With Spring Break starting for the majority of students next week, no doubt you’re hastily preparing and packing for vacation. You’re already anticipating the lineups at your favourite amusement park or fighting for a pool-side chair, so you definitely don’t need any added airport stress.
We’ve got spring break travel tips to help keep the stress to a minimum:
4-5 days before you travel
- Determine what you can and cannot take with you. Carry-on baggage restrictions can be confusing, but the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority (CATSA) has a complete list of permitted and non-permitted items and other restrictions on its website.
- Confirm your itinerary and reservations with your airline and check baggage quantity and weight specifications. You don’t want to arrive at the airport to find out that you have too many pieces of checked luggage or that they’re overweight
- Ensure you have the appropriate I.D. for each person travelling, and that none of the pieces have expired. Everyone knows someone who’s booked that last minute trip, only to find out their passport expired the previous month.
2-3 days before you travel
- Learn what services your flight offers. You may want to pre-load videos or games on your laptop or iPad.
- Make a transportation plan. If you are driving to the airport, have a parking plan and print off a long-term parking lot coupon from www.yvr.ca to park from just $44.95 (plus tax) a week.
- If you plan on taking Canada Line, visit www.translink.ca and plan your route. Pre-purchase FareSaver tickets for your return trip home to save you the $5 per person Add Fare.
Day before you travel
- View a map of our terminal to get familiarized with the layout of the airport. Locate washrooms, food courts, security and Customer Care counters. If you have any questions, or need assistance at any time, our friendly Green Coat Volunteers are stationed through the airport to guide you.
- Most major airlines serving YVR allow you to check in online up to 24 hours in advance. Visit your airline’s website and print your boarding pass before you leave for the airport or have it emailed to your handheld mobile device.
- Visit www.yvr.ca and check your flight status online. If you have any questions or concerns about your flight, be sure to contact your airlines and have their contact information on hand.
At the Airport
- Allow ample time to check in, clear security and board your flight. Factor in time for traffic congestion, parking and walking to the terminal.
- Grab a meal from any YVR restaurant and ask to have it packaged as Food on the Fly™ so you can take on board.
- If your kids need to burn some energy before your flight, you’ll want to visit one of our Children’s Play Areas located throughout the terminal. These spaces will ignite the imagination of your kids, offering a safe place to jump, run and dream.
Before Security: Domestic Terminal Food Court, Departures Level 3
After Security: Domestic Terminal, Gate 3
Domestic Terminal, Gate 43
International Terminal, Gate 54
- Free WiFi is available throughout the terminal for your use. Keep idle hands busy with online games or pick up a DVD at Virgin Books & Entertainment (http://www.yvr.ca/en/shopping-dining-services/shopping-DutyFree/Shopping-Domestic/Virgin-Books-Entertainment.aspx) that will keep them entertained (and quiet). Don’t worry about draining the battery, charging stations are available throughout the terminal located between the seats allowing you to power up.
- Now that you’ve checked in and have time to spare, grab a coffee and wander around the impressive selection of shops and services. If you’re heading to a U.S. sun destination, check out Victoria’s Secret’s location (after security) for sunglasses and other travel-themed accessories. From clothing and handbags for you, to plush animals, science experiments and toys for them, we’ve got it all.
Happy packing and safe travels!