Tips on Making Travel Less of a Stress
By Max Hartshorne
Holiday travel and stress kind of go hand in hand. Here are some tips to avoid getting stressed out and avoiding enjoying this special time of year.
Traveling with the family can be challenging, especially when you get to airport security.
Following these tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) will not only help bring the stress level down, but also get you through the checkpoint faster and easier. These tips are sensible for traveling through any airport, all over the world.
Remember the 3 ounce rule
Put large containers of liquids, aerosols and gels in your checked baggage. Only amounts less than 3 ounce, placed in a 1 quart clear, re-sealable plastic bag, are permitted in your carry-on baggage. This includes beverages and non-solid food (e.g. yogurt, pudding and peanut butter).
However, beverages and food for children under the age of two are exempt from these restrictions (e.g. breast milk, formula, juice and purees). Keep these items within reach as they need to be inspected separately.
Leave gifts unwrapped
If you’re bringing gifts, leave them unwrapped in case their contents may need to be inspected. Some airports have gift-wrapping services located past security during the holiday season.
How to pack your electronics for airport security
Bringing your children’s electronic games is a good way to keep them busy at the airport. To save time leave small electronic devices like tablets, e-books, cameras and handheld video games in their cases or in your carry-on baggage for screening, then simply place the case or baggage in the bin.
If you travel with large electronic items like laptops, DVD players, netbooks, notebooks or game consoles (Xbox, PlayStation, etc.) you need to remove them from your carry-on baggage and place them separately in a bin. Make sure there are no other items on top or underneath.
Choose easy-to-remove outerwear
Make sure the little ones can easily remove winter jackets, boots and hats. These items must be placed in bins for screening. Consider wearing slip-on shoes to the airport, not only is it a time-saver at the belt, it's more comfortable to remove your shoes when you're flying, since cabin pressure can squeeze your feet inside your shoes.
Look for the Family/Special Needs lane
If you need help at the checkpoint, look for the Family/Special Needs lane. It features screening equipment that can accommodate larger items, like car seats and strollers, and screening officers who offer additional assistance.
Have your boarding passes ready
Remember to have all family members’ boarding passes ready for inspection.
Buy Travel Insurance
If you're planning a trip, don't forget about the best way to avoid holiday stress, either from worries about having to cancel due to illness or accident, or if something terrible happens during your trip. The answer to this is travel insurance from Allianz.
Enroll in TSA Precheck or Nexus
Consider signing up for TSA Precheck, and every time you travel you can use the faster Precheck line and leave your shoes on, plus get through the line much faster. In Canada, a similar program is called Nexus, and well worth signing up for and paying the fee.
GoNOMAD received financial compensation from Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) for this sponsored post but all opinions are our own.
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Max Hartshorne has been the editor and publisher of GoNOMAD Travel in South Deerfield Mass since 2002. He worked for newspapers and other sales positions for 23 years until he finally got what he wanted, and became the editor at GoNOMAD. He travels regularly, enjoys publishing new writers, and watching his grandchildren grow up.