If it feels like everyone you know is travelling or planning a trip right now, it’s because they are. There’s been a major increase in flights over the last few months and it’s unlikely to slow down as we head into a typically busy time of year for travel. But you don't have to give yourself the FOMO, why not embrace that travel itch too and get back to trip planning!
This return of Canadians to travel has led to airport delays and airline cancellations across the country. These are a headache and not a fun way to start (or finish) your vacation, but it doesn't have to leave you wishing you'd stayed home on the couch *again*. Instead, follow these travel and packing tips to make sure your return to the skies is smooth flying.
Add Extra Time at the Airport
Give yourself lots of time at the airport before your flight. You’ve probably been told this before, but this advice rings even more true now. Airports have increased the recommended time you need upon arrival to make sure you've got the latest information for where you're going (domestic or international).
Consider who and what you’re travelling with too: If you're travelling with family or just lots of bags, you might want to include even more buffer time.
How to Pack a Carry On
Many people are opting to forego checked baggage due to airline issues. No one wants to be without their items when they're travelling - it's a big inconvenience. So, when you’re getting ready for a trip, think about what you really need to bring and be selective with your choices.
The big takeaway here is simple: pack lighter. You could be one of those people that brings five pairs of pants when you're really just going to wear the one pair on repeat.. Resist the urge! Use a packing checklist for travel to slim down your list of must have items and consider going carry-on only. There are great tutorials online on this. And here are some other tips to keep in mind if you’re wondering how to pack a carry-on:
- Consider what might be at your destination that you can use so you don’t need to bring it. If you’re staying at a hotel, you can use the hotel-provided shampoo and conditioner.
- Roll your clothes! Save on wrinkles and space by rolling your clothes.
- Use packing cubes. These not only help you organize your items but can be great space savers too.
- Plan your outfits in advance. Pick out items to bring that you can mix and match. Wear your bulky running shoes onto the plane and pack those light flip-flops for the beach.
Stay In the Know
This is a big one, stay informed. Travel in 2022 looks different than it did in 2019. Guidelines around travel safety, COVID-19 requirements and more are changing constantly. As we head into a busy travel season, things could change again. It’s up to you as the traveller to make sure you have the right information. This might require a bit more work upfront, but it will save you time when you’re on the move. The Government of Canada website includes useful information about guidelines for Canada as well as your destination and makes sure you’re up to date with their entry requirements.
Also consider what you need to have if you're travelling after having COVID. You may need proof of vaccination or a negative test depending on where you’re going. Travelling after having COVID doesn’t need to stress you out - just make sure you’re prepared.
A Travel Checklist Must-Have: Trip Insurance
Picture this: You’re at the airport three hours early and just sailed through security with your expertly-packed carry-on. Your travel documents are stored in your bag and you’ve got time for a long coffee shop line-up. You can rest easy now that you’ve also remembered the biggest travel checklist must-have: trip cancellation insurance.
The most important thing to pack is GMS Trip Cancellation Insurance, and lucky you, it doesn’t take up much space in that carry-on of yours. We can plan all we want but sometimes things happen that are out of our control. That’s where trip cancellation insurance from GMS comes in. Focus on enjoying that vacation you’ve been waiting for, knowing that you’re covered for unexpected costs of delays, or lost or damaged belongings.