The holiday season is my favorite time of the year and it’s also the busiest travel season. We get to shop, eat yummy holiday inspired food and spend time with family and friends. To do this most of us have to travel, so here are a few holiday travel tips to help you navigate this busy travel season.
Get to the airport, train or bus station earlier than normal. Lines will be super long especially at security checkpoints. Arrive early to ensure that you’ll get through and make your flight on time.
Traveling with gifts? I strongly suggest you ship them ahead or shop when you get to your destination. If you must travel with gifts, travel with them unwrapped. It’s easier to get through security with unwrapped gifts. Nine times out of ten, TSA will unwrap your beautifully wrapped gifts just because (lol). Avoid it altogether and travel with them unwrapped. Click here for TSA’s rules and travel tips.
Watch this informative TSA video for more holiday travel tips…
It’s hilarious to me that I can pack a whole turkey in my carry-on bag but I have to check my jelly! (lol)
Pack light and roll with a carry-on bag! We should be doing this anyway especially during the holidays. Airports are crowded and baggage carousels are even more crowded. Professional thieves thrive during this time of the year and they love baggage carousels. Keep your eye on your Louis Vuitton luggage by keeping it with you! (lol)
Electronics tip: tape a business card (in 2 places) on your laptop/tablet. In the weird chance that you leave it behind at a TSA checkpoint they can contact you immediately to return it, hopefully before your flight leaves. BTW did you know that airports sell unclaimed electronics. I’m so heading to the 2 closest to me after the holidays to see if I can score a new laptop.
Our most important tip is to always pack your patience when traveling during the holiday season. You and your fellow travelers are trying to achieve the same goal, to get home in time to celebrate with family. So pack a little patience and forgiveness and just overlook that last minute gate drama queen or king. Also, show a little patience and kindness to airport staff, they’re sacrificing time with their families to work and make sure our travels go smoothly.
Pack a few TSA approved size snacks so you won’t have to wait in those long food lines at your gate.
What’s your number one tip for surviving the holiday travel season?
By Kirstin N. Fuller ~ The Travelin Diva