Many of us will be traveling this holiday season. I am looking forward to a 12-hour flight back to the US on two different airlines in a few weeks for Christmas break! *sarcasm*… I really am excited to get home, no matter what it takes! Whether you’ll be going through airports, train stations, driving this holiday season… No matter how you travel, take caution and pack a few essentials to make sure that you don’t end up sick during a time of fun, vacations, and holidays!
- Hand sanitizer: This is a given. I always think it’s important for everyone to carry hand sanitizer wherever they go. You never know when you will have to clean your hands, and there might not always be soap and water available. This is the next best thing while you’re traveling and touching all kinds of things.
- Water bottle: I ALWAYS carry a water bottle with me no matter what – whether I am going for a 5-minute drive down the road, or a 12-hour flight home. Water and hydration are essential for travel to ensure you don’t get dehydrated. It is easy for dehydration to occur while traveling. Pack an empty bottle to get through security, then fill it up in the airport/train stations afterward to save money on the ridiculous costs of airport products.
- Snacks: Anyone who knows me, knows that before a trip I make a stop at the grocery store and stock up. I love getting individually package snacks for easy access and storage while traveling. Staying satiated helps keep up your metabolism and, personally, keeps me from being overtired! Traveling is not fun when you’re hungry. My favorites are fruit snacks, granola bars, crackers, and cookies! This also helps to save money on those ridiculous costs mentioned above.
- Neck pillow: The night before I travel, I usually don’t get much sleep, whether it’s due to excitement or anxiety. I always make sure to have a neck pillow handy so I can take a quick nap whenever and wherever. Staying rested while traveling helps you to remain alert and in your right mind.
- Sweater: I ALWAYS get cold on airplanes, no matter where I am headed! When I forget to bring a sweater, I notice when I get to my destination, I feel a little stuffy and congested. Always make sure to have a light sweater handy just in case you get cold. Exposure to cold temperatures for prolonged periods of time can induce a cold that you do not want to have over the holidays!