A little forethought can keep your travel gears oiled

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- If you’re putting your travel plans in gear make sure to watch where you’re going. Some destination spots across the country are getting an uglier dose of winter weather than we saw here in the metro.

Air travelers will want to keep track of their flight status.

And to get through the airport screening process, remember that wrapped gifts are allowed but not encouraged. The TSA might have to unwrap them if there's something inside that package that needs a closer look.

Remember that those snow globes have to comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule, if you want to take them in your carry-on bag. You can find details on that rule here.

Toys are always a great gift idea but when it comes to water guns, toy guns, toy swords - you’re on dangerous ground. They resemble the real deal in an x-ray so pack them in your checked luggage.

For kids, 12 and under, and the elderly – there’s an easier process. They can keep their shoes on.

As for pets, contact your airline for their specific requirements, fees and restrictions.

Also, if you haven't applied for TSA pre-check, you might want to consider doing that. It's an expedited screening process that gets most travelers through in less than 5 minutes and you can get the details here.