Travel tips for your holiday season

Posted November 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

As Thanksgiving approaches, more and more people will be traveling in the next few weeks for holidays and family vacations. It’s never a bad thing to remind yourself of safety precautions to take before you hit the road or airport, or to check out those airport lines before you head there. USA.gov puts all your travel resources in one place so you don’t have to spend time searching for the right answers.

If you’re traveling by air this holiday season, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the best place to go for accurate flying information. Before you leave the house, confirm the proper type of ID that will get you through security, your options if randomly selected for a pat down and any other travel questions you have.

TSA also provides options to speed up your travel time. TSA PreCheck is a new program used in some airports across the country to speed up your time through security checkpoints. Through TSA PreCheck you don’t have to remove your shoes or liquids, and children 12 or younger are automatically allowed through with you. TSA also offer an app, MyTSA, you can use to check real time operating statuses at U.S. airports.

If you’ll be spending a lot of time on the roads this holiday season, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has lots of information on proper child safety while driving, as well as specific campaigns for Thanksgiving holiday travel, and driving safely during pre-holiday festivities, reminding people not to drink and drive. Before hitting the road, find out about road closures and national traffic information from the Department of Transportation.

And if you plan to travel abroad, the State Department provides a free service for U.S. citizens: the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP lets you enter your trip information before you travel, so in case of an emergency abroad, the State Department will be able to assist you faster and more easily.

No matter how you are traveling this holiday season, take a few minutes to read up on easy ways to avoid problems, lines, and traffic so you can get straight to enjoying your vacation.