Traveling via plane can be stressful and hectic, sometimes resulting in a ruined trip before the trip has even begun. Don’t let this be you! Instead, implement these hacks to make for more seamless airport experiences.
Put essentials in an easy-to-access place.
Nothing is more irritating for people behind you in the security line than having to wait as you scrounge for your ID, laptop, or boarding pass. Keep these essential items handy as you approach TSA so you don’t hold up the line.
Make luggage easy identifiable.
You may think your all-black matching luggage is a good idea, until you’re squinting at every luggage tag in baggage claim looking for your name. Tie a headscarf or ribbon around the handles to ensure that the luggage you’re picking up is in fact, yours.
Bring an empty water bottle and snacks.
Let’s face it: when you’re settled at your gate, but still see the dreaded wait time to board is one, two, or three hours, you’re tempted to go to one of the many restaurants and wait it out. Save money by bringing your own snacks, and fill up your own water bottle at a (free!) water fountain.
Don’t forget something warm.
Even if you’re final destination is a tropical island and the last thing you need to pack is a sweater, the plane temperature says otherwise. Flights are often chilly, so carry a blanket scarf or sweater with you to keep the discomfort at bay. This will also free up room in your carry-on.
Ask for an upgrade.
It never hurts to ask to upgrade your flight, especially if you’re flight isn’t full. Your chances are higher when flying alone or traveling for a special reason (honeymoon, birthday, etc.). Ask nicely and you may be rewarded!
Go left at security.
If you’re not one of the lucky few to have TSA pre-check and you’re crunched for time, head left at security. Most people tend to steer right, resulting in longer lines.