5 Tips for Surviving the Airport During Thanksgiving Slideshow

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1. Pack snacks

Airport food can be expensive, so pack snacks ahead of time to help you get through the long waits at the gate. If you are trying to watch what you eat before the Thanksgiving feasting begins, packing your own snacks is especially important. Airports mostly have junk food options available, and the few healthier options are usually especially expensive.

2. Stay hydrated

Traveling during the holidays is particularly exhausting, so to stay healthy and alert, make sure you keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water. It is important to note that filled water bottles are not allowed through security, so either buy a bottle once you’re through, or bring an empty one to fill up yourself.

3. Be aware of what you can’t bring on planes

If you plan on bringing food to wherever you are celebrating Thanksgiving, be aware of the restrictions for what you can bring in a carry on. Certain items are restricted, and the policies can change frequently, so check the TSA’s list of items that should be shipped ahead of time. Traditional Thanksgiving items like cranberry sauce, gravy, or even a bottle of wine are not allowed in your carry-on.

4. Avoid caffeine

Although stopping at the coffee shop in the terminal may be tempting, try to avoid caffeine if you plan on sleeping for longer flights. The holidays are a tiring time, and that combined with traveling, can leave you exhausted. Avoid caffeine to try and allow yourself to relax and rest on the flight.

5. Consider buying chewing gum for the flight

Before taking off, consider bying a pack of gum for the plane. Not only will you have fresh breath, but chewing gum will prevent your ears from popping due to changes in pressure.