Traveling is an exciting experience. After all, you’re setting off to your next fun destination! But as many people already know, the airport is often packed with quite a lot of travelers and can get chaotic. Here are some tips that will make it all much more manageable.
1. Pack Light
If you can get all of your clothes into a carry-on, try! It’s better than waiting on checked baggage or having it get lost.
Also, keep your bags organized in case something has to come out at security checkpoints. FYI, laptops, phones, or other electronics have to be scanned separately.
2. Plan Ahead
You will need your ID, boarding pass, and passport to leave the country. Save time and headaches, and get these packed in an easy-to-access place.
Don’t just plan your bag, though. Also, plan your day from start to finish. Gauging how early to get to the airport is very important because security lines are unpredictable. Make a plan to show up well before time to board.
3. Check In Online
Checking in online is a great option and saves you from last-minute issues with personnel or computers at the airport. For example, if kiosks are down, representatives will get very busy quickly, and the check-in line will get long.
Checking in online also allows you to choose your seat if you have not done so yet. If you prefer a window or aisle seat, grab it up before your flight.
4. Arrivals and Departures
Airports can get confusing since there are so many gates and terminals, so make sure you know where you’re going beforehand.
Even the drive to the airport can be complicated! You should depend on someone with experience navigating the different terminals, ramps, and traffic barricades to drop you off and pick you up.
5. Charge Your Devices
Many people use electronic boarding passes via their phones. There is nothing worse than getting to the gate to scan your boarding pass on your phone only to find your phone has died. You may also want to use your phone, laptop, or tablet during layovers or while you’re waiting for your plane to board. For these reasons, make sure to charge all of your devices the night before or the morning of your trip.
6. Pack Snacks
While drinks are not allowed through security, any sealed food item is. When packing your carry-on, grab a few snacks that are easy to eat on the go, such as granola bars. In case your flight is delayed, at least you have something to munch on for a little bit.
Water or other liquids are not allowed through security, but you can pack an empty bottle and fill it up at a water fountain.