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How to make your trip plans go easier and avoid delays when traveling.

How to make your trip plans go easier and avoid delays when traveling.

• Avoid traffic by trying to pick an off-peak travel time to depart or return home. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and evening will likely be the most congested period for outbound traffic, and Sunday afternoon and evening will probably be busy for returning traffic.
• If you choose to travel at night or very early in the morning, make sure to get at least six hours of sleep. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. If you find yourself struggling to stay awake, pull over to a safe, lit area and take a nap. During long-distance car trips, try to stop every couple of hours to get out and stretch, which will help keep you alert as you drive.
• Plan your route before you leave and check traffic online.

• If you are flying to your destination, plan to arrive at least two to three hours before your flight departs to allow for long lines at check-in and security checkpoints. Check with your travel agent regarding how early you should arrive for international flights. Utilize the online check-in feature offered by all major airlines to check in, usually up to 24 hours ahead of time.

It’s Holiday Time!

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Coming up to holiday season across the North American continent.  Whether you like camping, fishing, hiking, going to the beach or RVing each holiday has the same challenges.

You will need a mode of transportation to get you to your destination.  Here are some tips for travelling in your own vehicle.  RV, Camper, Car, Motor Bike.

  • Make sure that your vehicle is well-equipped for travel. Breaking down in the dark, in bad weather, or in the cold can crush the holiday spirit. It’s a good idea to take your car in for a summer “check-up.” Your mechanic can inspect hoses, battery, windshield wipers, and other hot weather components. You also want to be sure that your tire pressure is at the recommended levels, as tires can be hazardous in wet weather when they are filled to improper levels.
  • Ensure that you and each member of your family have a communications plan that includes telephone numbers of essential contacts, and a way to contact them (either a cell phone or long distance calling card).
  • Inform a friend or family member of your travel route, destination and expected arrival time.
  • Have a photo ID for each person traveling, including children. If a proper identification card is not available, take a picture with important contact and health information written on the back. This is especially true if you are traveling with guests such as a friend of your child.  Make sure you have medical contact information and medical plan information for each person you are traveling with.
  • Pack essential emergency supplies in your luggage, including a flashlight and extra batteries, a small first aid kit, essential medications and copies of prescriptions.
  • Always carry emergency supplies in your car, including a flashlight and extra batteries, blanket, a small first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable foods, maps and flares.
  • Check local weather forecasts from your route and destination. Make adjustments to your route, timing, clothing and supplies as necessary.

Above all arrive safe and have fun traveling. Oh and don’t rush you are on holiday. Enjoy the trip.

A link for ideas to keep kids occupied while traveling.

http://choosetothrive.blogspot.ca/2011/07/summer-road-trip-2-diy-travel-games.html

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