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Dec 09 2019 Packing for Holiday Travel BY sgf-adminTAGS



Traveling for the holidays can be hectic, and the last thing you need to worry about is messy or incomplete packing. When getting your things ready to go through the Springfield-Branson National Airport, follow these simple tips to avoid unnecessary stress.



Plan Ahead

Some things are absolute necessities when traveling- a working cell phone, for instance. Be sure to bring an extra charger for your phone and any other necessary electronics. If you wear contacts, bring a back-up pair, as well as your glasses. And of course, if you take prescription medications, you’ll want to pack those mindfully. We suggest keeping them nearby in your carry-on or personal item. You can find TSA guidelines for packing medications here.

Pack Smart

Consider using packing cubes to condense and organize items. Large plastic freezer bags work, too. You can also unroll belts and run them around the inside border of your suitcase to save space and optimize space by stuffing socks or soft items into shoes- but you should be honest about how many pairs of shoes you’ll need. They can add significant weight. Be sure to pack for your destination’s climate, and theme clothes around 1-2 colors for more versatility and less volume. Finally, put liquids in a large plastic bag, packed last, for easy access during security screening.

On the Plane

If you can, wear multiple layers while traveling to free up space in bags. Most airlines allow one personal item (computer bag, purse, etc.) in addition to a carry-on. Multiple pockets and separate compartments in your personal item are invaluable. A neck pillow can also be a great investment, especially for long flights. It also helps to keep your travel documents in one easy-access location for reference— itinerary, hotel confirmations, car rental information, etc. 


Safe travels, whether you’re flying non-stop or connecting to one of the 12 cities served by airlines flying from the Springfield-Branson National Airport. 


Nov 25 2019 Tips for Traveling with a Large Group BY sgf-adminTAGS


Traveling with family and other sizeable groups can be daunting, but luckily, there are ways to reduce or even completely avoid stress!



Look Into Group Travel Options

If you’re traveling with 10 or more, explore group travel programs with your airline. Many offer group rates which may include special discounts, a group coordinator at the airport, priority check-in, and more. Available options and regulations will vary by airline. 

Book Early

Getting everyone on the same flight takes planning. Book early to increase your chances. Flexibility in seating options will also help. If you’re staying in a hotel, booking your rooms early is also advisable, as it will improve your odds of rooming close together and it could save you money.

Have A Plan

Create a document that puts all key information in one place for everyone: date of travel, designated meeting place and time, airline name(s) and flight number(s), departure and arrival time(s), rental car or transportation at destination, and cell phone numbers for everyone in your group.

Double check the information two days prior to travel. Use group texts or instant messages to communicate efficiently. Travel apps like Prava and Travefy can also be helpful. No matter the option, organization is key. 

Provide copies of your travel plan for everyone’s carryon in case anyone loses cell reception or drains their battery.

Pack Like A Pro

Well-packed luggage and carry-ons prevent all kinds of headaches! Research destination weather and pack accordingly so you’re not caught off-guard. Try rolling clothes tightly to maximize space and minimize wrinkles and leave room for souvenirs if you’re likely to bring some home. If traveling with kids, bring snacks and portable games that aren’t noisy, like playing cards, puzzle books, or computer games (if appropriate). A small container of wet wipes is also a good idea. 

And of course, make sure your baggage is TSA compliant (https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all).


Plan ahead, communicate clearly and remember to relax and enjoy the flight! 


Nov 12 2019 Chicago Travel Guide BY sgf-adminTAGS General


Our airport offers direct flights to some of the most exciting destinations in the nation, including the Windy City, Chicago, made up of nearly 234 square miles of things to do and see! If you’re planning a trip to Chicago, consider the following tips and tricks to get the most out of your visit.

O’Hare Airport, commonly known as the Chicago Airport, is the 6th largest airfield in the United States. As such, it can be daunting to navigate. Take a look at the airport map before your flight to prepare.

When choosing your lodgings, tried and true Yelp reviews are a good starting place. Airbnb features a wider variety of eclectic hotel/room options; or check out Global Grasshopper for some cool and unusual hotel options.

For the foodie visiting Chicago, there is so much more to explore than the standard Chicago-style pizza and hot dogs! Visit these links for Cheap Eats, a First-Timer’s GuideKid-Friendly Restaurants, and Classic Chicago Restaurants.

Chicago’s popular tourist attractions include the Chicago Theater, Millennium Park, and the Willis Tower Sky Deck, but if you’re looking for something a little more unique, consider the following options:

  • Spice up the night at the Green Mill cocktail lounge. Founded in 1907, this bar has ties to the old Chicago mob scene. Listen to some classic jazz and swing music, or maybe a Sunday night poetry slam.
  • Watch today’s blockbusters in a gorgeous theater that originally opened in 1929, at the historic Music Box Theater!
  • Are you more active and adventurous? Want a fun way to explore the city? Check out 3Quest’s Chicago Challenge Game. This digital-scavenger hunt will have you all over Chicago exploring new places, solving clues, and participating in challenges. It’s like a puzzle, trivia game, and urban hike all rolled into one.

Enjoy visiting the Windy City!