International Travel Tips – Part One

Often times when people are travelling they dread going through security at the airport but there are some tips that you can follow to make it a little bit easier for you and probably for the people standing behind you. We experienced some trouble this year when going Grand Canyon river rafting that made us realize we need to be more prepared.

First of all; know that you’re probably going to have to take your coat off; if you’re travelling during the colder months you don’t want to layer too many pieces of clothing because you’re going to take off a lot of them. Other things, your belt, you probably want to take your belt off, keep that in mind, anything in your pocket that is metal, some pieces of jewelry, some coins will set off the alarms, anything you can do to minimized that.

There are small little tracer that you can put your stuff in but again; put all of those heavy metal items into your carry-on, it’s going to save a lot of time for you and for the people behind you. And other thing; in your carry-on luggage you know you can only take liquids in three ounce containers. If you don’t know that you know that now. Three ounces or less for aerosols and all of your liquids, they all have to be put in see-thru containers and then put into a 1 quart plastic bag, that’s right; it’s just 1 quart, it’s not very big.

This is the size and it is one bag per traveler. Anything bigger that you need to take with you, put it to your checked luggage, not a problem. Speaking of luggage; you can no longer lock your bags that you’re checking through security at the airport but you need to leave them unlock unless of course you picked up one of these locks that is approved by the transportation security administration. It’s about $11, you can find them at most luggage storage, triple A, I actually carry them, I pick this up there locally, so again; $11.
The trick with these is that there’s actually a master key that all of the security agents has so they can open your luggage if they need to perform a search. Another thing; I’m going to reach over … talking about the three ounces … TSA that is the Transportation Security Administration again and they have recently made some changes to their rules, so if you have prescription medicines, if you have breast milk or baby food or juice for a young child that is travelling with you, you are okay to carry those on in larger amounts than three ounces, you just need to make them aware of it.

So you need to pull it out at your carry-on luggage again and make sure that they bring these and they see the child or the prescription with your medicine. Okay so we’ve gotten in through a security but we need to back up, you need a ticket to travel. So we have some great ideas of where you can get tickets and what time of day, that’s right, there are days of the week and times that are better for buying a ticket’ Wednesdays between 12 and 1 am, yeah you’re just up late and get online but you know what, it’s probably worth it, this is the window when airline starts releasing their tickets. Now the trick is to make sure you’re looking in the time zone that that airline is headquartered it. so Frontier Airlines; headquartered in Denver, so it be 12 to 1 am rocky mountain time, Wednesdays keep that in mind.

These are just a few tips but I have some more coming in part two and three.

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