Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year. The increased traffic can lead to fuller flights, longer security lines and increased stress. Below is Victorinox Swiss Army’s Thanksgiving Travel Survival Guide full of helpful tips and tricks to make your holiday travels easier.
1. Organize Your Suitcase
Keeping your clothes sorted in your suitcase saves time and keeps you organized when you reach your destination. Items like the Victorinox Swiss Army Packing Cube Set are great for packing multiple people’s clothes in the same suitcase because they keep each person’s items separate and sorted. This makes everything easier to find and keeps your clothes less wrinkled during your trip. Packing cubes also let you easily separate your dirty clothes from clean, unworn clothing on your trip back home.
2. Check-In Early
Online check-in allows you to check in up to 24 hours before your flight and print your boarding pass before leaving for the airport. This can be a huge time saver if you aren’t checking a bag. To keep all your documents in order, carry a Victorinox Swiss Army Travel Organizer with your boarding passes, identification and credit cards to make your trip go more smoothly. If you can’t print your boarding pass in advance, utilize an electronic boarding pass. Simply display your online boarding pass from your online app or email and use it just like you would a paper boarding pass.
3. Stay Up-To-Date On Your Flight Status
Leading up to your departure, keep up to date on your flight status to avoid unexpected delays. There are a variety of mobile apps like tripit.com, flightstats.com, FlightTrack, or Flight+ to help you stay informed before takeoff. Most airlines also have their own apps and will send flight status updates via push notifications. If you don’t download an app, give the airline your cell phone number when booking your flight so they can notify you of changes via voicemail or text message.
4. Protect Yourself From The Inconvenience Of Lost Luggage
Last year, over 42.5 million people traveled on over 116,000 flights during the Thanksgiving holiday. All this chaos can lead to delays, cancellations and sold-out flights. This increases the risk of lost luggage if you’re checking a bag. Fortunately, 98% of lost bags get reunited with their owner, and most within 24 hours, but having your essentials such as medication, toiletries and a change of clothes in a carry-on helps you survive your holiday if your bag is temporarily lost. You can also use a Tracking ID Tag or a Victorinox bag with the Swiss Tracker™ Bag Tracking Program to help reunite you with your lost luggage.
5. Travel In Comfort
It’s always a good idea to bring a travel blanket and pillow with you when you’re flying or traveling with kids. Having items like the Victorinox Swiss Army Deluxe Travel Pillow and the Deluxe Travel Blanket make for a more comfortable trip and will be more sanitary than borrowing one on the plane. Some airlines are even starting to charge extra for these amenities, so bringing your own can also help save money. If you’re on a long road trip or your flight gets canceled or delayed, a pillow and blanket can make the journey much more comfortable.
6. Avoid Baggage Fees
Checking your luggage can cost you as much as $50 for the first bag and even more for additional luggage. To make your trip more cost effective, try packing everything in a carry-on bag. In addition to saving money, carrying-on saves you from having to stand in line to check your bag, or wait for it at the carousel after your flight.
7. Speed Through Airport Security
To quickly get through U.S. security checkpoints, use a bag with Security Fast Pass™. These bags let you leave your laptop in your bag when you’re going through airport security. Find out more ways to speed through security with Victorinox Swiss Army’s Top 10 Tips for Getting Through U.S. Airport Security Faster.
8. Escape The Crowds
If you need to escape the hectic crowds at the airport, you can typically purchase day passes into the airline clubs or lounges to relax before your flight. Besides comfortable seating and ample outlets, these areas have specialized airline agents who can help you reschedule your flights if they are delayed without having to wait in the general line. The Thanksgiving travel season is a great time to splurge on this. Just visit your airline’s website to learn more and purchase your pass.
9. Keep Your Electronics Charged
With the increase in travelers, the airport power outlets and charging stations can fill up fast. To make sure you don’t lose power before reaching your destination, fully-charge all your items before leaving for the airport. You can also bring a Travel Power Strip to charge multiple electronic devices all at once. The Travel Power Strip also lets you share an outlet with someone if they’ve all filled up. This can be extremely useful during long delays and cancellations and could even help you make a new friend.
10. Use Your Smart Phone to Navigate the Airport
There are a variety of apps that help you find restaurants, shops and other amenities in different airports. This lets you find what you are looking for quickly and easily to save you from wandering aimlessly around the airport with your luggage. Some of our favorite apps are GateGuru, iFly Pro, Airport Transit Guide and FLYSmart.
Wherever your travels take you this Thanksgiving holiday, we hope you have a wonderful time with your friends and family. If you need help finding the perfect bag to take on your trip, be sure to check out the Victorinox Swiss Army new Bag Finder tool. Happy Thanksgiving!