Traveling during the holidays is equivalent to coal in your stocking. Crowded airports, loads of luggage, and antsy kids are just a few of the obstacles that stand in your way of your holiday vacation. To make it worse, over 5 million people in the United States travel by air for the holidays. So to help you cozy up to the hassle of airports during the holidays, Ollie’s Taxi & Airport Service has a few holiday travel tips to help you survive airports.
Holiday Travel Tips:
With the help of the Travel Channel, Ollie’s wants to spread the best advice for holiday travel so you won’t end up yelling at the loud guy on his phone or go crazy by the sound effects of a kid’s video game.
- Make sure you eat! People tend to get distracted when they are hungry. Once people cannot think as clearly, they tend to get a little angry. Don’t let that be you. Eat before you get to the airport and bring snacks. You don’t want to be stuck at a fast food vendor at the airport behind a person who can’t decide what donut to buy. Just make sure you read up on the rules of unopened snacks and drinks in the airport.
- Make sure you are aware of any restrictions or fees your airline has. You don’t want to have to pay for any extra luggage. Check often on your flight time and if any delays occur. Arrive at the airport early because the security line is going to be long! This will help your travel start off smoothly.
- This may be the most necessary of the holiday travel tips. Bring the Zen to you. Have earplugs, soothing music and an eye mask on hand so you can get away from the chaos. Staying relaxed will help rid you of the anxiety of traveling. Escape the chatter of everyone waiting at the gate with your favorite music (just don’t miss your boarding call).
- Try to pack as light as possible. If it’s just for a weekend, you can get away with packing only a carry-on (and save a little extra room for the presents you bring home). Skip the check in lines and the conveyor belt and that will be sure to cut your travel time down. Also, ship any presents you have beforehand so you’re not stuck with hauling them around the airport. TSA has rules about gifts. Sometimes they have to unwrap presents for further inspection.
These holiday travel tips are all essential, but most importantly, stay safe this holiday season. Ollie’s Taxi & Airport Service can take you to the airport and pick you back up for your return. Make a reservation ahead of time so it’s one less thing you have to worry about.