Arriving Safe and Sound


The Holidays can be a stressful time for a lot of people. With the traveling, in-laws, gifts, cooking, and all the endless cleaning, things can get quite hectic. However, with a little preparation you can eliminate a lot of those stressors.

As much as we at Blaine Bowen would love to cook and clean for you, sadly, we can not. So instead, we have compiled a list of traveling tips that are sure to take a lot stress out of your Holiday commute.

If you are driving

  1. Leave early. There is nothing worse than running around and worrying that you will be late. Speeding is never the answer!
  2. Don’t overpack. We want you to get wherever you are going safely. That means being able to see out the back of your car and rearview mirror. Make sure your windows are clear of any obstructions.
  3. Remember your GPS and cellphone. No one enjoys getting lost.
  4. Use a traffic app such as Waze or Google maps to search for the quickest routes.
  5. Find cheap gas with GasBuddy or Waze.
  6. Follow the rules of the road.
  7. Pack a few snacks for the ride. Snacking on something can make the ride seem less monotonous.
  8. Pack a car safety kit. You can find a lot of safety kits online or in stores, but here is a website that will give you a list of good options to include in your own kit.
  9. Find out when the best and worst times to drive are here.
  10. Use caution in work zones. Drive slow and stay smart.
  11. Take breaks. If you are driving with other people create a schedule when everyone will drive so no one gets worn out while driving in bad conditions.

If you are flying

  1. Again, leave early. The airport can be very stressful if you are running late. Make sure to arrive early to ensure that you do not miss your flight.
  2. Don’t overpack. Luggage is getting expensive and you don’t want to be slammed with an outrageous fee if your bag weighs too much. If you are prone to overpacking, Amazon offers many handheld luggage scales you can purchase.
  3. Remember your cellphone and charger. Airports offer phone chargers for purchase, but they may cost you an arm and a leg.
  4. Pack a few snacks. You are able to bring food through TSA, but leave the water bottle at home.
  5. It is flue season so make sure to bring hand sanitizer or anti-bacterial wipes. Remember, your luggage is touched by a ton of people, protect yourself!
  6. Know your airport. To avoid adding extra stress and time to your travel schedule, familiarize yourself with your airport. Try and find your terminal and gate ahead of time and know the quickest way to get to it.
  7. Consider TSA Pre-check. By far the best money I have ever spent on travel! I am TSA Pre-checked and it makes security a breeze! To find out more about the TSA Pre-check process click here.

Nut-free Trail Mix

Need a little help with what to pack as a snack? Check out this awesome recipe for a nut-free trail mix that is sure to please everyone! Not only is it delicious, it is also beautiful!!


To make this amazing trail mix you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (juice sweetened if you can find it)
  • 1/2 cup shaved or shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried berries

Mix all the ingredient together and this recipe will yield about 2 1/2 cups of trail mix. You can also get creative with this trail mix and add some other flavors in as well. I always find dried mango and banana to be a road trip favorite! To read more about this recipe click here.

For more travel tips and tricks check out our Pintrest page. We have stocked it full of snack mix recipes, packing tips, and road trip essentials!

From Blaine Bowen to you all, have a very happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!

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