For experienced travelers, navigating airports are a breeze, but if you only travel once or twice a year, flying can feel like a hassle. The good news?
It doesn’t have to be. Navigating airports and everything that comes with them can actually be pretty easy, once you learn a few tips from the pros.
So, if you feel anxiety at even the thought of going to the airport, this is the post for you. In it, we’re going to cover everything the pros know. After this post, you’re going to be able head off on your next vacation with ease.
Pack Like a Pro
Yup, you have to start with packing. When it comes to air travel, the pros know that the less luggage you have, the better. One of the big hold ups people run into in airports is checked and lost luggage. If you can, try bringing just a carry-on for your next trip.
Also, remember as you pack, to keep your toiletries separate. Remember, TSA has strict rules on things like liquids. So, if you’re going to be carrying your luggage, get a quart sized clear plastic bag, and put all your toiletries (in 3 ounce containers) in that to make sure you comply.
Check In Online
Virtually every airline now lets you check in before you arrive, usually within 24 hours before your flight. Doing this can be a massive time saver once you get to the airport. Instead of standing in line to get your ticket from the counter, you can be enjoying a pre-flight cocktail (or coffee) in the lounge.
Security Know How
The one spot where a lot of people get held up is with the security line. If you don’t have TSA Pre-Check or have paid for expedited check-in through security, you’ll likely have to wait in a long line. However, it’s always good to do your part to speed this up.
First, be sure to keep anything that is going to need to be seen by security (laptops, phones, toiletries, etc.) in an easily accessible outer pocket. Second, avoid anything that is going to take a long time to take off like belts or boots. If you can keep your footwear really simple, you’ll get through quickly.
Map the Terminal
Depending on the airport, terminals can be chock full of amazing dining options or like a deserted wasteland. It never hurts to check a terminal map online before you go to get the lay of the land. That way, you won’t be stuck wandering around trying to find a place to grab a bite to eat or a shop to get a few magazines before you go.
Having the laydown of the terminal can also come in handy when it comes to the one thing everyone is fighting for, plugs. If you can grab a quiet spot by a plug to make sure your devices are charged, you’re golden. So keep your eyes peeled for available spots, because they disappear quickly!
Enjoy Your Trip!
Now that you’ve got all the top tips pros use to make airport travel really easy, you’re good to go. What are some of your favorite travel tips? Let us know comments!