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Pack For Your Holiday Travels With Ease

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us! Whether you’re flying across the country or just driving a few hours to your in-laws’ house, traveling during the holidays can extremely stress-inducing. This holiday season, leave the stress behind you at home, and enjoy your trip with our holiday packing tips.

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Cape Air’s Cessna 402 in Martha’s Vineyard by Tim Johnson
  1. Do you need to bring presents for those you’re visiting? Why bother with the extra baggage? Either send them to your destination ahead of time, or keep it simple. A gift card or cash is always a great gift, and takes up little to none of your precious luggage space.
  2. Don’t check a bag. Forget about lugging around a giant bag, waiting at baggage claim, or worst case scenario- dealing with lost luggage. Pack light, and bring only one, small carry on. Using a rolling bag is easiest so you don’t kill your shoulder carrying it around the airport. If you do decide to check your bag, be sure to look up your airline’s baggage policy ahead of time so you’re aware of guidelines and any fees. Also, avoid checking any essential items.
  3. Make a list. We get it- packing only a small carry on is a frightening thought. But think about how many times you stuff a giant suitcase to the brim and then only wear 1/3 of what you brought? Before you start throwing clothes in your suitcase all willy-nilly, stop and write down what you need. Start with your toiletries and electronics, then organize your clothes by outfit- pajamas, dinner outfit, day 1 outfit. Not only will this help you avoid over-packing, but you’ll be less likely to forget items.
  4. Mix and match outfits. After you make your list of outfits, look back and see if there are any pieces you can mix and match for different looks without having to pack a lot of items. Have a super-chunky sweater you’re going to wear while away? Save space in your bag, and wear it on the plane as well.
  5. Do your laundry while away. Are you staying at your family’s house? They likely won’t mind if you have to throw a few items in the wash.
  6. Don’t forget to properly pack your liquids. If you’re flying, don’t forget about TSA’s liquid and gel guidelines. All liquids must be 3.4 oz or smaller, packed in a single, clear, quart-size, zip-top bag. If you’re driving, pack your shampoo, face wash, lotions, etc. in a plastic bag just in case they explode or you accidentally don’t close the bottles tightly!
  7. Use your personal item wisely. Don’t waste your personal item on a tiny purse. Instead, bring a larger purse or tote so you can pack additional items and save space in your luggage. Do you have kids? Bringing a larger tote leaves more space for books, snacks, and toys to keep them entertained.
  8. Pre-pack your snacks! Save money at the airport or on the road by packing your snacks instead of buying them on your trip. Not only will you save precious dollars, but you’ll be able to make healthier choices. During the holidays, those are two things that are hard to do! Flying? Freeze your smoothies, and keep in mind that certain foods like peanut butter and pudding are considered gels, so keep in mind the TSA guidelines. Easy-to-pack snacks include baggies of trail mix, pieces of fruit, 100-calorie packs of nuts, baggies of carrots and celery sticks with individually packaged hummus.
  9. Use packing aids. Having a really hard time not over-packing your clothes? Use the vacuum-sealed bags to shrink your clothes and be able to lay them flat. There are also other great packing aids such as zipper envelopes and compartments to keep your bag organized so you can fit more items.
  10. Don’t stress! Remember why you’re traveling. Yes, regardless of how much you prepare, things always happen while traveling- airports may be jam-packed and traffic might be at a standstill. However, keep things in perspective, and remember why you’re traveling, to be with loved ones during a joyful time of year! So if you forget to pack something, no sweat. Most things you can run out to the store and pick up once you’re there!

If you’re traveling across New England and the Northeast, in the Midwest, across Eastern Montana, or down in the Caribbean, check out Cape Air’s flight schedule. Serving 35 cities and offering over 400 flights each day, flying with Cape Air makes your holiday travel easy and convenient. To book your flight, check your flight status, and view Cape Air’s flight schedules, visit www.capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR.

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Get Swept Up With Cape Air

In recent months we have revamped our blog and gained a few new followers, and it has been quite some time since we have simply informed you about our services. Yes, in addition to sponsoring events and giving you the inside scoop about the amazing destinations we serve, we do in fact provide air transportation to such destinations. Plus, a lot has changed since our first flight in 1989, so here is a quick refresher…

Cape Air began in 1989 with one flight between Boston and Provincetown. Since then, we have grown immensely, now serving the Northeast, Caribbean, Montana, and the Midwest.

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We now operate a fleet of 88 Cessna 402s, and we are getting ready to introduce the brand new Tecnam P2012 Traveller to our fleet next winter.

During high season, we can fly up to 525 flights per day, and last year we carried over 626,000 passengers, making us one of the largest regional airlines in the country!

Things to know about traveling with us:

  • You can bring your furry friends! Cape Air allows passengers to bring their four legged family members on board so the whole family can vacation together. (Read more about our pet and service animals policy.)
  • Connections are simple. Cape Air has agreements with most major airlines so our passengers can enjoy the convenience of a single itinerary and baggage check-through’s when making their connections.
  • Every seat is a window seat. On Cape Air, every seat is a window seat, so whether you are traveling over colorful foliage or clear oceans, you are guaranteed a beautiful view. Also, depending on space constraints, passengers are even given the opportunity to fly in the co-pilot seat- the best view in the house!
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(photo by Tim Johnson)

Whether you are traveling to a weekend in Nantucket, island hopping in the Caribbean, or need to get to Billings, Cape Air can get you there. To book your flight, check flight updates, or view flight schedules, visit www.capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR. And enjoy the ride!

 

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Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois Welcomes You

 Unveiling a new facility, and a new name!

Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois, formerly Williamson County Regional Airport, celebrated its grand opening on November 11, 2016 in Marion, Illinois. It was only fitting that the airport opened its doors to the public during its dedication ceremony on Veteran’s Day. The newly coined Capt. Robert W. Duncan Terminal is named after Capt. Duncan who served in the U.S. Navy during War II and the Korean War. Capt. Duncan also served as chairman of the Williamson County Airport Authority from 1980-2001. The name change was a well kept surprise to the general public, which is a symbol of thanks and gratitude to our American heroes past and present.

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The expansion was a labor of love for Airport Director, Doug Kimmel, who spent a decade pursuing the project. After years of making the same repairs and realizing the functionality of the current space simply would not do, Kimmel stayed the course and dedicated himself to the project. With the support of the Williamson County Airport Authority, the FAA and the community the new terminal broke ground on October 31, 2014. While the road to completion was often times uncertain and trying, the final product was well worth the decade long wait.

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Come Fly With Us!

Cape Air, the commercial air carrier serving Veteran’s Airport, offers six daily year-round flights to and from Lambert- St. Louis International Airport. With fares from $49 each way, flying in and out of Veterans Airport is affordable and convenient. Parking at the airport is also free, making it that much more economical for business and leisure travelers from the surrounding areas to utilize the service.

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Veteran’s Airport of Southern Illinois is a state-of-the-art facility which was built for both the present and future aviation needs of the surrounding communities for which it serves. The new terminal is testament to the hard work and dedication put forth by those intimately involved with the project. If your future travel plans bring you to Southern Illinois, take the opportunity to fly Cape Air and enjoy the new facility and the ride.

See everywhere Cape Air flies in the Midwest!