TICO’s March Break survival guide – 5 must-do tips before you leave for your holiday

The March Break countdown is officially on! You’ve spent countless hours deliberating destinations, reading reviews and crunching the budget before you decided on the perfect destination for your family. Now that March Break is mere days away, the whole family is excited about the beach, ski slopes or historic sites that await them.

To make sure your vacation goes off without a hitch, consider these five tips before you head off on your holiday:

  1. Know your baggage allowance – each airline has its own baggage allowance policy, which can differ based on the destination you’re going to and the fare class you’ve purchased. To avoid costly surprises at the airport, double check your invoice for your baggage allowance and associated fees, if applicable.

 

  1. Have the right documentation in place – Some destinations require travel visas or that your passport is valid for another six months beyond your return date. And, if only one parent or guardian is travelling with a child, consider bringing a consent letter that shows the other parent or guardian consents to the travel.

 

  1. Confirm that you’re covered – Ontario ended OHIP’s out-of-country medical coverage at the beginning of the year. While some travelers may think they are covered through their credit card or group benefits plans, it’s always a smart idea to know exactly what you’re covered for and purchase additional insurance if there are any gaps.

 

  1. Check your flight status – March weather can be unpredictable, so be sure to check your flight status before you depart for the airport. Even if it’s sunny and clear where you are, there might be a storm in the destination your plane is arriving from.

 

  1. Arrive early – March Break is a peak travel time at airports, meaning lines for parking, check-in, baggage drop-off and security screening might be significantly longer than normal. Be sure to leave yourself lots of time to get through the whole process and avoid the undue stress of possibly missing your flight.

We always recommend booking with a TICO-registered travel agency or website, which can assist you with navigating the fine print such as luggage allowance and documentation requirements.

For more travel tips, information and how TICO can help, visit our Smart Traveller’s Guide.