Traveling Tips for Holidays
Traveling home for the holidays is a tradition many of us follow. Navigating train stations, airport security, flights, and highways during the holidays can be traitorous. The mass amount of people traveling can be very stressful and overwhelming. But traveling home doesn’t have to feel like this. Making it home sanely using these tips:
Avoid a hangry you by having food at hand that you enjoy. You won’t have any need to wait in a massive line and will be able to navigate to your gate and relax while you are waiting for boarding. While this may feel odd, and unacceptable in airports, it is perfectly normal, and as long as you follow TCA regulations possible! When packing your own food, remember to adhere to the rule that liquids must be less than 3 oz. What that means is yogurt is not acceptable in most cases. However, you can have chilled food easily. You can either freeze some of your food or chill your preparations in the back of the bottom shelf of your refrigerator. This is the coldest spot and will chill your food as much as possible without freezing it. My favorite snacks to bring are fruit, nuts, and sandwiches. Food tastes significantly blander in the air than on the ground, so be sure to bring tasty snacks that are full of flavor.
Did you know that most airports and train stations have filtered water stations available to fill up water bottles? No more paying $10 for a 20 oz. bottle of water! Now you can bring an empty container, and fill it up after you make it through security.
Leave early and take your time. People will be in a rush, trying to push past you in frustration. Don’t indulge in this practice. Instead, plan to leave earlier than usual to allow extra time to get through security and find your gate or station. When we know there is plenty of time to board it is difficult to get caught up in the rush-rush of holiday travel.
Use essential oils to promote relaxation and reduce the impact of stress, such as lavender, bergamot orange, and chamomile. Place 1-2 drops in the palm of your hand rub your hands together and cup your nose and mouth. Take a deep breath in using a count of 10, and breath out using the same count after removing your hands from your face. Repeat several times. The olfactory system absorbs more aromatic properties than any other area & allows you to enjoy the benefits without impacting others.
American College of Healthcare Sciences. Blog. https://info.achs.edu/blog
*Originally published in The Sigma, November/December 2019 edition