If your holiday plans include an “over the river and through the woods” kind of drive – you can easily pack your gifts into the trunk of the car and haul them to Grandma’s house. But – if like many of us these days – your “home” for the holidays is an airline flight away… it’s a bit trickier to transport all your well thought out presents.
Lets face it, navigating the airports during the busy holiday seasons is not always easy. Add kids to the mix and its even crazier. The last thing you need is extra worry about whether or not the presents will arrive safely. Here are four tips to help:
- PROTECT THE GIFTS
Airline baggage carriers are not always super sensitive when handling luggage. However, wrapped gifts are still better off in your checked luggage where there is less of a chance the TSA will want to open them. Consider investing in a hard –sided suitcase. These shell suitcases are very easy to find these days and undoubtedly will be better protection for the packed contents than the typical soft sided luggage. Finally, invest in some bubble wrap – or make sure fragile items are cushioned between socks, sweaters or other soft clothing.
- DON’T WRAP IF YOU HAVE CARRY ON
TSA rules allow travelers to fly with wrapped gifts, but there are still those occasions when they are going to want to open and inspect boxes and packages. You are better off traveling with wrapping paper and ribbon and making the gifts look pretty and presentable when you arrive at your destination than taking a chance you will have to unwrap your gift at security. And – of course remember not to take restricted items through security. Even with the holiday spirit – you can take liquid more than 3.4 ounces!!
- BE PREPARED FOR A GATE CHECK
Even when you have followed all the size requirement rules, there is still the chance that the overhead compartments will fill up with the increased amount of people and packages flying. Make sure you are prepared to have your luggage taken for a gate check and have your valuables, anything fragile and your medications in a bag you take with you on the plane.
- BRING AN EMPTY BAG
If you expect to receive gifts… don’t make the mistake of having no room for them on the way home. Pack a duffel or folding bag that can be filled for the return trip. Even if you have to pay for an additional checked bag – its going to be less expensive than paying for shipping costs if you run out of space.
The vacation specialists hope you have a safe and joyous holiday – with stress free travel and lots of family and friends!