5 Tips for Less Stressful Holiday Travel

The holidays are drawing near and as you book your travel plans to visit family and friends or to journey to a destination on your bucket list, keep these 5 tips in mind during your travel preparation for a less stressful travel experience. 

  1. Easier option at the TSA line. Apply for TSA PreCheck® before your next plane ride for an easier experience at the airport. With this expedited screening process, the lines are shorter, you can keep your shoes and belt on, and you will not have to remove laptops or approved liquids from your carry-on. TSA PreCheck is available at various airports in Hawaii and one airport in Guam and is especially advantageous at major U.S airports where the regular TSA line might be long. The application process is online, but allot time to schedule the 10-minute background check appointment. There is a fee and it covers 5 years of membership, making it worthwhile for frequent travelers.  Plus, U.S. Armed Forces and Department of Defense civilians can qualify for TSA PreCheck almost automatically by using your DoD identification number. Learn more about the DoD eligibility here.
  2. Do not bring presents gift-wrapped to the airport. TSA may open gifts during inspection so bring items unwrapped and pack collapsible gift bags or elect to give gift cards that can be easily stored in your carry on. Consider shipping presents before you leave and eliminate the hassle of hauling them to your destination.
  3. Check your home security system. Even if you are not traveling, if you have a home security system, test that it’s working properly in anticipation of the holiday season being busy with shopping, holiday parties and simply a lot of time spent out of your home. This will give you peace of mind during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
  4. Hold mail and newspaper delivery or ask a neighbor to retrieve your mail and newspapers. United States Post Office provides a quick online way to schedule a hold on your mail. Not only will your mail be safe from identity thieves, by placing your mail and newspapers on hold, they will not pile up and become a giveaway to thieves that you are out of town.
  5. Should I get car rental insurance? If you plan on renting a vehicle, check with your insurance company about the type of coverage you have and you could avoid buying rental car insurance through the car rental company.  Your collision and comprehensive coverage may extend to the damage or theft of a rental, your liability insurance may cover damage done to others, and your homeowners’ or renter’s insurance may cover stolen belongings from your rental or just while traveling.  Furthermore, if you pay for your rental with a First Hawaiian Bank Priority Destinations World Elite MasterCard® or World MasterCard®, the Master Rental benefit may help as a secondary coverage. Click to learn more.

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