The holidays are a beautiful time of the year, filled with family, friends, and lots of memories. However, despite all of the great things about the holiday season, it often requires the need to travel.
If you're not prepared for it, traveling can be completely draining and exhausting, not only making for long days, but also cutting into your vacation time — and nobody wants that. To help you out, we've rounded up five travel hacks that will help you stay sane while traveling this holiday season.
1. Pack Yourself Some Healthy Snacks
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Whether you're driving or flying, having a stash of some healthy snacks can be a lifesaver. Packing a couple bags of raw almonds, granola, and dried mangoes is an absolute must. They'll help keep your energy up as you travel.
2. Drink Water Constantly
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Considering about 60% of the body is made up of water, it's imperative that you keep replenishing your body throughout the day — especially when you're traveling! Flights and long car rides can dehydrate the body quickly, so make sure you're getting your 8 glasses worth and then some.
3. Prepare Multiple Playlists
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Music has the power to change our outlooks and attitudes, so create a few playlists for yourself that serve different functions. Start with an upbeat playlist for when you want to feel pumped up and a peaceful playlist for when you need to zen out.
4. Go Digital Where You Can
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Not only do tons of paper printouts harm the environment, but they're also just a huge hassle to stay on top of while you're rushing through terminals and navigating new destinations. Just about everything can be done digitally these days, from boarding passes, to documents, to maps, so make use of that smartphone or tablet you invested in!
5. Organize, Organize, Organize
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There's nothing wrong with a little spontaneity when you're on the go (in fact, it's most often the most memorable part of any trip!), but that doesn't mean you shouldn't come prepared with all the information you need ahead of time. You don't want to waste time while you're traveling, so having planned your routes and stops along your journey beforehand will come as a big help.