Holidays are always a stressful time for traveling. From expensive fares to crowded airports and the fact that COVID-19 still exists, traveling during the holidays can be a demanding task, especially if you’ve spent the last couple of years avoiding crowded places. With this article, we’ll provide helpful airport tips for the holiday season that will make traveling easier.
1. Book Your Flights During Off-Season
The winter holidays and festive season means that everything is expensive – from airfare to hotel bookings to the rate of rental cars. To get the best deals for you and your family, start planning your trip and try to book your flights during the off-season. You can get much cheaper flights as opposed to making a last-minute booking.
2. Safety Precautions are Key
As we all know, we’re still living through a pandemic, and the chances of getting infected with coronavirus are still high. When going to the airport, keep your face mask on at all times and carry extra masks with you. You should also try to keep yourself sanitized – clean your hands with a hand sanitizer once every couple of hours. If you’re traveling outside the country, keep your vaccination certificate and a copy of the negative PCR test on hand for security clearance.
3. Mark your Bags
Thousands of people will be traveling this year during the holidays. There is a chance that your luggage might get mixed up at the baggage claim. To avoid confusion and hassle, we recommend that you mark your suitcases with a tag that mentions your name and contact information. With a prominent tag, you can easily spot your luggage on the conveyer belt – saving you time and energy.
4. Keep Valuable Items in Your Carry-On
Valuable items like your cash, passport, and even jewelry should not be kept in the luggage you’ll be checking in for the flight. Especially during the holiday season, many travelers get their luggage broken in, and they realize later that their things are missing. To avoid any unfortunate incidents, make sure you carry your belongings with you.
5. Avoid Wearing a Belt and Metal Jewelry
If you wish to zoom past security clearance and want to save time checking in, then we recommend that you avoid wearing a belt, jewelry, and anything that has metal in it. The TSA personnel make the passengers remove all metal objects from their bodies at the time of security clearance. All the articles are transferred to a plastic bag that goes through the x-ray conveyer belt. To speed up the process, avoid wearing items that you will have to eventually remove.