Christmas Holiday Travel Tips

It is almost Christmas, and for some families that means braving the airport and flying to see their extended family. Getting through the airport experience with your sanity intact can be difficult by yourself, let alone wrangling your whole family through it. Do not panic, we have you covered with our tips for surviving the airport during the holidays. 

Arrive Early

Everyone says to arrive early at the airport, but how early can differ from person to person. Normally we would recommend arriving at least two hours early, but holiday travel can make lines much longer than normal. Consider arriving 2.5-3 hours early to make sure you do not miss your flight. While the lines might not be that bad, it is better to be safe than sorry, especially with how expensive missing a flight can be.

Be Prepared

The best way to smooth out the airport experience is to be prepared. We recommend printing out your tickets ahead of time, or download the app to have your boarding pass ready to scan from your phone. That way you can skip the check-in desk and go straight to security. Make sure to have your ID and tickets ready as you go through security. Make sure to wear as little metal as possible to minimize the amount you have to take off and put on. Have everything ready to go through security before you get there, including taking your shoes and belt off as you approach the front of the line. 

Pack Smart

If you are not checking a bag at the desk, you need to think carefully about what you are packing. Check that everything in you and your family’s carry-on bags adheres to TSA rules, and make sure that everyone is adhering to TSA’s liquids rule. Also, make sure that everyone’s bags are within the airline’s weight and size limits. You do not want to delay your trip and spend extra money by being forced to check your bag for being too large.

Bring Snacks

While you cannot bring most liquids through security, nearly all snacks are allowed. Bring snacks from home to minimize the amount of money you may end up spending on expensive airport food. If you have kids, snacks can be a great way to keep them from getting cranky and stressed from travelling. 

Mail Your Holiday Gifts Ahead of Time

To cut down on the amount that you either have to check or keep in your carry-on, consider mailing your presents to your destination ahead of time. While shipping might cost money, the amount you spend is negligible to the hassle and stress that you will be saving yourself. You can purchase insurance for your more fragile or expensive gifts, ensuring their safe travel.

Have a Plan for Delays and Cancellations

Make sure that you and your family are prepared for any flight delays or cancellations. Winter can be a terrible time for travel as snow and other weather conditions can cause hiccups in your travel plans. If you have kids, make sure they have something to keep themselves occupied for long periods of time, such as books, toys, or games. 

Check Seat Assignments

This one might seem minor, but when flying with family, check your seating arrangements ahead of time. There is no feeling worse than getting on the plane and finding out that you are sitting in a completely separate row than your children. Checking ahead of time can cut down on stress and make sure that your family stays together during travel. 

This Christmas, The Safety Council of Palm Beach want to make sure that everyone is able to enjoy the holidays without having to deal with too much stress or frustration. You can help us cut down on holiday travel stress by sharing this article with your loved ones to help spread the word.

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