Whether you are heading off on a cruise or a different type of vacation, you’ll probably be spending some time in a car, bus, train or plane. If you’re traveling with kids, think about what you’ll need to keep them occupied and happy. Pack some small toys and games, as well as some healthy snacks. Remind tweens and teens to bring along the chargers for their mobile phones and music players and to charge the devices up before setting off. Be sure to keep close tabs on all electronic devices so they aren’t lost or stolen.
If you haven’t flown for a while, remember the Transportation Safety Administration’s 3-1-1 rule for carry-on bags. Any liquids, aerosols or gels must be in individual containers of 3.4 ounces or less; they must all fit in one quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag; and just one bag is allowed per passenger.
If you’re traveling internationally, check your passport expiration date. Many countries require your passport to be valid for at least six months beyond your date of entry. If it’s less than 12 months until your passport expires, take steps to have it renewed.
The current government sequester that is causing reductions in federal budgets – including that of the Federal Aviation Administration – has certainly been in the news. As of this writing, the cuts are no longer expected to impact air travel, but could still impact border control operations at airports and cruise ports with delays and longer wait times.
With or without sequestration, here are some tips as you make summer air travel plans. Flying at non-peak times (early in the morning, later at night) may help, as will being prepared to move efficiently through airport security screening. You can also work with your travel professional to find out if you can reach your destination through airports other than the often-congested major hubs, which could also save you some travel time and money.
For more tips and assistance planning your summer vacation, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal travel expert.
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