Summer is here and I'm sure many of you are making plans to travel this summer. Along with the fun of traveling, comes the woes, too. I have been compiling a list of travel tips.
TIPS FOR THE AIRPORT
Little Black Dress
· Much like we all have a little black dress . . . we all seem to own a little black suitcase. Suitcases on the baggage claim carrel surprisingly look the same. Mark yours so it stands out. I.E.: colorful nametag, sticker, strap, etc. VERY IMPORTANT! Before you walk away with a suitcase, check the nametag. Make sure you did in fact choose the correct little back one!
· You will find it much quicker to check in if you check in and print your boarding passes at home.
· Read the rules online ahead of time so you will know what is and isn’t allowed. When you get up to the table where you put your stuff in the bins, put your stuff in one bin at a time and stack them. Stacking the bins that contain your stuff while your push them down the table to the security machine saves valuable space so other people can begin getting their stuff ready.
· Once you get through the line and are retrieving your stuff, empty the bins and stack them again so you give other travelers room.
· Situational awareness! I can’t stress this enough. This means you need to be aware of your surroundings and how it affects others. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people who will stop in the middle of the hallway instead of moving over to the side; which creates traffic headaches. Airports are a crazy, hectic place where everyone is stressed trying to get somewhere in a short amount of time. You can help everyone’s stress level by not impeding the flow of traffic.
Airport Waiting Areas
· In an ideal world we could spread all of our travel belongings out like we were at home, but when you travel you’re NOT at home. Therefore you need to keep your stuff CLOSE to you so as many people as possible can sit in the limited amount of seats. Parents, while many of us have traveled with small children before and realize it is stressful, it would be even more stressful if your child got hurt because you wanted to let your child “stretch his/her legs”. I can’t tell you how many parents I see let their small children run around while travelers are dodging their children. It’s a disaster waiting to happen! Keep them close to you.
· When you purchase an airplane ticket you are “renting space” . . . albeit a small amount of space. But, for that flight, that assigned space is yours. It is inconsiderate when you “trespass” into another passenger’s rented space. I was on one 4 hours flight where this former professional football player had his right buttocks on my seat the entire flight. That was major trespassing! I felt like I should get my ticket refunded. If you need more space purchase 2 tickets.
· This may not be technically considered trespassing but in my opinion it is irritating. Airlines have reclining seats and many travelers think that as soon as they sit down they should recline their seat. All you are going to do is irritate the person behind you. If you absolutely feel you must recline your seat, only recline it part way. Most experienced travelers such as business travelers only recline when it is a late night flight . . . say after 10 p.m. This is an appropriate time to invade the person behind you space. No joke! I was on a 6 hours flight from Hawaii. It left at 2 pm. We weren’t into our flight 15 minutes when the lady ahead me reclined the seat. Her seat LITERALLY touched my knees. UGH! I even took a picture to prove it because I am writing to Hawaiian Airlines. Granted! My knees were crossed, but their seats recline too far if goes all the way back to the next person's knees.
Parents, from first hand experience I found that my daughter was happier when we took her car seat on the airplane. I guess it is because it felt familiar to her. We have flown countless times with her and I don’t think she ever cried one time. I give her car seat the credit!
TIPS FOR THE HOTEL
Remember the science lesson about how sounds travel? Well, this applies to hotels, too. When you are in the hallways your voice should be very low. This is not the time to let your kids run up and down the hall to expend their energy.
Time to Wake Up
If you need to be somewhere at a certain time, you will want to make sure that you wake up at the right time. You have two options. You can either call the front desk and ask them to give you a wake up call or you can set the alarm clock. TIP: Make sure you turn OFF the alarm clock. On my last trip, the people next door left their alarm clock on and left their room. Three days in a row their alarm clock's "ding, ding, ding" went on forever (or so it seemed) until an employee could come up and turn it off for them. By that time, the neighbors on both side of this room were awake and not very happy. If you find alarm clocks challenging, bring your own. You can find inexpensive travel alarm clocks that are small at many retailers.
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Do you want to make your summer vacation more educational for your children? I originally made the packet below to give to my students that went on vacations during the school year. It would also work great for summer vacations.
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