Flying is an essential part of most travel but it can be frustrating at times. Preparation can make all the difference! There are a few tricks that I always do prior to and during a flight, especially long distances when I know I'll be in an airport for a significant amount of time, that make my flights much improved. Hopefully by reading this, you'll be able to make your next flight a success!
Pack an empty water bottle
You can't bring drinks (or most liquids, for that matter) through security, but you can bring reusable - or already used, plastic - water bottles & fill them up once you go through security. Food and drinks are expensive commodities at any airport, so having your own bottle that you can refill at water fountains for free saves money and keeps you hydrated on long trips.
Dress in comfy layers
This is probably a given, but I do this no matter how or where I travel. Being comfortable is especially important if you're going to be on a plane for 8+ hours. I try to dress nice, but I also strive for comfort. Stretchy materials that are semi-stylish are key. Layers are equally as important. Wearing layers makes it possible to add & remove items depending on the temperature of the plane or airport. Planes tend to be chilly, especially if your neighbor likes the A/C! If you're bringing a carry-on bag, you can always stuff your items in and take them back out, as needed.
My typical travel attire:
Just like packing a water bottle, there are snacks that airports will allow. Basically anything that isn't in liquid form will make it through security, so you can pack fruits and veggies, dried snacks, snack crackers... basically anything. Just tuck them in your carry-on bag and you're good to go! This will save you money in the long run; you won't purchase snacks at high-cost vendors at the airport or on the plane.
Pack essentials in your carry-on luggage
Packing things that you'll need in-flight & immediately post-flight in your carry-on bag is important for your flight and for your downtime. I always pack items that will keep me entertained or comfortable. I normally bring a small blanket, ear buds for music & movies (so you don't have to use the ones that are provided; they're just not as good as your own!), snacks, water bottle, phone, camera, chargers for my electronics, a notebook & pen, a good book, my toothbrush & toothpaste, a hairbrush, & deodorant. I also pack a change of clothes & my makeup bag just in case my luggage gets lost.
Check all of the free benefits of your flight before departure
When I flew to Australia - a sixteen hour flight, one way - the airline I flew with, Qantas Airlines, provided free adult beverages throughout the flight. I didn't know that this was a free option so I opted out of the glasses of wine they were offering. I know, I still shed a tear when I think about it. Sigh. Since then, I research what comes with the flight: movies, food, drinks, etc. so that I never have to turn down free wine again.
I know, I know, no one wants to get to the airport early just to sit and watch people wandering through the queues or checking their bags. Arriving early may not be the most fun aspect of travel but it's probably the most important bit of advice that I can offer, especially if you're flying internationally. Some airports are huge, with many terminals & gates & platforms. If you've never been to your outbound airport previously, chances are you're going to have no clue where you're going. Security can also be a bust, too, if you're running late. Standing in line to get to your designated area can be scary if you're a few minutes from boarding & still waiting to be wanded. Three hours prior to take-off is recommended for international flights, and one and a half hours is recommended for domestic flights. It might be a pain to wait around for boarding but it would be even more of a pain to miss your flight.
The next time I'll be on a plane is in August. Do you have any suggestions, in addition to these, that would make traveling via plane simpler? I would love to know! Leave your tips in the comments section below!
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