Top 5 Summer Vacation Tips
1. When booking an airline flight, book early. Summer flights fill up extremely fast and the longer you wait the more expensive it will be. Another way to save money? Do not buy your tickets during ‘peak' times. Try to book between Monday through Thursday and between mid-morning to early afternoon or even the evening. Prices will be substantially lower during these times and less busy.
2. Dress and pack with security in mind. For a smoother trip, be up to date on all the prohibited items and rules at the Transporation Safety's Administration's Web site. TSA Pack your medicine, jewelry, and other valuables in your carry-on baggage but remember the TSA's new 3-1-1 for Carry-ons (for liquids): "3 ounce bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. " In order to navigate through security faster plan ahead on what to wear, avoid wearing anything that contains metal (clothing, shoes, jewelry). And wear socks! You are required to take off your shoes and most airports do not offer socks.
3. If taking a road trip, be sure your car is in top shape as to avoid issues later on. Ex. Check your tire pressure and tread, check all your fluids (oil, antifreeze), and prepare an emergency kit. For a full vehicle safety checklist click here . What you should include in your emergency kit, how to avoid fatigue, packing smart and more at Edmunds.com.
4. Another absolute essential for road tripping? Shopping for gas prices before you even leave town. Some of the following websites even have mobile tools to check on the road! GasBuddy.com ,GasPriceWatch.com, Map Quest Gas Prices
5. "Staycation". A staycation is defined as a vacation close to home and with rising gas prices it is becoming much more popular. Ideas? Go to a local amusement park, drive to the nearest town and act like a total tourist (for that matter, act like a tourist in your own hometown!), go to a Bed and Breakfast on the outskirts of town and relax, drive to a nearby beach or lake, visit a festival in or nearby your city. But most importantly, have fun and relax!!!
Looking for staycation ideas in Baton Rouge? Try to check off as many of the "225 things to do in Baton Rouge", compiled by 225 magazine, as you can!