Traveling is all well and good, but it’s definitely something that’s not without its headaches. For example, there’s always something about flying from one place to another that creates some catastrophe of one form or another. Let’s just face facts here, people. There’s not a person alive that doesn’t find some aspect of flying annoying, irritating or worse…
But, if you go about flying from one place to another in the right manner, you’ll quickly find that you can rid yourself of the common annoyances. In doing so, you’re able to more fully enjoy your vacation, because you’re not spending valuable hours (or maybe even days) decompressing from your trip.
With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to consult with some frequent flyers. They shared many of their secrets to flying with us, some of which may just help you to get more out of your next vacation… At the very least, these tips will help to ensure you don’t leave the airport enraged the next time that you go… Let’s take a look!
1. Free TSA Precheck
Want to get TSA Precheck but don’t want to pay the sign-up fee? Simply get a travel credit card that’s willing to pay the fee for you!
2. Moisturize Before Flying
Airplanes will dry out your skin like nothing else. To keep yourself looking fresh, apply a heavy moisturizer before you head over to the airport.
3. Use Routehappy
This website can help you to compare the relative comfort of different rate options when you’re picking your flight.
4. Use SeatGuru, Too
And once you’ve picked your flight, you can hop over to SeatGuru, a service that will pick the ideal seat for your needs.
5. Kindle Magazines
Did you know Amazon Prime allows you to download magazines for free onto your Kindle? Looks like you’ve got reading material for your next flight!
6. Wear Your Go-To Outfit
Want to bring an outfit that will work for most any occasion? Don’t waste space in your baggage with it! Simply wear it to the airport!
7. Wear an Oversized Scarf
Be prepared for all kinds of weather and have a go-to blanket for your flight be wearing a oversized scarf when you head to the airport.
8. Bring Laundry Detergent
If you clean some of your clothes while away, you can save space in your lugged. For this reason, bring some laundry detergent for washing things like socks and underwear in your hotel sink.
9. Keep Your Foreign Cash
Rather than trying to spend all of your foreign cash before you leave, simply save it in a Ziploc bag. It’ll come in handy when you decide to go back!
10. Book the Window and Aisle Seats
Traveling with someone else? Book these two seats, and increase your chances of having extra room. If someone takes the middle seat, we bet they’ll be willing to switch if you must sit together.
11. Keep Photos of Documents
Losing your travel documents can create a huge fiasco. But, you can avoid many of those headaches if you simply keep photos of your documents on your phone or email them to yourself.
12. The Second Bathroom
Avoid the crowds by going into the second bathroom you see when getting off the airplane, and not the first.
13. Carryon Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Frequent flyers report that they like being able to brush their teeth on regular intervals when traveling as it makes long flights seem less disruptive.
14. Dry Shampoo
By the same token, it’s always good to have a travel-sized dry shampoo container for freshening up after a long flight.
15. Smile, Smile, Smile
Frequent flyers frequently told us that the secret to getting special treatment in the airport and on the plane often comes down to being friendly.
16. Pick Up at Departures
Want to save your friend who’s picking you up a massive headache? Have them pick you up at departures rather than arrivals…
17. No Snack Boxes
If you have to eat in flight, resist the temptation to get the snack box. That thing is only going to weigh you down!
18. Cancelled? Call Immediately!
If your flight is ever cancelled, make your next move calling the customer service line. Every second counts in this situation.
19. Sleeping Gear
You can make it much easier to sleep on an airplane if you bring things like a night mask, earplugs and a small travel pillow in your carryon.
20. What Didn’t You Use?
The secret to packing more efficiently? Every time you unpack from a trip, note what you didn’t end up wearing. You can safely leave those things at home the next time you fly!