Traveling any time of year can be a pain depending on where you’re going and who you’re traveling with, but it gets especially worse during the Holidays. That month and a half span from just before Thanksgiving to just after the New Year can be hectic, but only if you let it. Of course, you can’t help the long lines, the drives to and from the airport, the delays, potential cancellations, and other unhappy travelers, but you can always try and make the best of the situation, especially with a top ten list of tips for traveling this time of year. Good luck!
10. Actually Get to the Airport On Time
It’s tough to leave early and make sure you have everything, but it’s imperative, especially if weather is an issue. To speed up this process and make it a smoother transaction, try checking in online to print your own boarding passes and if possible, try to avoid checking luggage.
9. Don’t Drive Yourself
If you’ve got a neighbor or relative looking after your home, mail, etc., while you’re away, maybe they’d be good to ask if they can give you a ride to the airport as well. Of course, this depends on your departure and arrival times, but everyone has that generous someone in their life who can take the time to drive you.
8. Make Good Use of Your Smartphone
You may be leaving your dog at home, but your smartphone wil become your best friend while you’re traveling. Any apps regarding flight times, travel times, weather, etc., can be very useful and helpful and can actually help you to be less stressed.
7. Get a Free First Class Upgrade
If you have to endure a travel delay or a longer stop between flights, you might as well find a way to get comfortable. VideoJug offers some interesting ways to get yourself a free first class upgrade. These tips and tricks might not work for your entire family but for yourself and/or your significant other, you’d be surprised!
6. Ship Your Bags (and Food)
With high bag-checking fees, poor care, and sometimes even theft, you might be better off just shipping your bags home, especially if you need to bring liquids with you.
5. Avoid Honeypot Rogue Wi-Fi Networks
Not all free Wi-Fi is good Wi-Fi, and even if you’re on a good Wi-Fi network you want to make sure you keep your computer safe. Just be aware of the networks you choose and makes ure to not to check on anything too confidential while you’re utilizing that network.
4. Prepare for Problems With Your Children
If you’re traveling with your kids, it’s always a little more difficult, especially the younger they are. Don’t forget to pack books, games, and even videos to keep them busy. Don’t forget to keep them fed, or always carry some snacks they love. Your travel experience will be much more uneventful.
3. Take a Benadryl
Do not abuse this medicine. Simply, sleep through your entire flight, and the day will go by much quicker than anticipated. Not to mention, you may prevent yourself from catching someone else’s bug. And let’s face it; sleeping your way through a flight looks much better than wearing a face mask.
2. Make Your Own Custom Luggage Tags
If you can’t identify your bag in some way, then customize your luggage tag, for easier spotting when retrieving it. Especially if you have a a standard black or navy suit case. Ribbon, stickers and anything with bright colors that stands out is useful in easily pointing out your belongings.
1. Avoid Delays When Going Through Security
If you travel with a laptop, make sure to have it out and ready to be scanned, unless you have one of those TSA checkpoint-friendly laptop cases, then you don’t have to remove your computer from it’s bag. Try to travel in sweats, so you only have to remove your sweatshirt and shoes. Those who like to look fashionable while traveling have to remove their jewelry, belts, coats, shoes, hats or head pieces, etc. How annoying. Don’t be one of those people.