Airport and Flight Tips
It can be a difficult process to get through the airport, but with a few tips you will speed through the airport and be ready board.
- Try to Fit All of Your Items in a Carry-on
You will save a lot of time waiting in lines if you don’t have to check your luggage. You will have the added bonus of not having to worry about the airline losing your luggage. To fit everything in your carry-on fold your clothes as flat as possible. Choose clothing options that you can mix and match, even if this means wearing the same jeans or skirt more than once. You may also be able to get the clothes cleaned once you get to your destination. Put your shoes in a bag to keep your clothes from getting any dirt on them. If you do have to check some luggage, make sure that you make it stand out, so that you can easily identify it. For example, tie a bow onto the handle or put a printed duct tape over the top.
- Remember the 3-1-1 Rule
The TSA has strict rules about the liquids that you can take on a flight in your carry-on. You are allowed to bring one quart size see through bag with you. That bag must contain your all of your liquids that your will have in your carry-on and the bag must be able to close. The containers in the bag can be no bigger than 3.4 ounces. You can have as many containers in the bag as you can fit with the bag sealed. When you are going through security, they will inspect your liquids, so the easier you can make the process the faster you will get though security. Many stores sell bags and containers together that will pass through security with ease. The TSA does have some exceptions to the 3-1-1 rule. Medicines, breast milk, baby formula, and baby food may be taken onto the flight, however, these items must be declared and inspected at the security checkpoint or you risk them being confiscated. People with medical conditions may also be allowed to bring orange juice and water aboard the flight.
- Bring Your Own Snacks
This is especially helpful if you are traveling with children. Airport food is overpriced and the snack food available on flights may be very limited. The same is true with drinks although you will not be allowed to take them onto the flight with you.
- Go to the Checkpoints on the Left
Most people are going to go to the right out of habit. The lines are the left, therefor, will be shorter. Also check for checkpoints off of the beaten path. There are some checkpoints coming in from different points than the main gates and you will find that their lines are much shorter than the others.
- Ask for an Upgrade
When checking in ask if there are any upgrades available. If it is a special occasion, for example you just got married; the attendant may be able to bump you up to first or business class. Even if it isn’t a special occasion you never know, and the worst the attendant can do is say no to you and you have to stay in the seat that you have been assigned.
- Bring Comfort for the Flight
If you are going to be on a long flight, pack a neck pillow so that you can rest easier. You may also consider packing some house shoes so that you can get extra comfortable. And, if you are planning on sleeping, you may want to consider packing an eye mask.