that time of year again! It’s time to pack up your mountains of dirty laundry
and travel home for Thanksgiving break. Some of you may be hopping in the car
and trying to beat the traffic, but many will be battling the record breaking
crowds at the airport or transportation center. Here are 5 tips to arrive at
Thanksgiving dinner with your sanity still intact.
1. Bring a snack. It’s Thanksgiving week, which means nearly every resident of this country is traveling somewhere this weekend... which means outside forces may prevent you from picking up your pre-travel snack. Plan ahead and make one (or all) of these delicious treats for the road!
2. Pack light. Chances are, you have less than a week off for Thanksgiving, so it's definitely possible to fit everything you need in one carry on. Don’t believe it can be done? Check out this awesome post on how to fit two weeks of stuff into one carry on. Checked bags often get lost, and you’ll wish you’d ditched that third pair of boots if your luggage doesn’t make home it until the day after Thanksgiving. If you’re taking a bus or train it’s even more important to pack light. It’s nearly impossible to get a big suitcase to your seat without taking out at least three innocent passengers.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, forget headphones. This is vital to maintaining your sanity. It’s a scientific fact-- the one time you forget headphones, you WILL sit in front of a crying baby the entire 8 hour bus ride. These will also come in handy this weekend, when you're sharing a room with your snoring parents.
4. Come prepared. Print all tickets and boarding passes ahead of time. Charge your electronics-- outlets on moving vehicles aren’t always reliable. Bring cash. Have your ID and wallet within easy reach. If you’re prepared, what could be a travel nightmare will just be a small hurdle on your way to a relaxing break.
5. Enjoy your last bit of alone time. Use this alone time to prepare yourself for all the family-related chaos coming your way. Luckily you can always sneak off to play with your new iPhone and avoid probing questions from relatives. That is... unless this happens...