Monthly Archives: September 2018

Thanksgiving Travel and Airport Parking

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the busiest time of year for air travel? And because it’s such a popular travel holiday, that means you can expect long lines and lots of delays going through the security checkpoints. Along with a big dose of patience, it helps to keep these Thanksgiving travel tips in mind before you set off for the airport parking lot.

Timing is Everything

The busier the airport, the more time you need to allow to get to there and make it through the long lines. This means leaving your house earlier than you normally would; after all, thousands of others just like you are making their way to the airport, too, so traffic is bound to be congested. It’s ideal to arrive at the airport with at least two hours to spare before your flight departs.

Don’t rely on the airport parking lots to have a convenient space open. Particularly over periods of heavy air travel, it’s wise to use offsite airport parking so you can be assured of a spot and timely transportation to the terminal without any hassles or delays.

Check-In

After you park at the airport and approach the check-in counter, expect a long line. If you’ve never printed your boarding pass and checked in to your flight online before, now might be the ideal time to give it a go because it will save you lots of time and aggravation.

If you can, travel light and don’t check any luggage. Just be sure your carry-on fits the airline’s specifications as far as dimensions and weight and that your liquids are compliant with TSA guidelines.

If you simply can’t travel without checking baggage, as long as you check in online the day before your flight, you’ll still save a great deal of time by being able to head straight for the luggage drop-off area. And depending on which airport you are flying from, you may be able to check your bags curbside, avoiding the crowds indoors.

Security

Then there’s the dreaded security line… The best piece of advice is to anticipate the screening process and be prepared. That means wearing shoes that are easy to slip off, not taking anything through the security line that could warrant a closer inspection (jewelry, scissors, pocketknife, computerized devices, etc.), and ensuring that liquids in your carry-on baggage are small and appropriately packaged (this applies to beverages, too). Have your boarding pass and ID ready; you may want to purchase lanyards for all members of your family so these documents are always handy yet out of the way.

Thanksgiving is all about the food for most families, but if you want to fly with a jar of your homemade cranberry sauce or spiced apple cider in tow, forget it. Restrictions apply to these foods since they are categorized as liquids and gels; it’s just more hassle than it’s worth to try to bring your homemade holiday goodies on the plane – although you could put them in checked baggage if you’re adamant about bringing them.

If you are one of the millions of people expected to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday, use these air travel tips to make your experience more pleasant and less time-consuming. And do remember to be patient; everyone else at the airport wants to enjoy their holiday, too.

Thanksgiving Holiday Travel And Security

Well it seems that it is time for another Holiday Season to be here, and it is. One of our favorite Holiday’s is Thanksgiving; the most traveled holiday there is in the U.S. Where each year more and more families load up the car and head for their preferred holiday destination. Now your destination may be Mom and Dad’s, to see Grandma Marie, or any number of other fantastic destinations across the country, it is a family tradition.

And just like any other holiday where travel is involved there are a few things that need to be done to make sure that everyone’s holiday season is filled with joy and happiness and not pain and despair. Most of the things that I want to tell you about you probably already know and I just want to remind you of a few things that will help make you and your families Thanksgiving both Fun and Safe.

Getting Prepared for the Trip

1. Have your automobile checked out by a professional, this means taking your car to your local mechanic and having them perform any scheduled maintenance that is due along with checking your belts, hoses, tires, and fluid levels. You may also want to fill up with gas and give everyone a last bathroom break before hitting the highway. It is also advised that you carry an emergency roadside kit including: jumper cables, bottled water, a flashlight and batteries, safety reflectors, and a small first aid kit.

2. Make sure that you have any medications, prescriptions, and other medical supplies needed to complete your trip. Getting some medical prescriptions filled outside your home state can get very frustrating.

3. Check and re-check what has been packed for the trip to verify that everything that is needed has been included. Also keep track of what luggage has been loaded into the car as not to leave behind any small bags or totes.

4. Charge all of your personal electronic devices to full capacity before hitting the road. Your IPod, MP3 player, laptop, or cell phone will not work if they have no power. While most of us can charge our cell phones up while driving, without the proper adaptor you may not be able to do this for your other personal electronic devices.

5. Notify a family member or trusted friend of your travel plans include all phone numbers so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency, travel route, and destination along with any other information you think they need to know.

Securing Your House While You Are Traveling

1. If possible get a house sitter or caretaker to check on your residence or property while you are gone. If this is not possible ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on things.

2. Stop your newspaper and mail delivery while you are gone, piled up newspapers in the front yard are an open invitation for a burglar or thieves.

3. Make sure all doors and windows have been locked and are secure. Do not make it easy for someone to enter an unprotected house.

4. Install security lighting with motion sensors on the outside of your home, a criminals do not like to be seen. Get a timer for 2 or 3 inside lights that turn on and off a set times.

5. Turn on your home alarm system when you leave. It does not work unless it is has been activated.

While some of these suggestions have a cost associated with them, most of these are just common sense things that need to be done for your protection. Please exercise caution and consider that the criminal element seem to become more brash during the holiday season, and they usually like to pay a lot less than us and will gladly get their gifts from you for no cost to them.