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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