Sometimes traveling home for the holidays can be more of a burden than a joy. Here are nine things you need in order to survive and enjoy a holiday at home:
1. Stretchy pants – Prepare yourself for mama’s good cooking. The holidays, known for causing people to gain weight, is not something to hide. Own it with stretchy pants and treat yourself.
2. Business cards – Not the average business card with contact information, but one full of answers to frequently asked questions. What are you studying? Are you dating anyone? What are your future plans? With answers to these questions on a convenient card you can hand to everyone, you do not have to worry about repeating the same things over and over again.
3. A calming CD – Contention between family members? Just plug in some happy Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square or maybe even some Enya. Good music is an easy way to ease the soul and bring love back into any home.
4. Phone charger – It is good to unplug but also good to stay connected. The key is finding the right balance, especially when you are around friends and family.
5. Headphones – Whether you are flying on the plane or driving the way home, headphones are essential for jams, and jams are essential for maintaining sanity. It is not often that a full-time college student receives alone time. Take advantage of the time you do have, or if nothing else, stay entertained during your travels.
6. An air pump – To re-inflate your ego after deflation by the occasional insensitive comment. Do not take it personally, they probably mean well.
7. Toothbrush – Not only do you need to keep those pearly whites clean, but no one wants to talk to the relative with bad breath.
8. Hand sanitizer – The holiday season also happens to be flu and cold season. Be safe and bring the Germ-X.
9. A crowbar – Your family likely missed you while you were away, and they will miss you when you leave. This might make goodbyes hard. Bring a crowbar just in case you need to pry your relatives off of you.