Traveling home (and back) for the holidays is no easy task. In fact, in addition to the busiest travel day of the year, it’s probably one of the most stressful days! Worrying about winter storms, flight delays, traffic jams and the 25 million other travelers make traveling for the holidays one of the worst travel times in the US. So we’ve gathered some quick travel tips to help you survive the airport this holiday season.

Survive Holiday Travel

  1. Leave later

For many of us it’s difficult to leave too early for the holidays to beat the crowds. Some experts say that if you can’t leave early, your next best option is to actually travel on the holiday. You’re likely to miss the big crowds, and you won’t have to wait for all that delicious food to cook!

 

  1. Arrive at the Airport Early

If you’re flying, think about getting to the airport earlier than normal. With millions of other travelers going through airports you’re better off getting to your gate early. We don’t want to add any more stress to your trip. TripCase will keep you updated on gate changes or flight delays.Survive Holiday Travel

 

  1. Carry on Bags

Carrying on your bags will not only save you time at the airport, but if your flight gets delayed, you’ll be prepared. During the holiday season flights can easily be canceled or delayed and you’ll be thankful you have your clothes, medication and toiletries! With the winter weather across much of the United States right now, this is a big one.

Survive Holiday Travel

  1. Triple Check

Have you ever gotten to the airport only to realize you’re flight is delayed, canceled or even the next day? We don’t want this to happen to you. So make sure you check your flight status, terminal and the weather of your destination all in TripCase before you leave for the airport. If you’re sporting a shiny new smartwatch, you’ll even get TripCase notifications right there on your wrist.

 

  1. Use TSA PreCheck

Security at the airport can be unpredictable, and there’s likely to be lots of “newbies” who aren’t well-versed in how to get through security smoothly. TSA PreCheck can be a great option to bypass the regular security line and get through much more quickly. It’ll cost you $85 to get signed up, but if you travel often, that’s well worth the time you’ll save.

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What’s your best tip to survive holiday travel?