How to remove some of the holiday travel stress

Published: Nov. 20, 2018 at 8:12 PM AKST
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Whether it's visiting family or taking a family vacation, travelling during the holidays can leave anyone feeling pressure. Danielle Tessen with the Alaska Department of Transportation has some tips on how to make everything run according to plan.

"For airport travel, it is important to check your flight status before you leave and arrive to the airport at least two hours before your flight departs, even at Fairbanks. If you are going to bring a gift, it is advised to put it in a gift bag that way TSA can take a peek at what is inside rather than having to unwrap it," she said.

Tessen says even holiday food has its own set of rules. TSA has guidelines for transporting everything from pumpkin pie to turkey to gravy.

Another mode of transportation used in holiday travel is driving. Tessen says some travel may take people through remote areas. She says a few ways to stay safe while driving are to prepare for no cell service, tell someone where you will be travelling and an estimated time of arrival. Plan to travel during the day and be sure to pack plenty of snacks and activities for family travel.

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