Hello from Contigo HQ –

It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is upon us and that can only mean one thing: a hectic travel schedule.

If you’re like us, you’re probably loading up on coffee to help handle all the hustle and bustle that can come with holiday travel. With our travel mug in our hands, we feel confident in our ability to power through anything thrown at us.

Here’s five tips to get through your travel schedule:

  1. Pack In Advance

Packing for you and packing for the kids can be tormenting. Did you remember their gloves? Did you bring a hat for them? Did you download enough shows on the iPad to keep them settled for the long plane ride?

So many things can go wrong when you’re in a hurry, so it’s important to pack ahead of time. No matter what, your departure date will likely sneak up on you, so start packing a couple days before. That way you won’t be rushing the morning of to make sure everyone brought a toothbrush.

  1. Don’t Overpack

We all do it. You pack too many clothes because you aren’t exactly sure how cold it will actually be. So you pack your suitcase to the brim.

Then when you’re packing to come back, there’s no room for all the new gadgets you got. So you have to cram, sit, scrunch and jump on your bag to get everything in there. Remember, just bring the necessities. You can always borrow or buy an extra item if needed.

Travel with your own snacks and water bottle during the holidays.

  1. Bring Snacks

There’s a good chance that while you’re traveling someone is going to hangry (hungry & angry). Avoid high priced candy bars and water and help the environment by bringing your own snacks and water bottle.

Not only are these cheaper options but will definitely be healthier depending on your tastes. Many airports now have water refill stations to fill up the empty water bottle you brought through security.

  1. Send Gifts Ahead of Traveling

Don’t bring your gifts on the plane. You’ll either be trying to fit the gift in an already crammed car or additional fees for the extra bag.

Avoid the headache by either sending them to your destination or, for you online shoppers, shipping them directly after you buy them. When you arrive, all you’ll have to worry about is setting them out to be unwrapped. Obviously, clear it with your host before.

(If you’re looking for ideas, we have some pretty nice options under $20 if we may say so ourselves.)

  1. Be Patient

There’s a good chance your flight will be delayed or you’ll get stuck in traffic getting out of town.

Take a deep breath and relax.

You aren’t getting there any faster by adding stress to the situation. Take a sip from your travel mug and know that you’ll be at your destination soon enough.

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