Thanksgiving has come and gone… where has this year gone?! Suddenly there are Christmas lights, Black Friday ads, and Holiday music on the radio! I’m taking a short break from telling you about my wedding to give you a few thoughts to make your life easier as you travel for the holidays. Where are you traveling this holiday season?
8 Tips to Make Holiday Travel a Breeze
November 21, 2012
The holidays are some of the most hectic times of the year to travel, and with Thanksgiving finally here, you can expect the lines to be long and planes to be full. According to AAA, this year “43.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” and if you’re among them, you’ll want make sure you’re prepared to handle the crowds and the waits.
Here are 8 tips to help you save time and ensure your travel plans go through without a hitch!
1. Leave early. Give yourself more than enough time to get to the airport and through security and you won’t be stressed about missing your flight. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight.
2. Pack light. Not having to check bags will get you through the airport faster and avoid baggage fees. You’ll also decrease the chances of your luggage being lost. If you must check a bag, be sure to get to the airport early because lines will be extra-long and be prepared to pay a fee. A packing checklist will help you remember what you need to bring.
3. Make sure your home is secure. Set lights timers and security systems, make sure all side and garage doors are locked. Notify a trusted neighbor that you’ll be away, and ask the postal service to hold your mail until you return.
4. Print your boarding pass. Save time by printing your boarding pass at home or having it available on your smartphone, if you have one. Using the check-in kiosks at the airport can also to save you time and help you avoid lines.
5. Gas up. If you’re driving to the airport make sure you have plenty of gas in the tank to get you there and back.
6. Know your parking needs. Know the type of parking you’ll need and how much it costs before you get to the airport. Remember to keep your parking garage ticket in a safe spot!
7. Check your flight status. Especially if you’re making a connecting flight. Know your flight numbers and airline contact info. Check schedules ahead of time and be aware of delays and changes. Download a flight-tracking app to your phone like FlightTrack Free, FlightView, GateGuru or AirportZoom, or sign up to receive alerts directly from your airline.
8. Bring snacks and entertainment. Distractions help ease the stress of traveling. Especially if your flight is long and you have layovers or delays, and extra especially if you are traveling with children.