Are you traveling over the river and through the woods to
Grandmother's house this year? Heading south for sunshine and
warmth? Planning a trek to the Colorado mountains?
Wherever you're headed this holiday season, if you're planning
to fly, here are a few things you need to know to ensure your
travels are merry:
1. Kids 12 and under no longer have to take off their shoes to
walk through security at the airports. This is a blessing for
families--and for everyone waiting in the security line behind
2. If you're flying and planning to travel with your gifts, wait
until you get to your destination to wrap them. It can be a pain
wrapping all of the gifts after you arrive, but it can save lots of
hassle at the airport. If the airport security screeners can't tell
what's inside the wrapped gift, they have every right to unwrap it.
So you could end up wrapping the gift twice. If you want to send it
through with your checked bag, just remember to cushion it well so
whatever you're giving doesn't end up crushed on arrival.
3. Pack a power strip in your carry-on. Few airports have
adapted to our electronic world, so there rarely are enough plugs
at the gate areas. If you're traveling with gadget-addicted kids,
they need power. If you have a power strip, it won't matter that
someone is hogging both of those coveted outlets. Simply ask the
plug hog if you can plug in your power strip, then (this step is
critical) plug in his cords first, then plug in your kids. Everyone
will stay powered up and happy.
And, as an added holiday gift, a bit of advice: Travel is
expected to recover this year, which means, sadly, prices will be
rising. So if you know where you want to take your family
vacation this year, consider booking it now at 2011 prices.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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