Whether you’re flying or going on a road trip, these tips will make life easier and travel less stressful! In addition to some of my personal tips I’ve found helpful, I have asked a Delta Diamond status flyer for some of his top tips for traveling. He has made over 140 flights this year alone. These are some of the most helpful travel tips that you’ll actually want to remember. I know a lot of people travel around this time of year for the holidays, so hopefully you’ll find this as helpful as I have!

Tip #1: Roll, Don’t Fold

You will save so much space by rolling your clothes instead of folding them. I have tried to pack without rolling my clothes and restarted packing because I was wasting so much space. If you are still struggling with not having enough room, packing cubes are very helpful!

Tip #2: Pack Light

You don’t need to pack as much as you think. I know it seems like you’ll need two outfits a day, 3 bottles of perfume, a back up toothbrush, a makeup stand, hangers, and four purses, but you really don’t. I am the queen of over packing. I know the struggle. Pack minimalist. Another thing to keep in mind is if you’re traveling within the States and forget anything, you can always stop by a store for it.

Tip #3: Have an Itinerary

Have a schedule or even a good idea of what you’ll be doing. This will help you pack what you actually need, take away from the stress of figuring out what to do, and can help you budget-plan. Plus, it’s always fun to know what to look forward to!

Tip #4: Be Download Ready

If you’re flying, not only do you want to download your airline’s app, but also their entertainment app. Not all planes have entertainment centers on board, but no worries if you have it all on your phone or tablet!

For road trips, don’t forget to download music, movies, etc. before you leave. This way, you can save data when you’re not connected on the road. A good ole book (or activity books for littles) never hurt anyone either. 😉

Tip #5: Check Your Layover Times

This tip is especially important for winter traveling! If your layover is 30 minutes, that could be taken up by your plane de-icing or weather complications. Before you purchase your tickets, make sure you have sufficient time for your flight connections. Missing a flight or rushing through the airport can make things a lot more stressful. Although you can’t avoid every possible scenario, you can take steps to avoid them.

Tip #6: A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

Take the time to apply for TSA pre-check! The membership lasts for 5 years and will save you hours at security check, which will come in handy those days that you’re running a bit behind schedule. Besides, who wants to take their shoes off in the airport?

Tip #7: Frequent Flyer?

If you know you will be making multiple flights in a year, fly with one airline. Most have reward programs for frequent flyers. You could end up saving more money than you would hopping around different airlines. Status matters!

Tip #8: Uber Could Be Better

Depending on where you’re going, you could save much more by using Uber rather than renting a car. If you’re only going to a few places, call an Uber: no gas stops, paying for parking, etc. This is where having an itinerary would be helpful! Consider how much driving you’ll actually need to do, and if a rental is necessary.

There you have it! Eight travel tips you will definitely want to remember.

Now that Christmas break has started, you’ll probably see a little more happening on the blog. I love this time of year and all the fun things that come with it! Don’t forget the reason for the season with all of the hustle and bustle around: Jesus! Much more important than any travel tip or present! I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas season!

Until next time,