Holiday Travel Tips

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The travel season is here! Snowbirds head south to escape from their snowy, cold climates. People are traveling to visit friends or relatives for the holidays. Whichever category you’re in, smart planning and preparation are needed for hassle-free travel during busy season at airports. Here are some tips you should remember when planning your trip.

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Pack Light

The mistake most people make is overpacking. The burden of coming back with a mound of clean clothes to unpack and organize, is one that can easily be avoided. Lighten the load by packing clothes that are interchangeable options, and try not to pack clothes that are too bulky or heavy. Plan out the days you’ll be out of town, the different outfits you’ll need for each day – that way you will not worry about bringing any unnecessary clothes. Save even more room: If you are leaving for the holidays, have your gifts sent to your destination and wrap them when you get there. 

Check-In Online

To add ease to your trip, check-in online with your airline. Airlines typically open online check-in 24 hours prior to departure. This will make your experience at the check-in counter run much smoother. Choose your seats, boarding group, meals, or pay for any upgrades ahead of time. Read through any weight restrictions, fees, regulations, or if any documents are required by your specific airline. Doing this will speed you through the process.

Pack Snacks & Entertainment

Think ahead about what you might crave during your trip. Do you have kids or elderly family traveling with you? Think about what they will need according to the flight and layover duration. The markups on snacks at airports’ convenience stores can be astonishing, so you’ll really save yourself some money if you have them packed and ready. Don’t forget your books/magazines or devices and headphones. Think of different activities your children can use to pass the time, like crayons & coloring books.

Take Care of Your Home While You’re Away

You don’t want to spend your vacation worrying about things at home like plants, pets, and valuables. Have a relative or a friend check on your home once in a while, or have them stay there to look after things. Close and lock all of your windows and doors, and shut the curtains to block the view into your home. Turn your thermostat to a temperature that will be economical.

Get to The Airport Early

Avoid the stress of missing your flight by giving yourself enough time to check your bags, get through security, and even grab a bite or some coffee. It is recommended to arrive at the airport two hours before your flight for domestic flights, and three hours for international flights (more or less), although the time could be less for experienced flyers. Families traveling with small, infant children or elderly will get priority lines at check-in, security, and boarding.

Arrange Transportation Ahead of Time

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