Ahhhh, the holidays. A time for friends, family and lots of food. But before you get to enjoy all the fun and festivities that occur in the next couple of months, you have to get there. Did you know that an estimated 100 million Americans will travel by car, train, or air to visit family and friends between Thanksgiving and New Year’s?

The stress and expense of holiday travel is something that never seems to go away, but there are things that you can do to help minimize this undesirable aspect of the holidays. Planning ahead is always important when you travel, especially during heavily trafficked periods like the holidays. Here’s a look at some of FindLaw’s top holiday travel tips:

Paperwork: Getting all of your paperwork organized BEFORE you take off your destination will help to ensure that you have everything you need and save you time when you are actually en route to your destination. And if you are leaving the country during the holiday season, always make sure that you have your passport and other necessary travel documents in order and together.

Pack: Save yourself the headache of last minute packing and get everything together ahead of time. Like your paperwork, you are less likely to forget things when they are planned out, rather than thrown together at the last minute. Check the weather of your destination, and always be sure to know that you can and cannot bring in your luggage if you are flying.

Safety: Insurance coverage, cell phones and credit cards are three of the more important things you need to make sure are in effect and working wherever you go. In addition to those items, make sure you stay away from letting the social media universe know that you are leaving for the holidays. The bottom line is this: posting your vacation plans on social media is an open invitation to thieves.

Emergency: Planning for an emergency may seem superfluous, but the reality is that things can and do go wrong while you are gone and it is better to have a plan in place to handle the unexpected than nothing at all.

We hope you all have a happy and safe holiday season!

Michelle Croteau, Director of Marketing Communications
with Laura Strachan, FindLaw Audience Team

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