Holiday Travel Etiquette to Get You Through Your Trip

travel etiquette

Just like with dining, the workplace, interviews, and more, there’s a good travel etiquette to follow – especially around the holidays. Everyone’s a little frazzled this time of year, so mind your manners and it’ll make the trip easier for both you and other travelers. Here are some great tips from our EWR Airport parking members:

Pack Light

When you fly, you’re going to need some room in the overhead storage bins for your luggage, so pack light. Your flight will most likely be full, which means everyone (and their luggage) will be squeezing in to make it home for the holidays, so do yourself (and others) a favor and pack your gifts and your big puffy coat in your checked luggage.

Be Courteous

You should be courteous all the time, but especially around the holidays. Chances are you’re a little stressed and others are too, so even if you’re so irritated that you feel like setting things on fire, put on a smile and be nice: Say thank you; don’t take up more room than necessary on the plane; don’t play your music too loud; wait until after takeoff to recline your seat, and more.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

There’s nothing more frustrating than being in a hurry and running into someone who’s blocking your path for no apparent reason. Airports and planes will be busy this season, so pay attention to your surroundings and you’ll avoid unwanted collisions, frustrations, and awkward situations.

Prep for Security

Security lines will be long, so be prepared by packing only what’s appropriate (for a complete list, click here), having your passport, ID, and boarding pass ready, taking your laptop out of its case, and removing your jewelry, coins, watches, and any other metal items. This will make things run faster and smoother.

Tip a Little Extra

It’s the holidays, which means it’s a time for giving. If you take a taxi or a bellhop brings your luggage up to your hotel room, tip them a little extra. You’ll put a smile on their face and feel good about doing something nice for someone.

Arrive Early

Traveling around Christmas or New Year’s is bound to be hectic, so do yourself a favor and be early for your flight. There will be long lines to wait in, so give yourself some extra time in case something goes wrong.

Also – don’t forget to make your EWR Airport parking reservation if you’re flying out of Newark Airport this season! We’ll take good care of your car and give you peace of mind while you’re spending time with your family.