The holiday season is all about being with family and friends, for many people that means having to travel. It’s easy for the large number of cars, luggage and frantic travelers at airports during this time of year to make a stressful travel experience even more unpleasant. However, taking certain steps can create a smooth trip for you and your family from the time you step foot in the airport to the time you arrive back home. If you’re traveling this holiday season, be safe and keep these travel tips from Tiger Leasing in mind!
Avoid Peak Travel Days
According to a travel article from Yahoo, travel experts predict that this season’s worst days to travel will be November 24 and 28, December 24, 27 and 31, and January 2 and 3. If possible, plan your travel for days other than these. Not only are airports busier on these days, but airfare costs are generally higher, too.
Stick to Early Morning or Late Night Flights
There are a few benefits of booking flights either early or late in the day, the first being that there are generally fewer people at the airport during these times. This means less congestion and frustration when checking in and going through security. Another benefit is if your flight is cancelled and you have an early morning flight, there should be no problem finding a different flight for the same day.
Always Arrive Early
Missing your flight is the last thing you want to do, so it is recommended you arrive at the airport about an hour and a half to two hours early. This gives you plenty of time to check in, check your bags, get through security and get to your terminal. Remember, arriving too early beats arriving too late any day. Don’t start your vacation out by watching your plane leave without you on it!
Avoid Checking Bags
If you’re only traveling for a few days, you may want to consider packing light enough so you can fit everything in a carry-on bag. Depending on the airline you’re traveling with, checked baggage can cost extra. However, carry-on bags typically cost nothing, you can avoid waiting for your luggage when you land and you don’t have to worry about your bag of clothes, gifts and other important items getting lost. Just remember TSA’s 3-1-1 rule for liquids, aerosols and gels in carry-on bags and check with your airline for all rules and regulations.
Don’t Wrap Packed Gifts
If you’re traveling during the holidays, there is a good chance you plan to bring a few gifts with you. It is ok to pack wrapped gifts in your luggage but according to TSA, they may need to unwrap your gift to be screened.
“Wrapped gifts are screened just like any other item. We can see through the paper just like we can see through luggage, but just as we have to open a bag when it requires a search due to an anomaly or an alarm, we have to open wrapped items as well if they alarm or require additional screening.” –TSA Blog
Instead of packing wrapped gifts in your bags, you may want to consider shipping gifts or simply packing gifts in your luggage unwrapped.
The holiday season is meant to be a joyful time spent with friends and family, which is why traveling should only make your holidays happier! Do you have more tips to make traveling a breeze? Share them with us in a comment below, on our Facebook page or tweet us!
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