Navigating Airports at the Holidays
Traveling around the holidays is challenging, to put it mildly. Airports tend to be extremely crowded this time of year, and with unpredictable weather mixed in,your next trip can quickly turn into a nightmare. While we can’t promise smooth travels, as experienced travelers, we can offer a few tips for navigating the busy season.
- Avoid peak days.Whenever possible, book your trip a few days before or after the masses. Fewer travelers mean fewer people to reroute if there are cancellations or delays.
- Leave early.Traffic, parking and security lines all may be much worse than you think, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to arrive before your flight.
- Skip the counter.Avoid any line you possibly an, and the easiest way to do that is to check in to your flight before you leave for the airport.Print your boarding pass if you like a hard copy or send it to your phone. If you’re checking bags, use the curbside attendants or the self-service kiosks inside.
- Pack smart. Don’t pack anything you don’t need. Of course, you don’t want to pack too light either, as it’s important to carry all the essentials… especially if your checked bags get lost or if you get stuck on a delayed flight. Make sure your carry-on has snacks, a backup charger, earplugs and a change of clothes.
- Skip the wrapping. If you’re packing gifts,resist the urge to wrap them before you travel. Whether they’re in carry-ons or checked bags, these gifts may be unwrapped by security. Instead, put any presents in a decorative bag, where it can easily be removed and still be ready to gift when you arrive.
Happy and safe travels!