Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year. The Charlotte-Douglas airport is a very busy one, being the hub for US Air, and Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year. Whether by plane, train or automobile, traveling can be stressful. If you are leaving your apartment in Charlotte, NC to head to your family’s home this holiday, here are some tips to make your trip easier.
Here are some tips for those who are flying:
Get Familiar with TSA's Rules: Often times families only fly once or twice a year and may not be up to date with what you can and can't bring on a plane. Can you bring baby formula? Do you need to take off your infant’s shoes? Can you pack wrapped presents for grandma and grandpa? You can find the answers to these questions and more on their website.
Technology is your friend: Download your kids' favorite movies or episodes of TV shows to your laptop or iPad. Also download their favorite games like Angry Birds to your phone.
Get there early: You never know what might happen! Lots of traffic getting to the airport, long lines at check-in or security, an overbooked flight… Ease the stress a little by giving yourself time to handle these situations. Arrive at least two hours before your flight. If everything goes smoothly and you find yourself with extra time on your hands, let the kids watch the planes pull in and out of the gates from the windows.
Bring a gum or hard candy: The changing air pressure can cause terrible pain in little ones' ears. Be sure to bring some gum, hard candy or lollipops for older kids and a bottle or pacifier for tinier tots. The sucking motion helps prevent the ears from popping.
Check on the bag check policy: Some airlines have high baggage check fees and offer free carry-ons. Others may charge for carry-ons. On one flight, you may be able to bring two carry-on items, and other airlines limit it to one. Check your airline’s policy before you get to the airport so you won’t be blind-sided by fees.