I’ve been traveling by plane since I was a baby. I love everything about it! From packing, being at the airport/in the plane, and of course the vacation itself. The first time I traveled as a MOM my daughter was just a newborn. Since then we’ve been fortunate enough to continue traveling and thanks to such opportunity I’ve learned a few tips along the way...Here is How to Fly like a Pro!
BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE
Avoid paying for a water bottle at the airport. They tend to be over-priced...on purpose. Bringing an empty water bottle to get pass security checkpoints and filled up afterwards is an easy way to save money. The airlines also provide complimentary water bottles while in route as well as tea, coffee, juice, and sodas.
PACK YOUR OWN SNACKS
Just like bottled water, snacks are more expensive in the airport than in stores. There’s a variety of snacks that make it pass the security check points. Foods like wrapped sandwiches, crackers, chips, granola bars, and nuts are some of the many items allowed. Most airlines also provide complimentary pre-packaged snacks on the plane.
CARRY A PORTABLE BATTERY CHARGER
Since the airport charging stations are usually overcrowded its best to bring your own portable battery charger. It’s rare to find a vacant outlet and when you do there are only a few available seats to sit by your device. Portable battery chargers are great to have in your bag throughout your trip as well so you never have to worry about saving your battery and use your phone freely.
MAKE YOUR LUGGAGE STAND OUT
It makes it much easier to identify your luggage by doing any of the following: add a distinct luggage tag, ribbon, strap or belt which come in different sizes. The straps and belts also serve as luggage protectors.
While this depends on many factors including cost and destination I’ve found that catching a much later flight is the best way to avoid a packed and rushed airport. It’s been the easiest way to travel with kids since it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll sleep on plane.
BRING A LIGHT SCARF OR SWEATER
You may think this doesn’t apply to destinations with warmer temperature however; it’s usually cold both in the airport and airplane. While you may adjust the settings at your seat and purchase a blanket it’s much more convenient to bring a light scarf or sweater.
Traveling whether for business or pleasure should be considered as an opportunity to explore a part of the world away from your home. It should be stress-free and enjoyable!