4 Tips for FLYING with Food & Gifts this Holiday Season!

BY: - 18 Nov '14 | Travel

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Thanksgiving is really next week! Before you know it, Christmas will be here faster than we can blink.  Many of us will be traveling home this holiday season.  As usual a majority of holiday travel will be done by plane.  If you’re planning on traveling by plane with food and/or gifts, there are a few things to you need to know.

HOLIDAY CARRY ON NO-NO’S

If your flight doesn’t leave room to shop once you get home, I’d suggest asking a friend/family to pick up your cooking/baking supplies.  TSA rules are strict and anything over that pesky 3.4 oz. rule will have to be placed in your checked bag, thrown out or shipped ahead.  Here are a few things you cannot take in your carry-on bag no matter how important it is to your family recipe:

  • Wine, liquor or beer.
  • cranberry sauce
  • oils and vinegars
  • sauces
  • gift baskets with salsa, jams and salad dressings

FOOD YOU CAN BRING THROUGH SECURITY

You can bring pies and cakes thru security checkpoints but they will be subjected to additional screenings.  If an agent tells you that you can’t and that you have to dispose of it, repeat the rule and realize they’re probably just hungry.  Click here for TSA’s complete list of food and items that you should put in your checked bag/ship ahead.

HOW TO TRAVEL WITH GIFTS

Traveling with gifts doesn’t have to be a hassle or time consuming.  TSA does allow wrapped gifts thru security checkpoints.  However, if an agent flags your gift/package for additional screening (for whatever reason), the gift will have to be unwrapped and opened.  We know you have fabulous gift wrapping skills, don’t risk your beautifully wrapped gifts. Avoid the hassle altogether with these tips…

  • Pack the gift(s) in your carry-on bag where it will be the safest (especially electronics).
  • Wrap the gift(s) once you arrive at your destination.
  • Ship all your gifts ahead of time (important shipping dates below).
  • Know someone driving up later but before the holiday? Give them a few bucks for gas/tolls and ask them to bring your package.

HOLIDAY SHIPPING DATE GUIDELINES

If you’re going to ship your gifts ahead of time, there are a few dates that you need to keep in mind.  The USPS service recently announced the absolute last days that you can mail your packages for guaranteed arrival by Christmas.

  • For first class International service and priority mail, December 2nd is the last day for guaranteed delivery before December 25th.
  • For first class and priority mail on domestic deliveries, December 20th is your last day for guaranteed December 25th
  • The busiest day for mailing packages will be December 15th.

For package preparation tips and information or to use the USPS holiday planner, please visit www.usps.com.

Happy Travels…

BMWK: Are you traveling for the holidays?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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5 Important Holiday Road Trip Travel Tips!

BY: - 25 Nov '14 | Travel

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It’s here!  The first of our big holidays is just days away.  Everyone is busy doing their last minute food shopping to get ready for Thanksgiving.  If you’re not cooking more than likely you’re driving to see family and to celebrate the holiday.

Here are a few tips to help you get ready for your road trip:

  • Ensure the family car is road trip ready!  If you’re not renting a car for the drive make sure the family car has been serviced and is ready for a long road trip.
  • Avoid peak travel days.   According to AAA Wednesday’s 11/26 and 12/24 will be the busiest travel days of the year for drivers.  If you can leave early in the morning or a day before you’ll avoid the gridlock.
  • Take several rest breaks!  Don’t try to complete the drive all at once. Take a break or several (depending on the length of the trip) for rest, bathroom and food stops.
  • Keep valuables out of sight.  Store gifts, electronics and anything else of value in the trunk or covered for storage.  During the holiday season, thieves troll rest stops looking for items in cars to steal.  Take your personal electronics with you or store them out of sight.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  • Secure your home.  A lot of travelers forget to secure their home while away on vacation or for the holidays.  Double check that all doors and windows are locked and place a hold order on all mail and newspaper deliveries.  Also lock the garage door opener.   Give your home the “we’re at home look” by setting your lights to go on/off on a timer.   When your lights come on at the normal times the family is home, it will give the illusion that you are home.  Burglars won’t take a chance and move on.

The most important thing to pack for any trip especially a holiday trip is your patience.  The roads will be crowded along with rest areas, gas stations and restaurants.  So pack plenty of patience and remember everyone is just trying to enjoy the holiday.

For more travel tips, visit www.travelsense.org

BMWK, Are you traveling for the holiday? Where are you going this year?

Happy and safe travels.

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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