed in the carry-on in the event of lost or delayed luggage. When at all possible, it is best to limit checked luggage. Consider buying a new travel kit from The Art of Shaving if your previous one is depleted or worn out. Plan ahead for transporting gifts, as this can become costly when traveling by plane. Delays or lost luggage can mean the loss of valuable gifts and dampen holiday spirits. Look for other gift options.

Have larger gifts shipped ahead to your destination.

If you will be exchanging gifts at your holiday destination, consider sending gifts ahead of your arrival. Online ordering is a great option for those traveling over the holidays. Purchase your items and have them shipped directly to your holiday destination. Ask your host to store the gifts as they are delivered.

Shop ahead for small items.

When selecting holiday gifts to bring to your destination, the best gifts for travel are small, lightweight items. Allowing plenty of time for shopping for the right item that fits your traveling needs will help ensure a less hectic holiday. Things like gift cards, jewelry, or “stocking stuffers” will take up very little space in a carry-on bag and are optimal for holilday travel.