Travel Smarter: Happy Holiday Travel

If you've traveled during the holidays, you know that what a frustrating and stressful experience it can be. Some things you can't control: the interminable line at airport security, hours-long standstill traffic as you try to drive through a major city or arriving in Florida to find out your luggage is somewhere over Kansas. What you can do is make extra preparations to ensure your trip won't be derailed.

While you are likely to encounter a higher volume of travelers and possibly inclement weather, here are some considerations for planning and preparation that help mitigate common holiday travel woes.
Do a little research when you're booking flights. Finding the best fares and the easiest airports to travel to and from as well as likely delays of certain routes and flights can save you time and money. It might be worth paying a little extra for a direct flight or scheduling a long layover to avoid missing a connecting flight.

Hitting the road? While you can't predict everything that may happen, being prepared with food and water, a first-aid kit and some emergency supplies (flashlight, road flares or reflectors, a few blankets, etc.) will help in case of severe weather, car problems or an accident. Preparing your vehicle prior to your trip — having a fully inflated spare tire, up-to-date maintenance and everything in good working order — will limit the risk of having to hit the brakes on your trip.

However you travel, get your travel vaccinations (if applicable) and bring extra medications, a basic travel first-aid kit, address tags (placed both inside and outside your luggage) and your DAN membership information — it's better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them.
Time to Travel
When departure day arrives, you'll have a much better start if you are rested. Get up early enough to not be in a rush leaving your house and with enough time to get to the airport even earlier than usual if you are flying. Taking healthy snacks can keep you energized and help you avoid the high cost of airport food. The Transportation Security Administration has a helpful list of what you can bring in checked and carry-on bags at

If you have a long wait, dress comfortably and walk around or stretch. You'll feel better when you have to sit in an airplane seat for a long period of time, and you'll lower your risk for deep vein thrombosis, a potentially dangerous condition for some people that can be more likely when sitting for long periods of time.

If you are bringing gifts, don't wrap them if they are in your luggage — you may find them unwrapped after they have been through security — or try to ship them ahead if possible; you might save money and prevent the disappointment of a broken present.

For parents traveling with children, especially young ones, do whatever you can to make things easier while you are traveling. For most days of the year your kids eat balanced meals and avoid too much screen time, so don't beat yourself up about throwing out the rules for a few hours. It might keep down the stress levels for you, your child and your fellow passengers.
Let DAN Help
As a DAN® member, you are already enrolled in DAN TravelAssist. If you are 50 miles or more from home, whether you are diving or not, we can help you with medical expenses, prescription assistance and even medical evacuations. Do you need to send an emergency message, get a cash advance for a medical emergency or recover lost or stolen items? Get help by calling the DAN Emergency Hotline at +1 (919) 684-9111. Find out more at

Consider insuring your trip. DAN Travel Insurance offers coverage for medical expenses, trip cancellations and interruptions, and lost or delayed baggage — on an annual basis or for a single trip. Learn more about DAN Travel Insurance at

Happy holidays and safe travels from all of us at DAN.

© Alert Diver — Q4 Fall 2018