WARWICK, RI, November 22, 2011—Holiday hustle and bustle has earned the season a bad reputation as one of the most stressful times of the year especially if your plans include traveling to grandma’s, mom and dad’s, or even Aunt Edna’s for a family gathering. But with proper planning and preparation, traveling during the holidays doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Make all your seasonal travels shiny and bright with this collection of practical and curious tips from InsureMyTrip.com and expert traveler and renowned travel blogger Johnny Jet.
- According to the Transportation Security Authority (TSA), having a wrapped package in your luggage may result in having the luggage opened and the package unwrapped to ensure it meets all safety requirements and doesn’t contain any prohibited items. So whether you check your bags or carry them on the plane save the wrapping for later or ship your wrapped gifts out ahead of time.
- Taking gifts and holiday traditions to the skies can be challenging but it can be done if you heed TSA guidelines and regulations. For instance, pies, cakes, and other holiday foods are ok to bring onboard but remember these sweet favorites like any other carry-on items must go through the security scanners.
- Items like personal laptops, iPads and other electronic devices receive special attention at security check points as well. Help keep the line moving by removing all electronics from their cases and placing them in a bin for separate screening. Lastly, remember the 3-1-1 Rule. Each liquid in your carry-on must be in a 3.4 ounce (or less) container, containers must be stored in one clear, quart-sized plastic bag, and each passenger is only allowed one bag.
- Even if you’re not heading to the North Pole, airplanes can feel chilly sometimes. Stay warm and cozy the whole flight by packing a lightweight blanket and a pair of thick socks in your carry-on bag.
- Fend off the sniffles or worse by keeping a supply of antibacterial wipes handy to clean common touch points like airplane seats, seatbelts, meal trays and overhead compartments. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to give a quick wipe to light switches, door handles, and the t.v. remote control as well.
- Treat those who are looking out for you. Give a nice box of chocolates or a festive candy cane to gate agents and flight attendants and your thoughtfulness will be returned tenfold.
- Be pennywise. Instead of paying $5 for a luggage cart at baggage claim, go to ‘Arrivals’ and grab one abandoned curbside.
- Spend a little more on a direct flight and lessen the chances of connection mishaps like delays, cancellations or missing your connection altogether.
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