Holiday season is upon us, here are some experts’ advice that will make traveling a whole lot easier; from booking flights to packing light.
Update Your Packing List
Organizing expert Julie Morgenstern suggests storing lists of essentials for each type of trip (e.g. business overnight, one-week island vacation) in your suitcase so they’re easy to find. Edit each time you travel, deleting things you didn’t need, and adding what you wished you had.
Look for Midweek Flight Deals
Tuesday afternoon is the best time to look for airfare sales, says Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, editor of Minitime.com. Often, an airline will put up a sale on Monday, and by Tuesday afternoon, most other airlines will bring their prices down to match that sale.
When catching a flight, O‘s creative director Adam Glassman wears an easy-fitting sweater and pants, plus slip-on shoes, which save time at security checkpoints. And dodge scary airline blankets by wrapping yourself in a scarf.
Know the Rules
Memorize the 3-1-1 rule for acceptable carry-on luggage: 3-ounce bottles or less, in a one quart plastic bag, one bag per passenger at the checkpoint. If you have to bring a medical exception to the 3-1-1 rule, declare the item, which will then be inspected and most likely allowed through.
Avoid Lost Luggage
There are two kinds of luggage—carry-on and lost. If you have to check bags, Peter Greenberg recommends you bring them to the gate. Attendants will usually check them there, and you can make sure they get onto the right plane. Another bonus: The last bags placed on the aircraft are typically the first to be unloaded.