Fall is officially here and many are hitting the road to partake in some fall fun. Before you head out for your autumn adventure, check out our tips for fall travel.
Watch the weather report. Fall weather is notoriously temperamental and can change at the drop of a hat. Make sure you stay updated of the weather at your destination, and consider purchasing travel protection should you have to cancel due to severe weather. The only thing worse than canceling a vacation, is losing the money spent on said canceled vacation.
Pack appropriate clothes for the weather. In the early days of fall, hot afternoons turn to crisp evenings once the sun sets. Only packing for one or the other is certain to leave you sweating in your sweater or shivering in your sandals. Instead, bring pieces that can easily be layered and removed as temperatures fluctuate throughout the day.
Take advantage of off-season vacation perks. Many vacation destinations and tourist attractions suffer from a major drop in traffic during the fall. Call ahead to ask about specials, as many businesses are willing to make a deal or offer freebies to bring in visitors.
Consider getting a flu shot. We all try to dodge the sniffles and coughs during the fall, but there’s nowhere to seek cover when traveling by plane. Between the recycled air and fold-up trays that haven’t seen a thorough wipe down in ages, a plane is a breeding ground for a pesky flu virus. The CDC recommends getting a flu shot before travel during flu season, and it can’t hurt to keep anti-bacterial wipes or hand sanitizer nearby.
Get an early start in unfamiliar areas. If you’re visiting a new location, keep in mind that the sun sets earlier in autumn. If you’re not the best with navigating unfamiliar areas, you may want to work your way back to your lodging before dark. Even if you don’t want to call it a day, make sure you’re close enough to your accommodations to make your way back with ease after dark.
Pack essentials to keep up with the kids’ school work. Traveling with kids during the fall usually means they’ll miss a day or two of school. Be sure to make sure to pack what they’ll need to keep up with their assignments. A few school supplies and perhaps a lap desk, if you have room, are great to have handy. If they’ll need a computer and/or internet access, inquire about WIFI for your laptop or access to a business center.
Do you do much traveling during the fall? What fall travel tips would you share with others?