Traveling can be a hassle for many people, especially when traveling by air. It most often ends up being a day of waiting around. When traveling by air you are required to check in at the airport long before the flight leaves in order to make it through all the long line ups and security checks. The process is even longer when traveling internationally. Travel equipped with these few tips to help make your experience as painless as possible:
Find something to fill your time while waiting for your flight and while on the flight. Not all airplanes offer movies to help pass the time so bring a book or magazine to keep your mind occupied. If reading isn’t your thing try sleeping. If you are able to sleep while traveling this will definitely help the time go by faster.
Bring a small carry-on bag with only the things you need. Be sure to check before hand what is allowed in your carry-on and what is not. This will ensure a smooth process through security. If you don’t check with requirements in advance you will end up being delayed and may end up leaving a few things behind that you won’t get back. Be aware of the size of carry-on you are allowed to bring with you. Know what’s in your bags and keep it organized so that you don’t slow down the security check process for yourself and other travelers.
Arrive early. Don’t think you can get to the airport just in time and breeze through all the line ups. Simply getting stuck in a slow-moving security line up can result in you missing your flight. Remember, several flights depart within an hour and everyone has to make their way through the same line ups as you. Be sure to arrive at the airport with plenty of time to check in and get through security. You may be left waiting around to board but it’s better to be early than miss your flight.
If the airport you are flying out of is not close to home consider getting there a day early and spending the night in a hotel. Many unexpected things can happen during your commute such as backed up traffic or car problems. Spending the night before in a hotel will eliminate any stress of arriving late or missing your flight.
Bring your own food and snacks. Most airlines don’t offer meals during flight but do allow you to bring your own food.
Travel with a suitcase that stands out from others. Checking a black suitcase will make it hard to find amongst the others when claiming your bags. If your suitcase is a standard color add something to it to be able to better distinguish it from the other travelers.
If traveling with children be sure to pack snacks and items that will keep them entertained during the flight. It’s easy for anyone to get bored on a flight, but more so for children. Bring books, coloring books, and quiet toys to keep them busy and help the time pass.