Give Security a Break
Security lines at the airport can be frustrating. From taking off your shoes to bagging your liquids, it may seem as though the security lines are walking a fine line between safety and privacy. However, keep in mind that airport security was put in place for one reason alone: to save people’s lives. Saving lives trumps inconvenience, as it well should. So, give the security people a break and help them out by not wearing objects that will trigger the alarm, removing your coats and jackets, turning on your laptops, and wearing shoes that can be easily removed and placed back on.
Bribe Your Children
The only thing worse than traveling over the holidays is traveling with children over the holidays. When it comes to kids, patience is not a virtue. Because of this, children become easily agitated, upset over having to wait in lines or being stuck in an airport with nothing to do.
In order to keep your kids happy - and keep them from driving you crazy - keep them entertained. For younger kids, something as simple as a coloring book may suffice, while the older kids may need a handheld video game or an IPOD to keep them appeased.
When all else fails, remind your kids that Santa is particularly observant at the airport: it‘s in their best interest to behave.
Ship Your Presents
Many people have an aversion to shipping their holiday presents, afraid that the post office will send the wrong package to the wrong house. But, placing presents in luggage and checking your bags can also cause these gifts to travel to the wrong destination.
If the present is small enough that you can carry it on, then do so. But, for presents that are too big to be carried, ship them beforehand. Not only will you not have to make room in your suitcase for a present - asking the contents of your bag to “suck in“ as you attempt to zip it shut - but you also won’t have to deal with the gifts at the airport: you’ll have enough to deal with as it is.
Holiday travel is enough to make anyone think that the sky’s the limit when it comes to their temper. But, with a little planning and a little patience holiday travel doesn‘t have to be that stressful.
Just relax, think ahead and remember that Santa knows when you're sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, and he knows when you’re flipping off the man behind the registration desk at Delta.
About the author:
Jennifer Jordan is a senior editor for http://www.milleniumlimo.com Having been to five continents and over 40 countries, her travel column can be found at the
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