Traveling during the holiday season? These tips from www.travelsense.org – a Web site of the American Society of Travel Agents – can help you before you board your jet.
Packing light saves time and energy when it comes to filling the trunk with fragile bags packed with gifts or racing to fill the last empty space in the overhead bin. Some airlines place special restrictions during the holidays and allow only one carry-on.
A tip for packing lighter: Ship your gifts to your destination ahead of time. Allow at least two to three weeks for your package to arrive. The holidays are hectic times for courier services such as UPS and Federal Express.
If you do not send your gifts ahead, then do not wrap them before the flight. With safety a priority for all airlines, security personnel will need access to all items. Pack collapsible gift bags to be used as wrapping upon arrival.
Before leaving, secure your house. Lock all doors and windows, and don't forget to set the alarm. Also, give your home that lived-in look to repel potential burglars by having a friend collect your mail and setting lights on timers. Don't leave details of your trip on the answering machine.
If possible, have a friend drive you to the airport, or take public transportation. Shuttle services generally pick up guests early to ensure a timely arrival. If you drive and park at the airport lot, do not leave any valuables, such as CDs, in plain view.