Holiday Travel Checklist

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  • Leave one with anyone who may need to know your plans, especially for anyone who provides you transportation to and from the airport.
  • Add them to your cell phone directory or type out a list and carry it with you: airline, hotel, and car rental number, and second choice options.
  • By limiting your checked luggage, you can avoid wasted time at the baggage claim or even possible loss of your luggage.
  • Bring your own to help you relax during the trip and to cover engine noise or unpleasant cabin sounds.
  • If you are traveling with children be sure to have activity books, magazines, their favorite snacks and emergency child travel sickness medicine.
  • Also put a hold on your mail at the post office if you have a mailbox and not a slot in the door. Unless you have someone watching your home, you do not want deliveries piling up.
  • If you have pets, arrange for a neighbor's care or hire a pet sitter.
  • Have a service come and care for your growing things.
  • These should be taken care of early, not last minute, if needed.
  • These should be divided and stored in several safe places if needed.
  • Secure your flight and hotel months ahead of your holiday travel.
  • Some airlines offer $5 off baggage fees if you prepay on-line. Avoid too large or over-stuffed carry-on luggage.
  • Know what they are especially during busy travel times when overbooked flights are commonplace.
  • This procedure is quick and simple and can be done 24 hours ahead of our flight time.
  • If you plan to leave your car at the airport, reserve a spot ahead if you can.
  • For any delays, you may spend more time there than planned and knowledge of what services are offered could save you time.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport especially if your drive is a long one. If the weather is bad, or you expect heavy traffic, allow sufficient time for any delays.
  • There is no way to rush through this stage so gauge your time accordingly.
  • Have your boarding pass and ID in hand, wear slip-on shoes, and wear no belts or heavy jewelry.
  • Collect anything you checked and don't forget your carry-ons
  • If you don't have a relative to get you, you should pick up your rental.
  • Before you leave the airport, double check details of your return flight.
  • It is still customary to tip porters, so plan ahead and have some small currency.
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