How To Conquer The Airport Like A Pro
When it comes to conquering the airport, there are two main parts you must take into account. First there is a planning process that will help you tremendously to remind you of all the things that are needed before even arriving at the airport (because it’s that serious) and second, we have mustered up a list of things you should do once you’re inside waiting to board your plane. We hope to shed light on your trips to the airport so that you can focus on the most important things like being excited for where you’re about to go!!
Before the Airport
- Most Importantly: Weigh your bags at home prior to going to the airport with a Digital Hanging Luggage Scale to be sure they are within the proper limits.
- First and foremost ARRIVE EARLY (2 hours for domestic and 3 hours for international) and have all of your paper work ready.
- Wear comfortable clothes, especially on a long international flight.
- If your traveling domestically then think about enrolling in Clear.
- It speeds you through the long line for ID check and gets you straight to the screening line
- Even faster than TSA pre-check
- Sign up for TSA Pre-check or Global Entry.
- If you drive to the airport be sure to take pictures of where your car is located (or use an app).
- Make your luggage stand out with one of these Fluorescence Luggage Identifiers
- Or you can use anything around the house that makes spotting your luggage at baggage claim easier
- Please please please prepare for the security line
- Limit the stuff in your pockets when going through security: This includes phone, keys, wallet, purse, belts, watches, jewelry of any sort
- Stow it away in your carry on luggage before getting into the security line so once you pass through you can collect your belongings quickly without having to take tons of stuff out of the bins
- The only thing you should have out is your boarding pass and ID
- PS – since most people are right handed many avoid the left checkpoints. Go for those for a potentially quicker security checkpoint
- Consider wearing slip-ons with socks to make getting through security that much easier. We like TOMS Men’s or TOMS Women’s canvas shoes, they’re comfortable and do the job.
- Pack your bag so it can easily be unpacked
- You’ll have to take your computers and sometimes your liquids out for inspection when going through security so pack them at the top of your bag so you simply unzip, take out and zip back up…easy
- Consider getting a SwissGear Scansmart TSA Friendly Laptop Backpack to make getting your electronics through security easier
- And other electronics that your not going to need on the flight (Cameras, gaming devices, etc) go ahead and put in your checked bag to make security less of a hassle
- If you have special diet restrictions, let the airline know before the flight and they more than likely are able to tend to your needs
- Always book your rental car online to ensure there is one available for you when you land instead of standing in line for the possibility of not getting one.
Once Your Inside:
- Download your playlist offline and Netflix shows (if not already done so)
- If you can, volunteer for the second emergency exit row. It has extra room BUT only the second has reclining seats.
- Many of the “locked” WIFI’s in the airport (lounges, restaurants) have their passwords online in comment sections of like yelp and foursquare
- When boarding the plane, if you don’t need to store stuff in the overhead compartment then wait for the rush to die down and board last, then its less tie until takeoff
- And on the opposite, if you have lots of carry on luggage board ASAP, you don’t want to be far from your luggage just in case you need it during your flight.
- Plus you don’t want the unfortunate situation of someone snagging your carry-on without you noticing
- If you throw away your boarding passes after a flight be sure to destroy them first
- The barcodes actually contain important information about you.
- But do take a picture of your boarding pass just in case.
None of this is meant to scare you in any way, just to keep you well informed! If you have any other travel trips let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Good Luck & Safe Travels!!!
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