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Summer Airport Travel Tips

June 3, 2011 by

Traveling in the summer can be fun and exciting but it can also prove to be stressful.  With summer comes a much larger group of travelers.  Many families take their yearly vacations when the children are out of school and when the weather is warm.  As a result, airports are much busier than ever.

airport parking

Parking at the airport can be a big issue, especially if you don’t think about it ahead of time at airports such as LAX, JFK, DIA, or PHX.  Choose a parking lot or facility ahead of time by checking the airport’s website.  Find out the cost of the various parking lots and how long you are allowed to stay in them on sites like Parking Connection.  You can waste quite a bit of time by driving around trying to find the right place to park.

One option that many people don’t consider is valet parking.  Valet parking simplifies the parking process and is well worthwhile.  Using valet parking allows you to pull right up to the valet and drop off your car.  You won’t need to park and you’ll be as close to the airport terminal as you possibly could be.  Just grab your luggage and you’re ready to head right into the airport.  You can save as much as an hour of time and a mile of walking by using valet parking.

At the Terminal

The lines can be quite long.  It is best to arrive early so that you can more easily get your luggage checked.  Check with your airline ahead of time to find out what can be carried on and how many suitcases you’re allowed to check.  Learn what time you can begin to check in for your flight.  Pack according to the current rules and regulations.  Know about extra charges and be prepared to pay them.

Security

Increased security is meant to ensure the safety of all passengers.  However, you can spend a lot of time waiting to get through security checkpoints.  To make getting through security easier, follow a few simple tips.  Wear loose fitting clothing and shoes that can easily slip off and on.  You’ll likely need to remove your shoes so make it as easy on yourself as possible.  Wear as little extra jewelry as possible so you won’t set off the alarm.  Also, keep as few items as possible in your pocket since you’ll need to remove them to go through security.

At the Gate

You’ll likely end up with a lot of extra time to wait for your flight at the gate.  Get your bearings by seeing any shops or eateries nearby.  Check in as soon as you can and get your boarding pass.  Have plenty of things to keep you busy while you’re waiting to board.  If you haven’t eaten, be sure to grab some food to hold you over during your trip.  Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages but instead have water or juice to stay hydrated.  Stay within earshot of the gate so you will hear any important announcements concerning your flight. Don’t leave your bags unattended as they will be an easy target for thieves.