Traveling by plane during the holidays can be trying. You need to give yourself extra time and have plenty of patience to get where you are going safely. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going so you can be more relaxed and less stressed getting from one place to another. You should get to the airport 2 or 3 hours before your flight leaves so you can get through security and find your way.
-Have your itinerary handy in a place where you can get it easily like in your purse or wallet instead of in your luggage or worse yet back home on the table. Have extra copies made. This itinerary should have confirmation numbers for airlines, hotels, rental cars and any others you may have. Have all your important phone numbers on this itinerary too.
-You may be on the plane for a long time so wear comfortable clothes like a sweat suit. You may need to walk a long way as well so wear comfortable shoes.
-The holidays are a very busy time for airports since many people are trying to get away to other places. Be prepared for crowds and crabby people. Realize that other travelers may not be as prepared as you are and they will be stressed out.
-Many airlines are now charging a fee for extras like luggage so be prepared to pay extra for things. Check with your airline and find out what you need to pay extra for.
-Before you begin to pack for your journey check with your flight to see how you should package the items you will be bringing. Find out what items are not even allowed in your area and it will speed things along once you get to the airport.
-When you are going through security watch, look and listen to see what you should be doing. You will probably have to take off your jewelry, watches, cell phone and other metal items and place them in a basket as you walk through. If you see what others do before you it will keep the line moving faster.
Holiday travel is tough on everyone. People are scattering to get where they need to go and tempers will be short. People will be hot, tired, and dirty and so will the airport workers. Try to give yourself plenty of time to get through the airport and try to be polite with all the people who are getting to where they need to go.