I used to fly 42 weeks a year. I saw it all and then some. Pooping dogs or cats; hibachis grill in the overhead, a live chicken in a crate to list a few. I hate to say it but summertime travel often brings out the worst in people. My advice beside the following 10 tips is to be prepared for a delay, a change in plane, and a change in gate by keeping all numbers handy of airlines, friends and family in your charged phone.
- If you fly often buying the ‘TSA Pre-approved Check In’ is worth it. If you fly international often the ‘Global Entry Card’ is worth it. What these do is speed your processing through security or through customs.
- Rent the movie, ’Up in the Air’ with George Clooney. George is always in my opinion delicious and the movie has some great travel tips.
- Travel with just a carryon bag. Unless you will be gone for more than 6 weeks, you really don’t need a big bag.
- If you are a frequent flyer member you may be able to check one bag for free. This is terrific if you are bringing gifts of the liquid nature.
- Seats are cramped, don’t recline much, and food is expensive. Know It. Accept It. Move On. Don’t engage with drunk, grumpy passengers. With legalized pot in many states not just the 20 years olds are traveling stoned munching on their “snacks” Just saying….
- Always wear your heaviest or bulkiest clothes and shoes on the plane. Your sweater can be a pillow or a mask if you have a stinky seatmate.
- Pack some snacks for yourself for the plane. An empty water bottle you can fill once you are through security is a good idea.
- Bring all your chargers and if your seat pocket has a charging outlet, plug in your phone or tablet or laptop or Kindle on your flight.
- If you travel a lot, be sure you are registered with someone’s frequent flyer program. I have an Alaskan Airlines Credit Card that gives one dollar for every mile and then bonus miles for various things. The miles add up quickly when I pay my health insurance and various high-ticket monthly items with it!
- Wear earplugs. Summer time is hectic and between grumpy people, crying babies, or arguing people, it is amazing how much muted noise can have a calming effect.
Do you have any tips to add?