Traveling for the long weekend? What you should not forget, from baggage to the arrival box

With the long weekend in August on Canadians, many are planning to take advantage of the extra time and head out on a trip. This can be daunting for many, as some of the country’s major airports continue to experience chaotic scenes of long queues and lots of lost luggage. Yahoo News Canada Talk to Toronto-based travel expert Barry Choi about what travelers should consider when heading out for the long weekend, especially if they’re traveling internationally.

Tip #1: Keep in mind where you’re going and what’s going on

Since long weekends are the busiest time to travel, Choi says you should be aware of what the situation is like before setting off on your adventure. For example, if you’re flying to the US in the morning, this is the time when the longest tends to show up, so be sure to get there early. Some airports, such as Toronto Pearson, have indications about peak times for travel. So be sure to check it out before you go out.

Tip #2: Know how much and what things are allowed to be packed

One aspect that has been added to the delays is the excess weight of baggage or packing above the allotted amount of liquids. As more and more people are traveling with carry-on baggage, many are forgetting the rules. Most airlines set limits on how much bags can weigh, and the general rule is that you are not allowed to bring more than 100ml of liquids and any packed liquids must be clear plastic. luggage.

“Often the delays are through security because people are overweight,” Choi says. “They forget what can and can’t go on and they use bags that are too big.”

Before you travel, be sure to read the fluids and bag sizes allowed.

Tip #3: Buy travel insurance

It’s important to have a backup plan, just in case something unexpected happens. Choi says this is where travel insurance comes in handy, specifically for things like flight cancellations, flight delays, and lost or delayed baggage.

“Now is the time to make sure you have that kind of insurance,” he says. “You don’t want to be one of those people who sleep on airport seats or on the floor.”

Tip #4: Have a backup plan

Technically, airlines are responsible for correcting errors that may occur during your travel, when it comes to delays or cancellations. But Choi says you shouldn’t wait for them to magically fix things.

“See if there are any alternative flights or alternative flights you can take,” he says. “But since everyone is going to try to do the same thing, if you can avoid air travel and take a road trip, do that instead. Not necessarily a bad thing.”

Tip #5: Be aware of the rules regarding vaccination

When traveling outside of Canada, make sure you have the ArriveCAN app to fill out the mandatory travel and public health information. The protocol is required for travelers coming to Canada from abroad. Choi says it is important to know what is required of you when it comes to your vaccination status.

“If you haven’t been vaccinated, you can still technically travel but you may have to do a PCR test to go back to Canada and possibly quarantine,” he says. “Yes, travel has opened up but it still depends on the vaccination status.

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