Surviving the airport this holiday season
The airport is undoubtedly one of the last places you want to be over the holiday season. Big crowds, heavy traffic, and flight delays due to bad weather are all a part of what makes the airport stressful during the holidays. If a flight is on your schedule this holidays season, it doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience; there are ways to help minimize the craziness of traveling during over holidays. We’ve put together a few tips to help save your sanity during your travels and once you’re all checked in with plenty of time to spare feel free to grab that glass of eggnog at the airport bar and relax.
Travel on the holidays
Although traveling on a holiday seems unpleasant, airports are typically a little less crowded on the actual holiday. Not only are the crowds less during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and NYE but you’ll have the added benefit of cheaper flight costs because typically people don’t want to travel on the holiday.
Carry on whenever possible
If possible, opt for a carry-on bag instead of checking your bag. Not only will carrying on save you time but you’ll eliminate the risk of having your luggage lost along the way. With the additional number of travelers during the holidays the chances of having your luggage lost increases so carry-on is the way to go. Nuki Cases offers a convenient carry-on size with all the standard features of a full-size bag.
Allow yourself extra time
The holidays are the busiest time of year at the airports so it’s important to give yourself extra time to get checked in and through security. The rule of thumb for holiday travel is to arrive at least 2 hours prior to take off for domestic flights and 3 hours prior for international flights.
Ship your gifts to your destination
TSA will thank you and so will your fellow travelers as wrapped gifts could end up holding up the security lines. Whenever possible ship you gifts beforehand as this will save you time and money. Many businesses offer free and fast shipping over the holidays so shipping to your destination is ideal as some airlines will charge you by the suitcase. The cost to ship additional bags due to bringing all of your gifts with you on the plane could leave you with a steep bill.
Don’t forget the hand sanitizer
With the increased amount of traffic in and out of the airports during the holidays you’re risk of catching a cold or the flu is higher than normal. Not to mention cold and flu season just so happens to coincide with the holiday season. Make sure you pack your hand sanitizer and wash your hands often to increase the odds of avoiding an illness while traveling.