Holiday Travel

The holiday travel season is fast approaching, and that means millions of people… all over the place. We know you’re probably getting a little anxious just thinking about it, but we’ve got some simple and helpful tips to get you through it.


Yes, there’s such a thing as “travel etiquette,” and it may be pretty hard to follow when you’re stuck on a plane between two crying babies after having to pay to check your carry-on because it was too heavy. However, do your best and your travel experience won’t be so bad.

Get there early

No matter where you’re going this holiday season, get there early. This way, you won’t be running around trying to catch your flight, bus, etc. and you’ll save yourself (and others) a big headache.

Be aware of what’s around you

No one likes the distracted person who runs right into people, or the person who fails to notice a public pathway and sits right in the middle of it. Airports will be busy this season, and things will go much smoother if you pay attention to what’s going on around you. You’ll avoid collisions, frustrations, and being “that person.”

Be nice

It’s as simple as that. The holidays can be a wonderful, happy time of year, but they can also cause frustration, stress, and panic. By simply being nice to others, you’ll not only make yourself a little happier, but you may make them a little happier as well.

Staying Healthy

With millions of people packing into airports, planes, buses, taxis, hotels, and more this holiday season, it’s safe to say you’re going to be exposed to a lot of contact. Stay healthy and in good spirits by following these simple rules:

Wash your hands

Wash your hands thoroughly whenever you can to get rid of germs and bacteria. If you can’t reach a bathroom, make sure you carry hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes to get the job done.

Make good choices

By making good choices like maintaining a healthy diet (fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, etc.), getting the right amount of sleep, and cutting back on things like caffeine and alcohol, you’ll give your immune system a boost and keep away germs and viruses.

Don’t touch your face

Illnesses can enter your body through your mouth, nose, and eyes, so prevent yourself from touching these areas excessively and you’ll reduce your risk of getting sick.

Packing Tips

We know you want to pack everything you own, but you need to resist the urge. Follow these tips for an overall better travel experience.

Keep it light

Whether you’re traveling by plane or by car, packing light is always the best way to go. You’ll have less to carry, less to try to fit into tight spaces, and less to worry about. Only take what you truly need and pack clothes that you can mix and match to create several outfits.

Prep your luggage

Before you check your luggage, make sure it has your name, address, destination, and flight number. Some people even print out their itineraries with a copy of their telephone number and put it in the front pocket, just in case their luggage gets lost.

Take a sweater

Even if you’re going to Hawaii for the holidays, pack a sweater and make sure you keep it with you on the flight. Airplane temperatures tend to be unpredictable and you probably don’t want to be using (or have to pay for) a blanket – especially if it’s not in a sealed bag (germ alert!).

Road Trips

Some of you may be traveling by vehicle this year, so it’s important that your car is in good condition and ready for the road.

Compensate for gas prices

Keep in mind that while gas prices tend to go up around the holidays and you may have to pay a little more than you’d like. To compensate, pack your own snacks and drinks so you don’t have to pay for things on the road.

Get the best gas mileage

By using your cruise control, inflating your tires to the right PSI, and avoiding quick acceleration and hard braking, you can get some satisfactory gas mileage out of your car.

Ready-to-go checklist

Before you head out, make sure to check these things:

  • Wiper blades (make sure they’re clean and in good condition)
  • Oil (change if necessary)
  • Tire pressure (too high or too low can be trouble)
  • Spark plugs (replace them for good measure)
  • Headlights/taillights (make sure you’re not in need of a bulb)

And remember – if you’re flying out of Newark, make a reservation with our Newark Airport parking company!