Wyoming Department of Transportation

Travel Tips




Packing, and general travel tips...


Prohibited Items:  If you're not sure whether an item will be accepted past the security checkpoint, it's probably best to either travel without it, or pack it in your checked luggage.  When in doubt, leave it out, as I like to say.


Shoes and Security:  Random shoe checks are being conducted, so consider wearing slip-on shoes when you fly.  Better yet, try slippers.


Luggage:  When buying luggage, select pieces that are easy to carry, roomy, and durable.  Ugly suitcases are to be avoided, as are ones that look just like everyone else’s.


Traveling with children: When traveling with children, be sure to bring plenty of books, games, and snacks.  Do not rely on the pilot to amuse your child.


Carry-On Items:  Keep your keys, wallets, eyeglasses, tickets, money, passports, cameras, jewelry (especially Grandma’s), and other valuables with you in your carry-on luggage. Also carry on any medication, or vitamins that you may need during your trip.


Identification:  Make sure your name is on all your baggage - both checked and carry-on.  Also keep a card with your name inside your luggage, as tags outside can fall off.  Now that’s using your noggin.


Laptops:  Put your name on your laptop case.  Tape a business card or address label to the laptop itself, so you can easily identify it as yours.  Place your laptop on the belt ahead the rest of your items, to ensure you won’t forget it.


Liquids:  There’s nothing worse than a shampoo bottle that’s exploded all over your stuff. Put makeup, nail polish, perfume, toiletries, and anything else that might spill, break, explode, and stain your clothing in resealable plastic bags or unbreakable containers. And, as you may have guessed, hazardous materials are not allowed onboard.


Toiletries: Purchase travel size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and other toiletries, or place just the amounts you will need of these items in small containers to take with you.  Don’t forget to check any bottles over three (3) ounces.


Overpacked Luggage:  A word about overpacking, "don’t".  Nobody wants their underwear strewn all over the tarmac.

Parking Tips... 


Remember to allow time for parking at the airport.

Be kind to the Earth, carpool, have a friend drive, or have a taxi take you to the airports.

Peak periods at the airport are: Spring Break, July to early August, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. So give yourself a wee bit of extra time when traveling these seasons.

Tips for an easy time at check-in...

Nicknames are for college buddies, not for plane tickets, or check-in. When making reservations, use the exact name on your identification because that is what you will be presenting at the airport.

If you plan on checking luggage, arrive to the airport at least 1.5 hours ahead of your flight time.

Have your luggage checked through to your final destination to avoid security screenings between connecting flights.

In order to avoid serious complications, have identification luggage tags affixed to each bag.

Never leave your luggage unattended, because who knows if some weirdo might slip a bottle of conditioner into your bag.

Leave your check-in bags unlocked for random searches, ensuring they don’t have to break your locks off.


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