Although the holiday season is full of joy and celebration, it often takes a lot of work to get there. We get it, you need to know how to save time during the holidays. At the same time, if you plan ahead, holiday tasks can seem a lot less daunting. So relax, soak in these tips, and let the de-stressing begin. Here’s how to save time during the holidays:
Purchase Your Gifts Online
This is a simple solution for minimizing tons of stress. Think about it – no time spent in lines, no parking lot stand-offs, and no worrying about Target’s game console inventory. Oftentimes e-tailers will guarantee arrival by Christmas day. Another plus? It comes in a box. Cut it open, grab the receipt, and tape it back up. From there just throw on a bow or some wrapping paper and call it a gift.
Prepping For The Airport
Although the airport may be crowded and unpredictable, there are ways to make the struggle a happier, healthier process. First off, try to avoid airport purchases all together. Especially if you’re not in the mood to stand in the queue of a lifetime. You’ll save some money and can determine what to bring beforehand, so go high in protein to keep you from getting hangry (hungry & angry all in one). Beef jerky, peanuts and dried fruit are all great options, and good to munch on throughout the flight. While you’re at it, pack some travel games for the kids. It’ll keep them entertained and jumpstart the holiday fun right there!
Leave Christmas Gifts Unwrapped
Due to safety precautions, which are especially high during the holiday season, TSA officers just might rip open your sister’s beautifully and meticulously wrapped present. To avoid such a downer, leave your gifts as is and wrap on arrival. You’ll get some peace of mind knowing your gift isn’t being pushed around in carry-on. Another option is to ship your gifts. Doing so ahead of time can’t go wrong, and allows you to relax immediately upon arrival. One last option – gift cards! Anyone can pick out the perfect gift, right?
Stay Connected With Apps That Work For You
Stock up on the latest travel apps. They’re designed to help along the way, so let them! TripTracker allows you to view real-time updates for flight delays, baggage numbers and more, straight from your mobile device. While GateGuru gives you real-time updates on security wait times – a particularly important one for the holidays. Flip through the app store and see what can help.
Travel At These Times
Stick to the early bird flights or late evenings to get to your destination smoothly. Statistics prove earlier flights have greater on-time performance, which means you’ll also have a better chance of rebooking if you have to. In addition to that, be proactive if you must rebook! Every minute you wait, another seat will be filled. This is not the time to be picky. The process is free so just do it!
In a nutshell – the holiday season means expect the unexpected and give yourself plenty of time. Once the travel rush is over it’ll make for great stories over Christmas time. What’s the holiday season without a little eggnog mixed with craziness?