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Taking the Bah-Humbug Out of Holiday Travel

ROAD TRIP: There is a method to the holiday travel madness. Today on The JetSet Family, we’re sharing tips and tricks for holiday road trips thanks to our sponsor, @Chevrolet.

This post is sponsored by Chevrolet Traverse.

As much as I love seeing family and friends during Christmastime, I still can’t wrap my arms tightly around the road trip part. I know the “big man” is making a list and checking it twice, but I can’t lie: The very thought of spending more than two and a half hours in the car is enough to get my tinsel in a tangle. There is a method to the holiday travel madness, I promise. In fact, I swear on my favorite ugly Christmas sweater there is.

I recently heard about the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse. Ummm…did you know it is equipped with available 4G LTE Wi-Fi®*? And just like that, driving this awesome mobile hotspot over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house with the fam sounds like a plan. The roomy midsize crossover is not only comfy and spacious, but also rides like a dream.

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Did someone say “road trip”?

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Tip #1: Pump up the jams

You can never go wrong with a rocking playlist filled with your favorite holiday tunes. Every major recording artist has a Christmas album nowadays, so there is a song out there for everyone to enjoy and sing along to.

Tip #2: Christmas wrapping

Consider shipping your gifts ahead of time, or do one better and celebrate the holiday by giving gift cards to everyone.

Tip #3: Be responsible

Don’t give in to chaos, and start planning sooner rather than later. Get an early start and give yourself as much time as possible.

Tip #4: Overload on travel games

Some of our favorite road trip games are the ones I played as a child. I still can’t get enough of the license plate game (make sure to bring a pad and pen) and 20 questions.

Tip #5: Charge it!

Make sure to juice all electronics before you hit the road. This includes all phones, tablets, and mobile charging stations.

Tip #6: Cash is king

I’m guilty of perpetually breaking this rule. Please learn from my mistakes, and always carry a small amount of cash on you because you never know when you’ll need it. It’s better to have it and not use it than to need it and not have it.

Tip #7: Fill ‘er up

Gas up the tank the night before your trip and make sure to double-check both the oil and tire pressure.

Tip #8: The munchies

Even if you are planning to stop for a sit-down lunch, it’s still a good idea to pack a bag with snacks for the family. We opt for no-fuss, easy cleanup selections like mini water bottles and pretzel packs.

*Requires a compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. 4G LTE service available in select markets. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations.

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Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Founder + Creative Officer, Nicole Standley, shares her favorite trends in travel, food + wine, fashion, health, and fun on The JetSet Family and is a long time travel + lifestyle contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post, and Hilton Hotels. She is a brand ambassador for Netflix and O, The Oprah Magazine, and has been named Top Family Travel Blogger by Trip Advisor and Red Tricycle. Follow her on Instagram at: nicoleDstandley

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5 COMMENTS
  • Kate December 7, 2015

    Great tips! Driving long ways in the car can definitely be a chore at times, but your suggestions pretty much ensure a successful, stressful trip! You’re right–sending gifts ahead of time makes a huge difference!

  • Robin December 7, 2015

    My rule is to pull over and stay the night at a hotel before the family turns sour.

  • Dana December 8, 2015

    Great list of road trip tips! I always have to pack plenty of snacks. My kids might have just eaten breakfast before we left the house, but 10 minutes down the road and they are STARVING.

  • سلك مواعين December 10, 2015

    Amazing tips for Christmas, thank u .

  • Kirsten December 12, 2015

    Great tips! We always gas up the night before to save time. Love having wi fi in the car. It certainly makes time fly by!

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