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However you travel during the holidays, you’ll probably have lots of company. To navigate the most stress-free way to your destination, it’s best to be prepared in advance. We’ve collected some tips here to get you make your holiday journey easier.

Holiday Travel

Due to volume and weather, travel delays occur more frequently during the holidays. Be prepared with a back-up plan for climate-related cancellations and setbacks. Try to book a morning flight to avoid potential overnight delays and pack plenty of entertainment for yourself and the kids:

  • Book or electronic book reader, games/cards
  • MP3 player & headphones
  • DVD player & DVDs
  • Meals & snacks, journal

Easy Screening

The total liquid volume an air traveler can carry on board is limited to one quart. Place bottled liquids, aerosols and gels (cologne, shampoo, toothpaste, alcohol, hairspray, etc.) that do not exceed 3 oz. in a one-quart, zip-top, clear plastic bag for easy inspection. Anything in excess must be checked. For more information, visit.

Baggage Fees

Most U.S. airlines charge $20 to $35 per checked bag on domestic flights—except Southwest Airlines (bags fly free) and JetBlue (first checked piece is free). Airlines do not usually charge fees for the first piece of checked luggage on international flights. Check with your carrier prior to travel, since fees change constantly. To get the latest information, read our Luggage Guidelines.

Money Belts

While moving from place to place, carry essential documents, large bills and valuables out of sight in a money belt under your clothes. Keep some money in your wallet, purse or shirt pocket, but only enough for what you need for the day. Shop our large selection of money belts.

Essentials for International Travel

  • Passport
  • Itinerary with addresses & phone numbers
  • Driver’s license
  • Credit & debit cards
  • Local currency
  • Contact list from home
  • Airline tickets, rail passes & car rental reservations


To limit your luggage load, keep it simple and pack neutral attire. Add splashes of color with jewelry and scarves (like our Silky Smooth Pashmina). If you’re heading to cold climates, pack pieces that are easy to layer, such as vests and cardigans. A good rule of thumb: If you won’t wear it three times and it doesn’t complement another item, leave it at home.

Weight Restrictions

Airlines enforce luggage weight restrictions more stringently these days. Excess weight fees normally range between $25 and $50, or higher if the airline charges a percentage based on excess weight. International carriers usually allow 50 lbs. per bag at no cost. Check regulations with your airline and weigh your baggage with a luggage scale (like our Digital Luggage Scale).

Airline Meals

International flights still include meals as a flight service, but food costs extra on most domestic flights. In addition, choices may be limited and pricey—in the U.S. and Canada, you may pay $10 for an in-flight sandwich. If you don’t like the idea, pack your own food in an insulated bag.

Leave Gifts Unwrapped

Traveling during the holidays will be much easier if you don’t wrap the gifts you’re bringing. If security wants to check a wrapped package, they’ll remove the paper and you probably won’t be able to reuse it. Wait until you arrive at your destination to wrap gifts, or mail packages to your destination before you leave.

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