What’s worse than enduring the holiday traffic on the highways? You guessed it — Navigating the traffic in the airport! Take on the holiday airport crowds like a pro by following these 5 simple tips:
1. Bring an Extra empty bag for gifts
It is a good idea to bring an extra empty bag to take home the gifts you receive. A duffel bag that can fold up to fit in your suitcase or carry-on is a great idea. If you are flying on an airline that charges fees for an additional checked bag, you can put the gifts in your carry-on if they fit, or you can ship your gifts home. Put your gifts in a box and swing by the post office on your way to the airport or have a loved one ship the box for you.
2. Skip the Lines
A lot of airlines require you to check in to your flight, and many will offer an online check-in option 24 hours before your flight. By checking in online, you can avoid the long check-in lines at the airport. With some airlines, checking in online can even help you reserve a better seat. Window seat for the win!
3. Ship Gifts to your Destination
Instead of trying to fit the gifts you bought for your parents, 6 aunts, 6 uncles, and 9 nieces and nephews into your checked bags, ship them to your destination ahead of time. Shipping the gifts ahead of time will save you time and money, and it will also make navigating the airport a lot easier since your bags will be considerably lighter. When shopping online, input your destination’s address at checkout. All you have to do is grab some wrapping paper, and you’re all set for Santa!
4. Stay healthy
Travel can be exhausting, and as you will likely be crammed in an airplane with a lot of other people, getting a good night’s sleep before you fly is imperative to remain healthy during the holiday season. It’s also a good idea to grab an orange juice and a vitamin-packed meal before you fly. Germs spread quickly when there are a lot of people in a small space, so you should carry some hand sanitizer with you. While it’s not as effective as hand washing, it is still helpful in a pinch.
5. Pack activities that don’t require charging
While most of us tend to entertain ourselves with a tablet, smartphone, or laptop while traveling, it’s important to also pack a way to keep yourself occupied in case your electronic device dies. Many airports have an abundance of outlets, but during the busy holidays, it may be hard to come across an available outlet. Pack a book, magazine, or a coloring book to keep your mind busy!
For more travel tips, check out Cheapflights.com’s Holiday Season Travel Survival Guide.