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Getting Ready for Super Bowl Travel

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:05 by Mandy

Millions of Americans will hit the roads and the airways to head to various destinations during the Super Bowl and hit up favorite local sports to watch the big game and cheer on the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.  Travel can be quite stressful, with airports filled to the brim and cars jamming the roads. If you are planning to travel this season, there are a few things you need to know and have ready prior to leaving.

Travel by Plane

If you are going on a plane, there are a lot of things that you need to do to get ready. First, you want to pack smart. Do not stuff suitcases to the brim. If airport security needs to check your bags the process could end up taking a very long time if you have way too many things inside. Pack only what you need and cut down on the unnecessary extras.

Next, make sure that if you have any liquids or gels, including food items like jelly and salsa, in your carry-on that you have no more than 3.4 ounces. Any more than that and you will have to pack these items into your checked bag or leave them back at your home.

Plan where you will park before you leave for the airport. If you are flying out of Buffalo International Airport for example, you have several options to choose from:

  • Valet Parking

Valet parking might be the most expensive option, but it is also the most seamless. All you have to do is drive right up to the valet, hand them your keys and you are ready to go. If you have the extra cash, this can be your best bet.  Airport Valet Parking at BUF is a great choice for this.

  • Self-Parking

Self-parking takes quite a lot of time out of your day. You will have to drive around the lot to find a spot.  Then, if you are very far you will need to take a shuttle to your terminal. Allow plenty of time if this is the option you want to choose.

  • Reserved Parking

You can get onto the airport website prior to your trip and reserve your parking spot with Airport Parking Connection. You can pay ahead of time and will be able to possibly get a very close spot, however this is a slightly more expensive option and it requires prior planning.  A great option is to reserve online with Thrifty Airport Parking at BUF.

Travel by Car

Depending on how far you are going to Indianapolis, you should make sure that you have plenty of gas for your road trip. Know your route so that you do not end up wasting a lot of time and energy driving to the wrong place. If necessary, get a GPS device, a good map or both so that you can take the best route to your travel destination.  Indianapolis International Airport may even have shuttles running to Lucas Oil Stadium where you can park at Ace Rent a Car or at Indy Park Ride & Fly and shuttle to the stadium.

Get your oil changed and a tune-up done prior to a long road trip. Check air pressure in the tires and ensure that everything is in good working order.

Hit the road at non-peak times (like rush hour) to avoid serious traffic jams. Pay close attention on the road and you will have a safe drive to your hometown or other destination.