As a critical training base for new US Army Soldiers, it's easy to gloss over the fact that there are thousands of soldiers and their families permanently stationed at Fort Leonard Wood. While many are preparing to welcome their Soldiers-in-Training home for the holidays, we wanted to focus on those families of service members who will making a visit to The Fort instead.
If you have family or friends who plan to visit you throughout the holiday season, be sure to forward this post their way!
Holiday Travel Tips:
1. Getting to your destination doesn't have to be a hassle. Avoid crowded roads and stressed out drivers by flying directly into Fort Leonard Wood via the Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport. Our daily jet service gets you from St. Louis to Fort Leonard Wood in about thirty minutes.
2. When it comes to holiday travel, it is well known that you should book early to get the best prices. When flying into a small regional airport, however, booking early is necessary to ensure you get a seat on your desired travel day. We highly recommend booking your flight as soon as possible!
3. If you are lucky enough to have a flexible schedule, avoid traveling on peak days. Flying in a few days prior to the holiday might save you time, money, and stress.
4. If you plan on renting a car or staying in a hotel, make sure you book those reservations early, as well. In a rural area, there are fewer options on where to rent and where to stay, so book early to ensure your top choices.
5. Pack light. To help ease your stress throughout your travel day, pack as lightly as possible. If you are giving gifts, don't forget that you can ship them directly to the recipients home and that you don't have to pack them with you. If you've given yourself an extra day or two in town, even better, as you can wrap and package them up yourself after you arrive!
6. Smile. Whatever happens, remember to smile. It's a stressful time for everyone and everyone is in just as much of a rush to see their family as you are. Kindness and grace can go a very long way.
7. Check out local events. Be sure to learn about all of the fun upcoming events in Pulaski county here
and on Fort Leonard Wood here