1. Bring earplugs or noise canceling headphones
Holidays are the time of year when the highest amount of children and babies travel – they need to go see grandma! Not that there’s anything bad about that, but we all know that kids and babies get really uncomfortable in airplanes which makes them whiney, restless and loud. Bring earplugs and your flight will be much more tolerable. If you have a shorter flight, you may be good with only a good pair of headphones, but noise cancelling earplugs or headphones are definitely best (check out these awesome Bose noise cancelling headphones!).
2. Have a small blanket and pillow
Unfortunately holiday travels also mean delays, storms and cancellations. Have a small blanket or a large scarf with you to keep warm and comfortable if this happens. I like to bring a small pillow as well in case the delays get really long and I need a snooze. Even if you get lucky and go through without delays or cancellations, it’s nice to have the small pillow for back support during your flight (try this one).
3. Always arrive early
And I mean always!! The airport will be busier than usual, and people will be late and running to catch their flights. Even though this is the “most joyful time of the year”, tempers tend to fly high! So, even if you’re leaving from a small airport, get there early so that you can get through security calmly without worrying about time. If you’re travelling with children, this is especially important. It’s easier to keep the kids entertained inside the airport terminal then trying to get them through security in a rush.
4. Bring entertainment
Let’s not forget entertainment! Once again, with delays and cancellations, there are chances that you may be at the airport longer than initially thought. Bring a good book (your Kobo is even better!), your tablet or computer, a travel size game or even some work to finish. You can entertain the kids with the game or the tablet, or even work a little bit and get that last report sent off before you’re off to vacation.
5. Have your chargers
If you want that entertainment to last, make sure to pack those chargers in your carry-on! Airports are full of charging stations now so you can be sure to stay connected and entertained until it’s time for boarding.
6. Bring snacks
Long waits can make the most patient person of all “hangry”! Airport food is expensive, so pack yourself a few granola bars or other prepackaged snacks to munch on while you wait.
Last of all, make sure you’ve loaded up plenty on patience! Things may get hectic, people might push or rush pass you, others might get in yelling matches. But no matter what happens, it's always better to be nice and tolerant. Practice some breathing techniques if you must. Nobody is delaying your flight to purposely make you late; they are all in the same boat as you are – trying to get home.
Overall, if you’re traveling over the holidays, you can be sure that the airport will be chaotic. Follow this advice and you will have a much easier time getting to your destination. Good luck to you and happy travels!
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