It’s getting to be that time of year again—holiday travel is upon us! In fact, today, the day before Thanksgiving, is the busiest travel day of the year. Whether you’re preparing to fly cross country with the whole family to visit grandma, going on a snowboarding trip with friends or jetting off to a tropical island for some R&R (lucky duck!), here are some tips to help make your travels go more smoothly. Stay tuned for the second installment in our series of travel tips.
Bag It: Pack a small bag with the following items and keep it within arms reach: eye drops, nasal saline spray, hand lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste, hair brush, wet wipes and lip balm. We’ve found that using all of this stuff every few hours really keeps you from getting that haggard, dehydrated, I’m-on-a-plane-feeling. If you really want to feel luxurious, get Evian face spray—it’s heavenly!
Pack Earplugs and an Eye Pillow: They’re perfect for shutting out the crying baby and arguing older couple that seem to come standard with every long flight.
Don’t Forget Food: It’s easy to forget how disgusting airline food is and how hungry you’ll be until you’re on the plane looking at a smooshed, half-warmed sandwich and a wilted salad…if you’re lucky enough to get even that! Bring a few PB&Js (you’ll score major brownie points if you bring extras for your travel buddies), fruit, crackers and lots of water because you’ll need to stay hydrated.
Bring Your Own Entertainment: Teen Vogue, Seventeen and ELLEgirl become your best friends on a long flight, and a good book beats out watching a lame airline movie on a tiny screen any day!
Emergency Row: If you’re 15 years of age or older, always ask for an emergency row seat when you’re checking in. (You can’t request them when you buy your flight.) They have the most leg room so you can stretch out.
Get Comfy: A track suit is the perfect outfit to travel in; it will keep you warm and it’s as comfortable as PJs, but fashionable enough that you won’t feel like a dork in the airport. Flip flops are great for planes too because you can slip them on and off easily and they don’t take up much room. Just make sure to bring comfy socks to slip on when you get on the plane, because otherwise your tootsies will get cold.
Final Tip: Don’t sit by us, because we’ll talk your ear off/ask personal questions/giggle incessantly/make you play the “Who Would You Rather Kiss” game the entire flight.
Happy Thanksgiving and happy travels from all of us at etnies Girl!