Last Minute Holiday Travel Tips

Travel Tips — By Tanuka Roy on December 23, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Holiday travel can be extremely frustrating with the overcrowded airports, long flight delays and flight cancellations. As you get ready to fly to see your family this week, here are a few last minute holiday travel tips to make sure you are prepared to handle the dreaded time at the airport.

  1. Stay charged up: Remember to bring all your chargers with you on your carry-on instead of checking them in your bag. Gabbing on the phone to catch up with friends or family or surfing the Internet are the best ways to stay distracted at the airport. It can be productive too!
  2. Get mindless magazines: One of my favorite things to do at an airport is to catch up on celebrity gossip with People or US Weekly. Buy a few mindless magazines of your choice. Not only can you get up to speed on Brangelina’s latest kid, but you’ll make the time fly right by.
  3. Refresh yourself: Staying refreshed at the airport is key. A toothbrush/toothpaste and some facial wipes can come in handy during hour #5 at the airport. For facial wipes, try: Neutrogena Deep Clean Self-Foaming Cleansing Pads. Hydration is also really important. Keep a water bottle like a Klean Kanteen with you so you can refill as often as you need. And if you have the room in your carry-on, a spare change of clothes and a small travel pillow can also be useful especially if your flight is cancelled.
  4. Pack yummy snacks to go: Airport food can be either expensive or non-appetizing. When I am stuck at the airport, the last thing I want to do is eat a tuna sandwich from the airport cafĂ© that looks like it’s a week old. I usually stash some of my favorite snacks in my carry-on so that I can munch on things I like instead of having to rely on airport food.
  5. Games, games, games: There’s nothing like some good ol’ crossword puzzles, Sudoku or even a deck of cards to keep yourself entertained at the airport for hours. Be sure to bring some of these booklets with you; they take almost no room at all in your luggage.
  6. Walk around: I’ve also passed time at the airport by walking around the different terminals. This is a great way to move your body, browse the airport stores and do some people-watching. And who knows…Terminal 3 may be so much more exciting than Terminal 2?!
  7. Bring destination guides: If your delays last more than half a day or your flight is canceled, you may have enough time in the city to do some exploring or you may need to even find a hotel. NileGuide can help! Before you go, print a free NileGuide PDF of the different cities you will be flying through.

Follow these tips and you may not ever want to leave the airport!

Safe travels & Happy Holidays!

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