Holiday Air Travel – How Do I Survive?

Holiday Air Travel – How Do I Survive?Holiday Air Travel

This is the question for everyone that travels over the holidays. How do I survive holiday air travel? You may be traveling alone or you may be traveling with your family. Here are some things that you can do to help make the travel go smoothly.

Planning Travel

Travel on the holiday.

Airports historically are busiest the day before and the day after a holiday. You can avoid those crowds by traveling on the actual holiday itself. Another advantage of holiday air travel on the actual holiday is a cheaper fare. Many airlines will reduce the fare on the holiday because it is a less desirable date to ply.

Book direct flights

Holiday travel occurs in the winter months in many parts of the world. As a result, there is the real possibility of flight delays because of weather. Delays caused by weather can interfere with connecting flights. Book direct flights whenever possible. Some flights may encounter delays, but you will arrive at your destination. If you must book a connecting flight make sure to allow for adequate time at the connecting airport. consider the possibility of a flight delay.

Day of TravelHoliday Air Travel

Prepare ahead! Think through all that needed for comfortable holiday air travel and bring those things with you.

Arrive 2 hours ahead

Arrive early for your flight. The check-in and security process takes more time on during peak travel times. Avoid additional stress by allowing yourself enough time to get through security and to your gate.

Print Boarding Passes at home

Boarding passes should be printed at home or saved as a photo on your phone. You will avoid a line and more time at the airport by printing your boarding passes at home.

Know what TSA allows you to bringHoliday Air Travel

Check the TSA website before traveling to get the latest list of items that are allowed on the airplane. Water is one of the most common items that cause delay. Be sure that water bottles are empty before going through security checkpoints. Be prepared to take off your shoes and coat, place laptops in a separate bin and place all liquids in a 1-quart clear bag. Once through security, gather your items and move away from the security area to reassemble your belongings.

Gifts must be Unwrapped

Plan to wrap your gifts when you arrive at your destination. TSA does not allow wrapped gifts through security.

Bring Snacks

You can bring non-liquid items to the airport for your flight. Check the TSA website for the items that are allowed through security. Having your own snacks allows for you to move quickly to your gate and keep you nourished and comfortable on the plane.

On the Plane

Comfort items are very important for relaxing holiday air travel. Remember your headphones, travel pillow, and blanket or sweater

Sanitize your seat area

Bring sanitizing wipes to reduce the risk of illness as a result of travel. Airplanes are cleaned between flights by removing garbage from the seats but they are not sanitized in any way. Bring your own sanitizing wipes for wiping down the area around to reduce germs. Seat trays, arm rests, screen buttons, air vent and light controls are all places that are frequently touched and could have germs.

Bring things to occupy your timeHoliday Air Travel

Plan for activities to keep you busy while on the plane. Download movies or books before boarding. Magazines and books are also great ways to pass the time. If you have children traveling with you be sure they have activities to do.

Keep your cool

Airlines do their best to have on time departures. If you are delayed on the tarmac it is important to keep your cool. Your comfort items, food, and activities will help pass the time. Be kind to the flight attendants. They have no control over the delays. Showing kindness to the flight staff may be reflected back with perks to make your delay a little easier.

Once you Arrive

Mark your luggage

All black bags look alike on the baggage carousel. Tie a couple colored ribbons on the handle or attach a colorful luggage tag to make your suitcase easy to spot when it arrives.

Inform your transportation of your arrival

If you have a friend or relative picking you up, have them wait in the cell phone lot to avoid adding to the congestion at the airport. When the baggage carousel begins to deliver luggage is a good time to have them start driving to pick you up.

Holiday Air Travel

 

Happy Holidays and travel stress-free!

I hope this article has been helpful to you. Please leave a comment with your tips for stress-free holiday air travel.

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Caleb

    Excellent! I love this, Janice!

    Me and my family often take trips to the other side of the country or even to different countries that require flights. There are so many instances where I forget to bring certain activity items or forget to bring snacks to wait. I remember I even once forgot to bring my pillow on an eight hour flight! it was terrible!

    This page will solve all of that though! I am definitely going to bookmark this and come to it every time I travel so I know exactly what I need. I’ll probably use it as a check list! So thank you so much!

    Reply
    1. Janice

      Caleb thank you for the visit to the website.

      We all need a checklist when preparing to travel! Taking time to plan and prepare are important steps to make traveling go smoothly.

      Best regards, Janice

      Reply
  2. Carol

    Fortunately I never had to fly anywhere when my children were small. I often watch those families with small children at the airport and feel grateful it’s them and not me! Many of your travel tips apply to anyone who flies. I always arrive at the airport early and print my boarding pass before I get there. You are so right though with your tips for families. I know the most pleasant ones to fly with are the ones who come prepared with things to keep the kids entertained and occupied. Thank you for the tips.

    Reply
    1. Janice Martin (Post author)

      There are many ways to make travel enjoyable no matter what age your children are.
      Planning and preparation are the key. Things that work for traveling with children also will make travel for adults smoother as well.
      Happy travel to You!
      Best regards, Janice

      Reply
  3. Carol

    Fortunately I never had to fly anywhere when my children were small. I often watch those families with small children at the airport and feel grateful it’s them and not me! Many of your travel tips apply to anyone who flies. I always arrive at the airport early and print my boarding pass before I get there. You are so right though with your tips for families. I know the most pleasant ones to fly with are the ones who come prepared with things to keep the kids entertained and occupied. Thank you for the tips.

    Reply
    1. Janice

      Thank you Carol for your comments.

      Preparation and planning makes any travel a little easier. You certainly are correct with your comment that the tips can apply to anyone. Adults often overlook items that will reduce stress when they travel.

      Best regards, Janice

      Reply
  4. Jeannie Brickley

    Hi Janice.

    I haven’t ever flown; so some of this was totally new to me. I think this article was very informative and should be of great help to anyone who is planning an airline trip with toddlers.

    I knew that you should arrive 2 hours ahead and about the delays, etc. I never would have thought about the wrapped gifts not going through customs.

    Jeannie

    Reply
    1. Janice

      Air travel today requires advanced planning to navigate smoothly.

      It is important to check the TSA website if you are not a frequently traveler to know what is allowed. It makes for smooth travel for you and other travelers around you.

      Thank you for visiting the site.

      Best regards, Janice

      Reply

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