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Five Things To Remember When Traveling For The Holidays

Posted on: January 22nd, 2016 by grandave No Comments

It’s that special time of year. Family gets together, the house seems a little cozier and everyone is looking for some well deserved down time. In a perfect world, the holidays would be that easy. Unfortunately, we all understand that the reality of the situation is this: getting there will be a hassle, no matter where you are traveling to.

Here’s our advice on what not to do while traveling during the holidays:

5. Don’t expect the airport parking lots to be easy to navigate

This year, Christmas and New Year’s falls on a Wednesday. That means that travel will be a bit more spread out than usual but it also means that those easily accessed spots near the shuttle pick up will be taken for a longer period of time. In addition, there will be less staff on site during the holidays which will account for less shuttles/longer wait times and bigger lines.

4. The less baggage, the better

Airports can turn even the nicest person in to a curmudgeon and nothing seems to get people more outraged than the fight for overhead bin space. The holiday means more stuff – both to and from your destination – so pack light be aware that those $25-50 baggage fees just may be worth it. There are many families that make their Christmas lists well before the week of and go buy the actual gifts when they arrive. Utilizing sites like Amazon.com can also help for your gifts to arrive before you do.

On that note, if you do travel with your gifts, leave them unwrapped. It is a guarantee that Security will take the wrapping paper off when you go through the line.

3. Charge your electronics

 Many of the major airports across the US have thankfully renovated their waiting areas to allow fore more charging spaces for passengers. Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell which airports have made those accommodations. Don’t chance it; keep your cell phone on the charger as long as you can before arriving at the airport.

2. Be Comfortable

Skip the tight clothes, grab your Uggs and don’t bother with the perfume/cologne. Remember that even if you are flying South, wear some layers in order to ensure you don’t get chilly on the plane. Layering also helps to ensure there are fewer items in your bag, leaving room for souvenirs and gifts. Be comfortable and ready for all weather.

1. Whenever possible, fly direct

The longest, worst, most unending bad weather delays always occur during connection flights. No friends or family homes to retreat to and nowhere comfortable to sit. Planning your trip ahead of time will save you some money and get you a seat on the best flight for your destination. Weather delays happen at this time of year- we all know that- and you’re best bet is to try to be three steps ahead of the crowd.

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