Survival tips for holiday travel

Holiday season is almost here. If you are travelling during the season, you need to remember that everyone else is doing the same thing in the world. But don’t let the long lines at airports, the slow security scanners, or the terrible drivers let you down.

Here are some tips to survive the holiday travel season when you are flying:

1. When you are flying, make sure you check the airline’s restrictions ahead of time on carry-on luggage and fees for checked bags. Be prepared and give yourself plenty of time for your upcoming trip. I recommend arriving at least two hours prior to your scheduled departure for domestic flights and at least three hours prior to a departure for an international flight.

2. Stay connected. Download the latest travel apps before you leave home. Flight status gives you real-time updates on delays, baggage numbers and more.

3. Avoid checking bags altogether if you can. You won’t have to wait for your luggage on the conveyor belt. If you do check luggage, make sure you have all your medications and important documents and some clothes in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost. 

4. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year and can also cause you the biggest meltdown of the year. A better option is to leave early on Thanksgiving Day and avoid the record traffic the night before. Same goes with flying: if you fly on the actual holiday itself you’ll be avoiding the long lines and hoards of travelers.

5. Plan for the unexpected problems. Leave extra time before flights to deal with security, extra time between connections and, for road trips, pack tire chains for snowy conditions.

Marianna Szoke / Las Vegas, NV