Even with the Grinch mandating baggage restrictions, Scrooge in the security lines and the inevitable airport delay, traveling this season doesn’t have to lose its merriment. Here are five holiday travel tips to help you stay in the spirit of the season.
1. Book Early
It makes sense the best way to avoid holiday travel stress is to book your trip early. Additionally, if you have any overnight stays-like we do in Rome this year-book your hotel, rental car or any other transportation options early. Also, be sure to check-in for your flight online and choose your seats as early as possible.
2. Scratch That-Do Everything Early
or at least do everything you can.
In addition to booking your flight early, it is a good idea to make your packing list, pack your bags and leave for the airport earlier than you would for non-holiday travel.
Why should you pack early?
Since holidays often require additional packing of gifts, cards and other holiday-related items, you can’t always use your traditional packing list. If you start your list early, you will have extra time for adding to your list and ensuring you don’t run late the day of your flight because you are worrying about last-minute details.
3. Pack Well
What is worse than opening your checked luggage at your holiday destination and discovering that many of your beloved gifts or broken? Hmmm … Not opening your checked luggage because it never arrived.
Both of these are possible scenarios if you don’t pack your bags well.
Although I advocate traveling carry-on only, it might not be possible during the holidays if you give-or receive!-a large number of gifts. To help prevent any holiday disappointments, pack your most precious items in your carry-on. Wrap items that must go in checked luggage with extra padding, divide them among all checked bags and lock them with TSA-approved locks. I’d also cellophane-wrap the luggage at the airport, just in case.
4. Know Your Airline
Airlines are changing their checked luggage and carry-on restrictions faster than most people can keep up. Read the luggage restrictions for your airline before you head to the airport so you aren’t met at the counter with any unwelcome charges that damper your holiday.
What other holiday travel tips would you suggest this season?
Until next time … Buon Viaggio!