If you haven’t booked your holiday travel yet, it’s time to stop procrastinating! As Thanksgiving approaches, flights are getting full and prices are sky rocketing. The same goes for Christmas travel, it’s never too early to book your flights! This also goes for all of your other accommodations like hotel, rental car and Fort Lauderdale airport parking. How can you prepare for your hoildday travel? Here's 8 simple steps!
1. Book early!
If you haven’t booked your holiday travel yet, it’s time to stop procrastinating! As Thanksgiving approaches, flights are getting full and prices are sky rocketing. The same goes for Christmas travel, it’s never too early to book your flights! This also goes for all of your other accommodations like hotel, rental car and Fort Lauderdale airport parking.
2. Avoid peak travel days
Flying on peak travel days can be a nightmare. Longer lines, crowded airports, and overworked airline employees. What are the busiest days to travel on during the holidays? The day before Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and right around Christmas day (Dec. 21, 22, 28, and 29). By avoiding these days you can decrease your risk of an overbooked flight and tight scheduling.
3. Pack light.
It is especially important to pack lighter during your holiday travel than you normally would, because you’re not sure the type of gifts you’ll have to tow with you back home. It’s also a good idea to only bring a carry-on and not check a bag. That way you don’t have to wait in baggage claim and you won’t have to risk losing your bag with all of the family’s gifts inside!
4. Don’t rely on airline food
If you’re a frequent flyer, than you know how important it is to pack some snacks! The majority of airlines don’t serve meals on flights and if they do it’s for an additional fee. And if you dozed off during in-flight service, you’re out of luck! So, pack easy snack foods like almonds, protein bars, or a PB&J sandwich. These types of foods are easy to pack and will tide you over until you reach your destination.
5. Ship gifts or wait to wrap
Especially if you’re only brining a carry-on you will most likely not have a lot of room for gifts. Can you bring wrapped gifts on your flight? TSA recommends shipping gifts to your destination. If you do decide to pack them, hold off on the wrapping as they may be subjected to inspection and you’d hate to have your wrap job go to waste!
6. Leave extra time between flights
There is nothing worse than having a delayed flight cause you to miss your connecting flight. Because most flights are fully booked (or overbooked) during the holidays there’s isn’t much of a safety net for missing a flight. Consider winter weather conditions that could delay a flight.
7. Leave early
Check into your flight from home and have your boarding pass ready to go. This will save you time and allow you to skip the check in line. The airport is likely to be packed, so it doesn’t hurt to leave 30 minutes earlier than you would on a normal travel day.
8. Use a reliable airport parking service
Last but certainly not least, is to leave your car in trusted hands. It turns out that New Year’s Day is the top holiday for car thefts. So, instead of leaving your car at home while you’re away, consider parking it in a 24-hour manned and gated facility like FLL Park Safe! You can rest easy knowing that your car is in good hands, plus our 24 hour shuttle will come pick you up the moment your flight arrives! For all of your long-term airport parking in Fort Lauderdale, look no further than FLL Park Safe.