As spring approaches and the weather gets nicer, more and more people will be planning travel and hitting the road. It is the perfect way to chase off the winter blues. While traveling is my idea of a great stress reliever, I do know that travel itself can be stressful. It doesn’t matter if you are visiting family for Easter or flying off to a tropical spring break paradise, taking a little extra time to prepare can turn an OK vacation into a great vacation. I am excited to partner with Pepto-Bismol to share some tips on getting prepared for spring travel.
Traveling for the Easter holiday or during spring break can be a little trickier than taking your average summer vacation. The weather is still a bit unpredictable. You might still have some chilly days or evenings, followed by warm and sunny weather the next day. The airports and highways are sure to be extra busy. If you want your spring travel to go a little more smoothly, it is best to take a little extra time to prepare, before leaving the house.
Getting Prepared for Spring Travel
Boost your immune system. Winter travel may coincide with the cold and flu season, and can add a miserable element to your winter travel, but spring has its own challenges. Like a lot of people, I always seem to catch a cold as the season is transitioning from winter to spring. Flowers are beginning to bloom and pollen is in the air again. Spring allergies can be a real downer while you’re on vacation. Before setting out on your spring break trip, you might want to stock up on some allergy medications. Also, eat a healthy diet and start taking plenty of Vitamin C to boost your immune system. As you head out to new areas, often times you encounter germs that your body might not have come in contact yet that season, making your more susceptible. Since most germs spread by contact, be sure to have hand sanitizer readily available during your trip.
Prepare for over-indulgences. Most people consider vacation a time to indulge. I am personally guilty of ordering an occasional late night dessert from room service, during my travels. There are always new foods to try and places that offer one of a kind treats. When packing for your trip, be sure to pack some Pepto-Bismol liquid or chewables. I always tuck some Pepto-Bismol Chewables into my carry-on bag when I travel.
Travel safely. If traveling by car, I highly recommend paying a visit to your local mechanic for any needed vehicle maintenance. Make sure your tires have good tread, that the brakes are in good condition and that all of the fluids are topped off. Always make sure you have a roadside emergency kit in your trunk, and carry a first kit in your glove box or carry-on bag. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Pack plenty of water and snacks. It’s important to stay well hydrated while traveling. Spring travel can call for long hours at the airport or on the road. The last thing you want to deal with is a hungry family. So especially when traveling with kids, you’ll want to have plenty of healthy snacks and drinks on hand.
Pack for changing weather. Packing for a beach vacation is easy. Throw in a couple of bathing suits and some flip flops, and you’re set. The problem with spring is that the weather is still unpredictable. It might be warm today, and freezing tomorrow. When packing for Spring travel, you’ll want to be sure to have something for all weather. The easiest way is to pack to wear layers, keeping in mind that there will most likely be sun and rain during your trip. Don’t forget to pack a sweatshirt or two. Even if the days will be warm, the nights can still get chilly.
Leave Early. Bad weather, busy roads and airports can easily throw a monkey wrench into your travel plans. Whether you are traveling by road or air, leave at least an hour early. Getting through airport security is likely to take longer than normal, and you are sure to be caught up in some traffic congestion at some point when traveling by car.
Whether you are traveling by car, plane, bus or train this spring break, be sure to bring Pepto-Bismol along. I’ll have my bottle handy. Here’s a Pepto-Bismol coupon you can use! Follow the #PinkRelief hashtag for more tips.