Your bags are packed. You're ready to go. You're leaving on a jet plane to somewhere nice. But have you considered the following tips from FareCompare.com?
1) Pack light. If you need a coat, wear it on the plane to save space in your luggage. Adding another $50 to the cost of your round-trip ticket is not smart. Carry-on bags can help you avoid checked-bag fees. You can also use a carrier that gives you checked bags for free.
2) Prepare for delays. Winter means delays and cancellations of flights. Make sure you have the phone number of your carrier in case you have to arrange another flight.
Check the weather at the arriving and departing airport since one delayed flight can set off a domino effect.
Leave early. Factor in extra time for a shuttle from the lot to the terminal and time to get through security.
3) Use technology – do you have a smartphone, a tablet? Download your carrier’s apps to your phone, save their phone number and/or get a flight tracking app as well. Sign up for text alerts for your flight as they can let you know your departing and arriving times (good for your family to know when to pick you up), gate numbers and where to pick up your checked luggage.
4) Prepare the family – Anyone who has travelled with kids will probably tell you that after a vacation with them, they need a vacation from them. Pack a backpack for the kids to entertain them throughout the entire trip such as crayons, books, DVDs, extra chargers, batteries, special treat, etc. Dress them for the arriving weather – smaller coats and sweaters can be folded up and placed in their carry on.
If you are travelling alone, get a nice, durable pair of noise-cancelling headphones to drown out the noise from any crabby kids sitting around you.
5) Avoid wrapped gifts as security may unwrap them. To save space in your luggage, mail them to your destination.
Now, if you've done your homework and knew of these things before, what are you waiting for? Go ahead, the taxi’s waiting and he’s blowing his horn.