Winter Air Travel: 15 Tips for Minimizing Your Stress

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  1. Call the airport before leaving your home. This will allow your to know if there are any delays for mechanical issues.
  2. Arrive at the airport 60-90 before your flight. It will give you time to manuever in bad weather since as rain or snow and your can minimize your risk for an accident because your added time to your schedule.
  3. Carry the names/phone numbers of contacts for when you arrive and depart your destinations.
  4. Check with your air/travel agent about best bargains depending on your destination. You may be able to save hundreds of dollars by travelling at specific date/time.
  5. Decide on the possiblity of insurance to protect your travel plans.
  6. Keep your carry own luggage light including an extra pay of eyeglasses, medications, money, and underwear.
  7. Keep track of your belongings and put name/address of luggage. If you feel uncomfortable with your home information. Put your work information.
  8. Learn about any baggage limits and weight requirements. More and more airlines are limiting how many pieces of language you can have and some charge additional fees.
  9. Make sure you have the proper identification for your destination. Most places require a passport and you may have to show your id at check-in, boarding, and security.
  10. Parking at the airport should be avoided since poor weather can cause your car to be snowed in for days/weeks at the airport parking lot. Also, reserve parking if you can not avoid parking your car.
  11. Speak with health care provider/physician about any vaccines you may need for travel. International travel tends to require vaccines and it may take time for your system to build up resistance.
  12. Question your air carrier about how they handle overbookings and flight cancellations for weather.
  13. Take one or two good books to pass the time. Many people forget so put this on your list.
  14. Try to book your flight via the Internet to save time.
  15. Watch out for poor weather conditions by keeping a battery-operated radio for weather reports in case of a major storm.
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