Posted by: Kelley Dees | December 14, 2010

Holiday Travel Tips

The busy holidays are upon us! Are you traveling somewhere this year? I’m headed back to Alabama to visit family! We’ll be traveling through two of the busiest airports! All of this travel talk has me thinking about some tips to make travel easier, safer, and faster.

  • If you’re flying, get to the airport at least 2 hours before your flight is scheduled to leave. This will give you plenty of time to check your bags and get through security without having to worry about missing your flight.
  • Don’t over pack. If you are planning on being gone for longer than a week, plan to do a load of laundry mid-trip to save space and not have to pack as much!
  • Be aware of luggage rules & regulations. Most airlines have regulations on the number and size of bags you can check and carry on…check before hand to save yourself the headache of leaving things behind or being charged expensive fees!
  • Plan for meals. If you’re driving, you may have to stop for meals a few times. Save money on drinks and snacks by packing your own instead of buying them at the gas station, where these items can cost more than double what you’d pay at a grocery store. Pack healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables since you’ll probably be eating fast food for meals.
  • Gas up your vehicle the night before you travel. This will save you time and prevent an extra stop before you leave.
  • Bring diversions, especially if you have kids! Magazines, books, music players—whatever you need to get through the inevitable delays you’ll face.
  • Be sure to charge your cell phone BEFORE you leave! I left my charger at home last time I traveled for business…when I arrived at the airport where I was supposed to meet my husband, my phone was dead! Few of us carry cash anymore, so getting enough change for the $3 (yes, $3!) payphone was tough!
  • Carry cash! If you end up needing to use a payphone or have other miscellaneous expenses, you can save yourself a headache (and ATM fees) by carrying a limited amount of cash. Many stores won’t allow credit/debit purchases under $5, so if all you need is a $1 bottle of water, you may be out of luck!
  • If you know you’ll need long-term airport parking, reserve a spot ahead of time. Many airports offer this and you may be able to get a deal too!
  • Do not wrap gifts! While this may be a tough one, it’s very important! Even in checked baggage, security may have to unwrap them for inspection. Consider using gift bags, as items can easily be removed and they don’t require a last-minute wrapping job at your destination!
  • If you’re leaving pets at home, be sure you’ve made accommodations for them. If they are traveling with you, check out this article on Traveling with Pets.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from Independent Traveler.


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