Monday, November 23, 2009

Travel Tips for the Holidays

Who hasn't seen the movie, Trains, Planes and Automobiles?

It's easy for us to laugh from the sidelines at Steve Martin and John Candy with all of their mishaps and quandaries they foun themselves in, but when it is happening to us it isn't so funny.

We put together some traveling tips for you in hopes you'll be prepared for your holiday trip.

Traveling By Car

Make sure your car is up to date with its maintenance schedule, the tires have been checked, your windshield wipers are functioning and you have a full tank of gas.

Plan your traveling route out and, if need be, plan for an alternate route in case of road closures or bad weather. Remember to have your maps handy.

Check the weather report for conditions you might not have known about.

Have a safety kit in the car that includes a flashlight, blanket, water and tire chains.

Don't overload your car with too much luggage. This can make it difficult for your car to preform properly and to see any traffic on all sides of your car causing you blind spots.

When traveling long periods of time take at least 10 minutes and stop to stretch your legs and have a snack and something to drink.

If you are driving with others have a co-pilot, so he or she can take over and do some of the driving.

If you stop to have a meal, don't over eat. Over eating tends to give you a heavy feeling and the motion of the car can lull you to sleep.

Be aware of your speed. Not only is this a smart driving tip, but it would save you from getting a speeding ticket.

Traveling By Plane

Booking the flight is the first step. Choose a flight that suits you and your family the best. Traveling during the holidays will insure you lots of crowds, so think about taking a flight at a time that isn't so popular. Not only can this save you from traveling with crowds, but your chances of being bumped from your flight lessens. Night travel might be a great time for you to fly with little children. They will sleep during the flight, which relieves the stress from you, from other passengers and from your child as well.

Most airlines allow you to check in the night before through the Internet. I would highly suggest that you to do this. All of the airlines overbook their flights and the last thing you want is to be bumped from your flight.

Think about packing with only a carry-on and a small case that can be stored in the overhead compartment. By not checking luggage you can save yourself some time from having to stand at the carousel with all the other passengers.

If your traveling with someone else and you do decide to check in your luggage think about adding some of your clothing to their luggage and some of theirs to yours. If one of your pieces of luggage gets lost you wont be without all of your essentials.

Arrive at the airport 2 hours a head of time. This will give you enough time to check in, go through security and get to your terminal. This will also give you an opportunity to go to the bathroom.

Do not pack your medications in your luggage. If your luggage gets lost, so will your medication. Put your medications in your purse or carry-on bag. Keep your medication in it's original container, with your name, Drs name and the pharmacy on it. Medication without the original container might get confiscated from security.

Wear shoes that you can take off easily when going through security. This will help you to get through the screening process faster.

Wear something that is comfortable to fly in. I do not mean short shorts, belly shirts or pants with holes in the crotch. That type of clothing is inappropriate, offensive and unsanitary to wear on a plane.

If you are traveling with a senior citizen, handicapped person or children ask to be boarded early to get them situated without the crowd of the remaining passengers.

Tips for inside the plane ride:

Hand sanitizer is great solution instead of having to go to the bathroom to wash your hands with everyone else.

Hand wipes can be used to wipe down the folding tray tables as well as the arms of your plane seat.

Tissue to sneeze in. A open sneeze can jump as far as TEN rows in an airplane.

Bring your own blanket or travel pillow. It is a known fact the airlines don't wash them.

Tips to relive air pressure issues:

Infant/Baby-Nurse or bottle feed them

Toddlers-Sugar free lollipops to suck on

Youngsters and Adults-Gum to chew

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