Holiday Travel Tips

The holiday season is upon us and many of you will be traveling to see your loved ones. If you’ve traveled before you may have taken a few mental notes and tips how/what to pack, when to go and what to avoid. For those of you that do not usually travel during the holiday season, we have some tips for you.

 

Dos

Reserve Airport Parking

Airport parking lots will fill up and if you’re not close enough to take a Lyft, Uber, or Taxi, you may be out of luck. Save yourself to headache and reserve a spot at a shuttle service. Your car will be safe, and the service can bring you right to the airport, so you don’t have to worry about driving around the busy drop-off areas.

Pack Light!

If you can, take only a carry on. This will simplify your airport trip because you won’t have to check a bag or wait for baggage claim. Bonus Tip: stack all your clothes on top of each other and then tightly roll them up. This will save so much space!

Bring Provisions

Especially if you’re traveling with kids. Don’t forget to pack snacks, games, books, magazines, or your iPad. Also make sure your electronics are fully charged before traveling so you don’t have to worry about finding a seat near an outlet in the terminal.

Use Your Phone Wisely

Many Airlines have their own mobile apps which can help you save time. You can easily download your boarding pass and flight information, so you don’t have to worry about losing it! They can also remind you to check in. You can also use your phone for services such as Uber and Lyft for traveling as well.

Leave Extra Time

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather wait than rush especially if I’m entering an airport! Even if that means you’re in the airport for an hour or so before your flight. Airports have come a long way in the last few years so waiting around isn’t so bad. There are cafés, bar, shopping (last minute gifts? No problem!), and even massage areas.

 

Don’ts

Don’t Procrastinate

It’s so obviously but so true. You can miss out on deals, reservations, and even your flight (or train). Waiting to do important things is always risky.

Don’t Travel on Peak Days

Peak days mean lots of people and heavy pricing. You’re also just asking for a headache.

Avoid Ticket Counters

Avoid waiting in long, painful lines at the airport ticket counters. Use the airline mobile app (if possible) or one of the kiosks at the airport to keep things flowing and going as smoothly as possible. Thankfully there have been many helpful advances in boarding passes and e-tickets.

Don’t Forget

Don’t forget to have your boarding pass before you get to the airport to avoid ticket counters. You can print them from your email or download an airline mobile app. Also, don’t forget your essentials like ear plugs and charging cables! There’s nothing worse than waiting on a delayed flight when you forgot your earplugs or your charger.

Don’t Pack Items Not TSA Approved

No one wants to be standing in line only to realize that gifts they’ve packed are not TSA approve and cannot be allowed on the plane. Remember liquid and gels must be no more than 3 ounces and stored in a clear zip-lock bag. Other food products may also be subjected to inspection.