Overpacking, late arrival to the airport, long security lines, delayed flight, bumper to bumper traffic, cranky roadtrippers – do any of these scenarios sound familiar to you when you travel for the holidays? Whether you fly or drive to your destination, holiday travel can be a headache. But don’t worry; we’re here to give you some tips on packing and advice on how to make your airport/road trip holiday travel easier!

Packing Tips

We’ve all been there before: you’re only traveling for a few days but somehow end up packing for at least a weeklong trip. We get it – you need to have options when it comes to outfits and shoes. By the end of your trip you’re probably thinking “I’m never packing this much again!”

Don’t make the mistake of overpacking again by following these tips!

1. Choose a smaller bag
By not taking the largest luggage in your collection, you’ll be forced to pack less. But how do you fit everything in a smaller bag? Keep reading for some tips on how to save space!

2. Mix and match your outfits
Try to repeat certain clothing items like jeans. Reuse the same pair of jeans a couple of times by pairing them with different shirts and sweaters. You’ll save a lot of space by packing fewer jeans!

3. Pack less toiletries
Find out ahead of time if the hotel or host you’re staying with has shampoo, conditioner, soap, and other items. If so, that’s less you have to pack!

4. Pack less makeup
Try finding multipurpose products like a lip tint that can double as a blush. Also stick to smaller, travel sized products if you can.


Airport Tips

Traveling any time of the year can be stressful, especially during the holidays. According to Airlines for America, an estimated 27.3 million passengers flew during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday – that’s a lot of travelers! Enjoy a less stressful travel experience by following the tips below.

1. Arrive at least two hours prior to your flight
Holiday travel means even longer check-in and security lines. Save yourself some stress by arriving early and allowing yourself enough time to get checked in, get your bags checked and get through security with some extra time before you board.

2. Schedule an airport car service
Parking at Kansas City International can be a headache; you usually find yourself circling around the parking lot at least a few times before you find a spot. Once you do park, you find yourself waiting for the Blue Bus shuttle service to take you to your terminal which can take even more time. When you book airport car service through Overland Chauffeured Services, you’ll arrive safely with plenty of time to catch your flight. Our professionally-trained chauffeurs will assist with the loading and unloading of your luggage to save you even more time. We can even arrange to have a vehicle waiting for you at another airport in the U.S. or worldwide through our global transportation service!

3. Be prepared for delays
Depending on where you’re flying to, be prepared for delays due to winter weather. Pack a carry on bag with an extra change of clothes, toothbrush and toothpaste (travel size of course) and a few other toiletries to freshen up.


Road Trip Tips

Holiday road trips save you money and can be an excellent time to bond with your loved ones. With that said, it can also be stressful due to bumper to bumper traffic and winter weather. Learn how to stay safe by following the tips below!

1. Have your vehicle inspected
Before you leave for your trip, have your entire vehicle inspected to ensure everything is in great shape. You don’t want to hit the open road with poor tires or low fluid levels.

2. Map/plan out your entire trip beforehand
Do you know the fastest route to get to your destination? Will you be stopping overnight to rest? Do you know where gas stations will be along your route? By mapping and planning out your trip ahead of time, you’ll save yourself the headache of trying to find gas or hotel vacancy at the last minute.

3. Prepare for the worst
It’s crucial to be prepared in the event of a roadside emergency. Make sure you have a spare tire in your trunk should you get a flat. Also make sure you have your cell phone charger on hand as well as your roadside assistance contact information readily available.

By following the tips above, you’re bound to have a much easier travel experience whether you’re flying or driving. At Overland, we want to make sure your family stays safe this upcoming holiday season. If you have any questions about holiday travel and how we can make it easier, please
contact our friendly staff.

Happy holiday travels to all!