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Flying Challenges in December: Holiday Survival Guide for SeaTac Flyers

vacation travelThe December holidays can be much fun when you’re traveling – but this time period also leads to some unique challenges. From getting that last-minute flight, to packing essentials without overloading your luggage, to keeping the kids calm during your journey, everyone can use a few tips on tackling the most common holiday traveling challenges. Here are some points worth considering as you get ready for your December trip.

Last-minute Arrangements

Most of us wish that we could always secure airline and hotel arrangements far in advance of every trip – but life doesn’t always work out that way. You may not know until December that your boss will actually give you the time off that you requested. Your friends or family might change their plans or experience an unforeseen obstacle, resulting in necessary changes for you. Whatever the reasons are that force you to try to book travel arrangements late in the game, fear not. You may be surprised at the deals you can find during the December holiday travel rush.

A secret that seasoned, modern-day travelers know well is to make use of travel apps. While you may not be able to find the spectacular deal on a hotel room that you could get in the off season, you can still get rooms and flights at relatively reasonable rates. Apps that you might utilize include Kayak’s Holiday Travel Hacker, Hopper’s Get the Flight Out, and Fareness.

Packing Light

The last thing you’ll want to do during a December trip is drag around heavy luggage. If your instinct is to stuff your bags with as much as they can possibly contain, consider this: At least one airline is planning to charge for overhead storage in the near future. That means that it’s in your best interest to keep the contents of your bags as minimal as possible.

If you’ll only be gone for a week or so, try to limit yourself to two pairs of shoes. Wear one comfortable pair during your flight, and bring another pair for more formal occasions that may arise during your trip. Instead of bringing an outfit for every day of your vacation, pack a few items that you can mix and match. You might buy mild detergent when you get to your destination, so you may hand wash items as needed and hang them to air-dry.

Keeping Kids Happy

Traveling can make children feel restless and irritable, so pack a few items strategically to prevent meltdowns. Bring a few of their favorite toys and games; you may even want to find a special game that they only play when you’re traveling. Don’t forget to pack or buy healthy snacks to keep their appetites satisfied.

Above all else, remember to enjoy yourself! You deserve a trip away from home, and traveling during December can be festive and a lot of fun. No matter what kinds of challenges you face along the way, the right mindset will help to keep you in the holiday spirit.

One more tip to combat holiday travel stress: Remember to leave your vehicle at an offsite SeaTac parking lot, like Aeroparking. The rates are affordable, the facility is secure, and the lot is a convenient (and free) shuttle ride away from SeaTac Airport!

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