December 10, 2010

Holiday Travel Tips!

Everyone is traveling at the holidays and the airport always seems to be a cranky place during such a happy time. I travel almost every week and pride myself on being a PRO at all things airports and travel.
So, my holiday gift to you... Travel Tips to make it through the season!

The most important rule when traveling at the holidays is to be prepared! I find that the most cranky people at the airport are those that are upset about the rules. (those that didn't pay attention to the rules before packing!)

1. Check in online! 
Some airlines charge less for baggage if you check in online and then you just have to drop your bag. Also, you are more likely to have a chance to pick your seat when you check in online. *Note:  American Airlines does not let you pay for checked luggage online. Skip the long line inside and do curbside check in with them. You should tip the guy outside but totally worth it!
2. Do not over-pack your bag. 
Almost every airline has a 50lbs limit on checked luggage. It will cost you a minimum of $50 extra for just one pound over! You can sometimes skirt by this rule when doing curbside check in but only by a few pounds. And remember that it is cheaper to check 2 bags (if absolutely necessary) then to have a heavy 1 bag. 
3. Do Not Wrap Presents!
Yes, even in your checked luggage. Chances are you can get away with it but they do reserve the right to unwrap your gift. Better to just wrap when you arrive. Cute holiday gift bags and tissue paper weigh nothing and are easy to pack.  
4. Food is still a Liquid! 
Sure it sounds awesome to fly back home with some of grandmas homemade jam but you'll have to pack it with the checked luggage. I know, I know... but better to have it in your checked bag than to get it thrown away! 
5. Arrive EARLY!
The lines are always long at this time of year. You will save yourself a lot of stress if you allow for this. Better to have extra time to kill at the airport than stressing that you may miss your flight. I say allow an hour and a half minimum at the holidays. 
6. Overhead Space is Shared Space!
If you board the plane first and put your coat in the overhead bin, someone may not have room for their actual luggage. Remember that coats can be hung in the front of the plane or on the back of your seat. Once everyone has boarded the flight then throw your coat up top. It's the courteous thing to do!
7. B.Y.O.B. & P.!!
Bring Your Own Blanket and Pillow! Those planes are NASTY and germ ridden! I travel with my own pillow and blanket. That can be washed!! The last thing you want is to arrive at Mom and Dads with a nasty cold!
8. Rules are different with Kiddos!
I don't have kids and I know it has to be SO MUCH HARDER to travel with them! However, my friends seem to have some awesome tips for travel with the Bebe!
Check out Hollywood Housewife and Mama Hussy for some amazing tips!
9. Always Pack You Favorites!
I have a list of things I simply must have when traveling. Sometimes you just need certain things to feel at home while on the road
10. Remember Why You Are Traveling!!
Sometimes we get so caught up in the logistics of things that our entire day is ruined by a bad mood. I don't understand why so many people are cranky when traveling. (I mean, I travel for work but who could be so cranky when off to the beach or grandmas!) It's the Holiday Season!! Approach the travel day with a more laid back feeling and don't stress. It will all be worth it when you are spending time with the most important people in your life!! 

Happy Holidays Friends! And Safe Travels!!

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