Planning on flying during the holidays this year? Traveling for the holidays and vacations can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience. Thanksgiving week starts off the busiest time of the year for air travel. According to Airlines for America, they are predicting 27.3 million air travelers around the world will be traveling on the Thanksgiving holiday alone. That translates to 2.3 million passengers a day. The busiest airports during Thanksgiving, according to the trade group, are: Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, New York’s JFK, Denver International, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Charlotte and Phoenix. So if you happen to be traveling through these airports, or any airport in the U.S., listed below are travel tips that will help you get through security with the least amout of stress and more holiday cheer.
- Enroll in the TSA Pre-Check program to get through security much faster.
- Arrive at the airport early, at least 2 hours before your flight.
- Make sure all liquids are 3.4 ounces or smaller, or they must be checked. Pack bigger bottles of wine and alcohol in your checked luggage.
- Wear easily removable shoes, kids under 12 do not have to remove their shoes.
- Keep your boarding pass and ID out during the security check process.
- If you are traveling with gifts, it is better to either ship them to your destination or to put them in your checked luggage. If you decide to carry them on, there is a chance they can be unwrapped for additional inspection.
These are just a few tips to help you get through security with no hassle. Just remember to be respectful to the TSA agents, listen to their instructions and have as much patience as possible. For more information on getting through security stress free, check out the following TSA sites TSA Pre-Check and TSA Travel Checklist.
The holidays are a great time to travel and visit relatives, friends, or to just get out of town for a family vacation. That means the kids are coming along and that can definitley be an added travel headache for parents. Nap schedules thrown off, confined spaces, and overstimulation are among a few of the problems that the liitle ones will experience while flying. Here are just a few tips to help you get to your destination with your sanity in tact.
- Prepare and plan and then prepare and plan some more.
- Talk to your child before, during, and after the flight. Keep them excited and let them know exactly what is going on.
- Stay organized. Pack them their own bag so their stuff is easily accessible.
- The Dollar Store is your best friend before flying with children. Go and buy little toys, coloring books and crayons, and stickers for them without breaking the bank.
- Bring their favorite movie on an iPad or portable DVD player. A lot of parents try to limit screen time, but when traveling….all limits are off.
- Make sure you have plenty of their favorite snacks.
- Dress them comfortably with easily removable shoes.
- Most passengers get it, they understand that kids will be kids, as long as the parents are doing their best to control their child. Just smile and thank them for being understanding. Keep in mind, you will never see these people again.
- Keep a positive attitude, but also be mentally ready for setbacks, they will happen.
Don’t let traveling during the busiest time of year ruin your vacation. Don’t sweat the things you can’t control. Make winter vacations and holiday travel enjoyable by keeping these holiday travel tips in mind. Be Safe and Happy Holidays!