6 Tips to Travel Like a Pro and Stay Stress Free for the Holidays

6 Tips to Travel Like a Pro and Stay Stress Free for the Holidays

With over 100 million travelers expected this holiday season, traveling for a last minute photo or video shoot may have you in a bah-humbug mood. With overloaded airports and roads, stress and delays seem inevitable, but we have a few simple tips that will help you breeze through travel during the holidays.

Pack Light

Ideally you want to pack only one piece of luggage. If you are flying you might want to think about a sturdy bag and even better if you can fit all your belongings into a carry-on. Going without checked luggage means less time and stress at the airport. Make sure you have all your medications and important documents and a change of clothes in your carry-on case.

To get everything you need into one bag try using cool products like packing squares and cubes. These travel essentials allow clothes to stay folded and neatly packed in their own ‘small drawers” streamlining your packing. If you are flying with presents, remember to not wrap them ahead of time as TSA agents will just unwrap them.

Cancel Out the Noise

We can all use a moment to ourselves to relax, especially when traveling. Noise-cancelling headphones are useful for drowning out airplane ambient noise. Your head will thank you!

Avoid Getting Hungry

Being a hungry traveler is never a good idea. Remember to pack snacks and drinks so you will be fueled up and ready for your trip. Definitely grab something to eat before you board the plane just in case you end up sitting on the tarmac for longer than you anticipated.

Stain-Removing Pen

When traveling, you may not have access to a washing machine and we all know stains and spills are bound to happen. Make sure to pack a stain-removing pen to keep your clothes looking fresh. I also love traveling with a Febreze spray bottle, they come in 3 ounce plastic containers which are perfect for airline travel.

Pre-load Entertainment

Download any music or movies onto your phone or tablet before you head out. Pack essential electronics like phones, chargers, e-readers, and cameras in a place that is easily accessible.

Bring Non-electronic Entertainment

Travel delays are common during the holiday season, which means you and the other hundreds of people on your flight will be facing off for the very limited number of power outlets at the gate. If your smartphone or laptop dies and you can’t recharge it, you’ll be glad you brought a book or a few Sudoku puzzles to keep you entertained.

Remember to Keep the Holiday Spirit. A little smile and positive attitude goes a long way!

Do you need help with a last-minute shoot? Or, language needs while visiting a foreign country?

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Non-profits Helping Us Make Meaningful Human Connections Globally

With the holidays fast approaching it is the perfect time to remember what this time of year is all about. While decorations, festive dinners, and non-stop shopping sprees are icons of the season, connecting with people is at the core of what makes any holiday special. Below is a list of notable organizations that help touch people’s lives in areas of health, human rights, education, youth outreach, and disaster relief. Giving to those in need is what brings us all a bit closer together throughout the year.

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Direct Relief works to improve the health of people living in high-need areas by strengthening fragile health systems and increasing access to quality health care in 70 countries around the world.
Donate: https://secure2.convio.net/dri/site/Donation2

 

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Doctors Without Borders help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.
Donate: https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm

 

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Donate to victims of the Nov. 13th Paris Terrorist attacks. Donations made in honor of the victims will therefore support Foundation de France’s new program “Give For France” dedicated to support organizations addressing the needs of the victims of the attacks and their families and healing from terrorism and radicalization, through educational programs and citizenship initiatives.
Donate: http://fdnweb.org/ffdf/donors/how-to-give/

 

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Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. They combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.
Donate: https://secure2.convio.net/hekein/site/Donation2?df_id=1860&1860.donation=form1

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MAP International is a global health and relief organization that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and develop healthier families and communities.
Donate: http://www.map.org

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UNICEF works to give a fair chance in life to every child, everywhere, especially the most disadvantaged. From distributing lifesaving aid to children in the aftermath of World War II to fighting Ebola, UNICEF has been working for children for almost 70 years.
Donate: http://www.unicef.org

 

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The United Nations Foundation dedicates themselves to reducing childhood mortality from disease, advocating for the rights of women and girls, improving disaster relief, creating a clean energy future, and ensuring a strong, well-funded UN.
Donate: http://www.unfoundation.org/how-to-help/donate/

 

A few organizations that are near and dear to the Global Media Desk team:

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Be The Match is a global leader in bone marrow transplantation. They conduct research to improve transplant outcomes provide support and resources for patients, and partner with a global network.
Donate: https://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Donate-financially/
Volunteer: https://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Participate/Volunteer/

 

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Caterina’s Club serves over 1,800 low-income children a nutritionally balanced meal of freshly made pasta and vegetables 5 nights a week all year long. Over 1 Million meals have been served and rapidly counting.
Donate: http://www.caterinasclub.org/how-to-donate/
Volunteering: http://www.caterinasclub.org/getinvolved/

 

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Friends & Helpers provides support and encouragement for the women, teens and children (and sometimes men), all of whom are trying to help themselves out of a violent, hurtful situation.
Donate: http://www.friendsandhelpers.org/donations/
Volunteering: http://www.friendsandhelpers.org/volunteer-information/

 

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The objective of Meet Kate is to support needy children and their families in the area of Gomoa and Agona district (Ghana) in their basic needs and right.
Donate: https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/9259/meet-kate-foundation/

 

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International Medical Corps is working to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.
Donate: https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/donate

 

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The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies
Donate: http://www.icrc.org/eng/donations/

 

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MOAS (the Migrant Offshore Aid Station) is dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing professional search and rescue assistance to people who find themselves in distress on high sea or trapped on unsafe vessels.
Donate: http://www.moas.eu/donate/

 

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