If there is one thing that a traveler hates more than anything, it’s getting delayed for their flight. It can be a very frustrating and expensive ordeal, especially if you’d consider that rebooking a flight ticket can easily be like as if you bought a brand new ticket. With the holidays fast approaching, the chances of getting delayed for flight for your upcoming trip gets even higher.
That’s why we’ve come up with 8 ways on how to help you avoid delays while your traveling during the holiday season.
Pack your bags the night before
May sound surprising, but one of the main reasons why lots of travelers get delayed for their flights is that they don’t pack until the last minute. This is definitely a big no-no, especially if you’re traveling on the holidays. Not only does this add to your stress, but it increases your chances of forgetting important things.
Go for hand carry
Traveling light is one of the best ways to avoid delays when traveling, especially during the holidays. Opting to just bring a handcarry luggage means that you don’t have to wait in line to have your luggage checked-in. Not to mention that it wouldn’t weigh you down if you need to make a run for your gate.
Use online check-in services
Most airlines today allow passengers can check themselves in through their website as early as 48 hours before your actual flight. All you need to do is to print out your boarding pass and then take it with you at the airport. Some major airlines also post kiosks in airports where you can check yourselves to your flight without having to go through those really long lines.
Get ready for your kids
The long lines and congested airports can be a bit too overwhelming for children. These conditions is a perfect environment for children become restless, which can make your stress level hit the roof. Make sure that come prepared. Make their favorite toys and other ways to keep them occupied.
Packed airports are also a haven for kidnappings and other crimes. That being said, make sure that you brief your children what to do in case when strangers approach them or in the event that you get separated.
Make your cellphone your best friend
In addition to helping you take pictures and uploading them on social media, use your cellphone to store all your documents using an app like Evernote or TripIt. That way, you could always keep tabs about your travel plans.
Move closer to the proximity
One of the biggest causes for travelers to get delayed for their travel regardless on how early they leave for the airport is the traffic that comes with the holidays. If the airport is a considerable distance away from where you live, it would be wise to consider checking in at a hotel that’s closer to the airport. That way, you wouldn’t have to worry about getting any unplesant surprises.
Avoid wearing belts, coats and jewelry
Since 9/11, travelers are required to take off coats, belts, shoes, and even pieces of jewelry as they go through security checks. Although this does help you travel more safely, they can also take a lot of time.
Get a driver
Getting a friend or a relative to drive you and your family to the airport can be a great help. In addition to not having to waste a lot of time looking for a parking space, having someone drive you to the airport will give you the chance to be dropped off right at the entrance shaving off precious minutes for you.