Making it through the airports, tricks and tips


Traveling by plane, in my opinion, is fun but sometimes it can be a bit odd and ackward, whether you have layovers or direct flights. Having flown domestic and international flights, I learned a few things with the travel.

Here are some tricks and tips that I have learned/gleaned from flying:

  1. Carry at least a little bit of cash, some venues only accept cash or after hours, vending machines are the only thing available. Plus, luggage carts are a nice perk at the end of a journey and many only take cash.
  2. Wear something comfortable and appropriate (I have never understood traveling in lounge/pajama wear), limit jewelry as no one ones to loose a cuff link or earring while in transit
  3. Carry a phone charger and outlet plug with you, many airlines don’t have inflight outlets, charge devices in airport or at home.
  4. When in the airport, especially if you have a layover, pick up postcard and send it to someone, a little note to say hello, a thank you, or send it to yourself. A little note goes a long way
  5. Pack your carry on and personal item as light as possible, remember, you are carrying these items, sometimes a lot.
  6. Avoid or limit alcohol consumption, intoxicated people aren’t often allowed to board, especially if the person is “acting up”
  7. Carry a small book or small project to work on, especially if the flight is long. Especially important with children.
  8. Carry your own snacks and beverages (check with your airline for regulation), in-flight snacks/options are not often given or “tasty” in variety
  9. Go to the restroom before boarding, no matter one’s size or shape, airline toilets are cramped, tight and not comfy
  10. If you like to sleep on the plane, carrying/taking a “u” shapped pillow or similiar item will be a nice luxury (I use a teddy bear that I travel with, it’s a pillow, a back prop,, a camera/phone holder for photo opprotunites, etc)
  11. If you are early for your flight or have a layover, wonder around the terminal, You often find interesting statues or other “treasures” that could be fun to read about or share via photo.
  12. Keep/use a print out-paper of your flight itineraries. It’s a sure fire back up incase your phone dies, the internet isn’t working, or your 2 year old nephew got a hold of your phone and deleted or moved the QR code and confirmation email.
  13. Make sure your ID’s are current, active, and in guidelines with traveling. the “real ID” is often required or another qualified issued government ID.
  14. For the comfort of yourself and others, practice extra good hygiene. People will be in close quarters.

I hope these tips are helpful and useful as you travel.

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