The parking lot is right at the terminal. You can drive up to the baggage drop-off, unload your stuff, then drive into the parking lot. You pay upfront for parking, which is $8/day. Luggage tip is usually $1/piece of luggage. Just a side note: On the outside of one of my bags is a stretch net type compartment for storing stuff you want to get at easily without opening zippers in which I had some sandals and books. Those things did not make it to my cabin.