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Tried and True Thanksgiving Travel Tips

  • November 19, 2018
  • By Taylor, Communications Team
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Tried and True Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Whether your favorite part of Thanksgiving is the turkey, the pie, or gathering together, making the trek to wherever you celebrate is probably not at the top of the list. It’s the time of year when airports get busier and flights get fuller, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make things a little easier.

Here are a few ways to help take the stress out of Thanksgiving travel during every step of the process:

Before you go

  • Pack light – The less you bring, the less you have to haul through the airport. While that may seem like a simple no-brainer, it’s worth a reminder that maybe you can live without that extra pair of shoes or an extra oversized sweater for a few days.
  • Check TSA – It’s no secret that food is the star of this particular holiday, so if you’re bringing anything edible with you, be sure to double check TSA’s approved food items list for what can be carried on the plane vs. what you should pack in checked luggage. (Quick hints: you can carry-on your turkey, pie, and stuffing, but you will need to check the cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.)
  • Prep your electronics – There’s nothing worse than running out of power while traveling, whether it’s your phone, camera, or iPad. Be sure to plug everything in and get those battery levels to 100% the night before so that it’s one less thing to worry about on the day you leave. Pro-tip: this is also a great time to download any movies, TV shows, music, podcasts, or other entertainment for the flight.

At the airport

  • Get there early – Again, this one’s probably obvious, but when you arrive at the airport with ample time before your flight, you’re far less likely to run into hectic situations like anxiously waiting in long security lines or having to sprint to your gate. Instead, you’ll be rewarded with enough time to grab a coffee or peruse airport shops for last-minute gifts for your Thanksgiving hosts.
  • Check your bag – While we still suggest packing light, carry-on space is always at a premium. Save yourself the annoyance of dragging a roller bag through the airport when it’s at its busiest or trying to heft it into a full overhead bin, and enjoy a much quicker boarding process instead.
  • Be ready for the unexpected – It’s November, and unfortunately, weather delays can be a reality of the season. It’s never a bad plan to pack snacks, an empty water bottle, and something to keep everyone entertained just in case you’ll have a little more time to spend at the gate.

On the plane

  • Relax – Take a few deep breaths and snuggle into your seat. Catch up on your shows or that book you brought and treat yourself to some forced pre-holiday downtime. Maybe even take a nap if you’re one of those super-humans who can sleep on planes.
  • Stay hydrated – That water bottle we mentioned earlier? Be sure to use it. Staying hydrated during a flight can help with all kinds of things including your energy level, mood, and overall health. That goes for your skin too, so it’s not a bad idea to pack your favorite lotion.
  • Be courteous – It’s good to remember that this is a busy travel season for everyone including other passengers, flight crew and airport staff. Take a deep breath, be aware of your surroundings and always follow the “golden rule” you learned as a kid.

When you land

  • Double-check – Before you leave your seat, make sure you have everything you brought with you on the plane. We find all kinds of things in our seatback pockets, so make sure your cell phone or tablet isn’t one of them. If you opted to store anything in the overhead bin, don’t forget to check there too.
  • Plan ahead – Getting picked up at the airport by a relative or rideshare? If your relative is a local, chances are they know the best spots to meet, so agree on a time and place before you land. That way, you’re not trying to juggle luggage, kids, and your cell phone while maneuvering to an unknown location. Ordering a taxi, Lyft or Uber? We also recommend booking that ahead.
  • Enjoy! – You may have heard us say it before, but we’re all about connecting people to their favorite people, places, and memories. While that’s true any time of year, Thanksgiving is a great time to make new memories with your favorite people, and it’s always our pleasure to be your ride.

Whether you’re traveling near or far, we’d like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Sun Country!

By Taylor, Communications Team, November 19, 2018 Taylor is part of the Communications Team at Sun Country Airlines. What she loves most? Sun Country’s love of all things Minnesota and the airline’s focus on making everyone – from crew to passengers – feel right at home. If she were hopping on a flight tomorrow, she’d be headed west to Portland or south to Puerto Vallarta.

Taylor, Communications Team

Taylor is part of the Communications Team at Sun Country Airlines. What she loves most? Sun Country’s love of all things Minnesota and the airline’s focus on making everyone – from crew to passengers – feel right at home. If she were hopping on a flight tomorrow, she’d be headed west to Portland or south to Puerto Vallarta.

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