Going back home for the holidays? 4 things you should do now

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When you’re in college, there’s a lot to keep track of. Class times, homework, study groups, socializing, the list goes on. With all there is to think about, it’s understandable that making arrangements to get back home for the holidays sometimes gets left until the last minute.

But not this year. Consider this your reminder to figure out your plans for Thanksgiving and winter break now. You won’t want to do it when you have midterms and finals to study for and thesis papers to write, so check it off your list while things aren’t too hectic. Start with the four holiday travel to-dos below.

1. Sign up for an Amazon Prime Student membership. You’re probably wondering why this is essential, but trust, it is. When you have an Amazon Prime Student account, not only do you unlock fast, free shipping on thousands of items on Amazon (like, say, last-minute holiday gifts), but it also comes with other perks. One that’s especially relevant now? 10% off flights and hotels when you book using Student Universe.

2. Start researching flights. If you’re not familiar with Student Universe, it’s an online travel booking platform designed specifically for students. They offer flights at discounted rates, but you’ll save an additional 10% on top of those low prices if you’re a Prime Student member. If you’re planning on flying home for both Thanksgiving and winter recess, then you’ll definitely want to take advantage of this Amazon Prime Student perk to save some cash.

3. Assess your luggage situation. If your carry-on has a broken wheel or you’re still duct taping the strap back on your duffle bag, it’s time to buy new luggage. Obviously, Amazon has tons of options, and with your Prime Student membership, lots of those bags will ship in less than a week. That means you’ll have time to test them out and see if they’re right for you before you have to board the plane.

If you need a recommendation, this Amazon Basics 21-inch Black Hardsided Cabin Trolley has more than 25,000 ratings:

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And this Canway 65L Travel Duffel Bag is a popular option for a shorter stay:

Credit: Amazon

4. Line up your entertainment options. Even if your flight home is only an hour or two, you’ll still need something to keep you occupied while you’re waiting in the airport and during the ride. If there’s a book you’ve been meaning to read, use your Prime Student membership to score a Kindle e-reader for $45 off. Just use code KINDLE45 at checkout. As a Prime Student member, you also get two free months of Kindle Unlimited, so be sure to use that, too.

If you prefer to listen to music on your journey home, set up your Amazon Music Unlimited account. It’s only $0.99 per month for up to four years if you have an Amazon Prime Student account.

One last entertainment option? Use the flight to catch up on all the shows and movies you’ve been missing while you’ve been studying so diligently. Tons of Prime Video channels are less than $1 per month for Amazon Prime Student members.

If you can tackle these four items before the end of the month, you’ll be in really good shape to get home in time to celebrate with your fam stress-free.

If you liked this story, check out why it’s worth making the switch to Amazon Prime Student.

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