Take the Stress out of Traveling this Holiday Season

By: Jana L. Davidson, Education Content Specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation

They say, “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” For some, home is a short drive, while for others it can be a long trip. As the holiday season approaches, planning travel to visit family and friends can lead to added stress and anxiety. From selecting the best method of travel to worrying about weather conditions, several factors can make planning your trip a challenge. To help keep stress levels low and excitement levels high, careful planning can help you prepare for whatever comes your way.

Let’s make sure your holiday season is filled with special memories and cherished traditions. Follow these five tips to avoid additional stress and ensure safety is kept in mind all the time while you travel.

  1. Check the weather. No matter if traveling by air, rail or car, the weather can cause unexpected changes to your plans. Allow time to leave earlier if needed, so you do not feel rushed and can account for delays and detours.11-718_roadwaysafety_3412
  2. Stay healthy and avoid the spread of germs. In both preparation for and during your travel, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Wash your hands frequently and carry hand sanitizer for when you cannot get to soap and water. Pack medications to prepare if a cold or flu arises during your trip, so you are not frantically seeking a pharmacy.
  3. Assure your vehicle is travel ready. If traveling by car, start out with a full tank of gas and make a stop at your local auto shop to ensure your car is ready for the journey with properly inflated tires, functional breaks and working headlights. Pack both a first aid kit and disaster supply kit including blankets, flashlights and batteries to use in the event of an emergency. Give the road your full attention when driving and avoid distractions such as cell phones, eating or fidgeting with the radio or other settings. Always make sure everyone in the car wears their seat belt.
  4. Stop and stretch. Whether sitting for long periods of time on an airplane or in the car, moving around is important. If traveling by car, frequent rest stops can help give you a break from driving and help you stay alert.
  5. Alert others of your travel plans. It is important to keep others in the loop of your travel plans, including your route, so they know when to expect you and where you are at all times. However, be careful what you post publicly on social media to protect your home from intruders while away.

This safety message was brought to you by the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. For more information on safety or details to host, donate or volunteer at a local Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in your community, visit www.progressiveag.org or call us toll-free at 888-257-3529. Since 1995, more than 1.5 million children and adults have been impacted by our program.

Photo: Numerous safety and health topics, including roadway safety, are taught at Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® throughout North America.