10 Tips for Smooth and Breezy Holiday Travel

Alexi Mintza and Kate Duff, style-savvy founders of the travel-friendly e-commerce site 3Floz.com share their time-and-sanity-saving tips for smooth holiday travel.

Check in online beforehand. Not only to choose your seats, but if you’re checking a bag you usually save on fees by paying ahead. Arrive at the airport earlier than usual, even if you’re carrying on. There are always longer lines around the holidays at security.

Save space in your bag by wearing your heaviest clothing. Bulky sweaters and coats make great pillows and blankets.

Pack your beauty, grooming and personal care items, as well as an extra pair of underwear, in your carry-on so that if luggage is delayed or lost you can still look and feel your best. We created our custom Kits by 3floz.com exactly for that reason (From $30.00, 3floz.com).

If you’re bearing gifts, order them early and ship directly to your destination (with specific instructions not to open until a certain date, of course). If you’re bringing gifts, the TSA will probably un-wrap them, so buy pretty gift bags and tissue paper that lay flat in your bag to save space and time.

We never travel without a multi-use balm like Air Repair’s Rescue Balm ($12.00, 3floz.com), especially in the winter. It can be used wherever skin is dry, from lips to cuticles and elbows and it locks in moisture for hours. Kate also uses it as a gentle eye makeup remover.

If you’re checking a bag, identify it with more than just a luggage tag so you can spot it easily. A bright colored ribbon is always obvious (and you’ll probably have some already for your gifts).

Set reminders to yourself in late summer/early fall to book travel tickets well in advance to get the best rates and seats (exit rows have more leg room). We also try to book early morning flights because we’ve found them to be less crowded and less likely to be canceled or delayed.

Pack filling snacks. Oranges are always a good choice because the smell is a proven mood lifter and helps to relieve stress of annoying seatmates. We also love David Kirsch Wellness Co’s Super Charged Greens ($65 for 30, 3floz.com) since it’s hard to find healthy vegetables in airport terminals!

Always have hand sanitizers with you when you travel. Alexi always carries on Herban Essentials naturally antibacterial and antiseptic towelettes in lavender, lemon and peppermint scents ($15.00, 3floz.com) for everything from her hands to the airplane seats.

When traveling internationally make sure to have copies of your passport, travel documents, emergency contact info and extra currency in different bags in case one is lost or stolen.

Tips Courtesy of 3Floz.com Co-Founders Alexi Mintz and Kate Duff