Staying sane at the airport is all about minimizing stress and chaos by being prepared and organized.
If you are going on a trip and are planning on flying anywhere, it is a good idea to be prepared for what the airport has in store for you. As it stands right now, flying is an immense convenience and can also be a huge pain. It is a miracle of science that we are able to fly anywhere in the world in under a day, but it can also be a real hassle getting there.
Apply some of these excellent air travel tips on your next trip and avoid a headache at the airport.
Make a Checklist and Grab Your Luggage
First, make a checklist of the things you will need while traveling and pack them well before your trip. Making a checklist beforehand will help you not forget anything and help you pack faster. You can also use your packing checklist at the end of your trip to double-check you’ve repacked everything when it’s time to go home.
Second, make sure that you have your luggage, but also a purse, backpack, or carry-on that you can take with you into the airport and onto the plane. You will need easy access to things like your wallet, identification, passport, tickets, and more. This is also a great way to have a little more room for packing.
Those are the basics, now what? Let’s look at traveling by each category; helping you understand what to pack, what to wear, what to bring, and more!
Packing Your Suitcase: Clothing
The most important key to packing is to realize that you can’t take your entire closet! The saying, less is more, is very true in this case. If you pack too much, you may have to pay to check your extra baggage, or be required to remove some of your items; because your suitcase is above the weight limit. Also, don’t forget to leave extra space for any souvenirs you buy along the way!
Try to minimize your packing by choosing shoes that can be worn with multiple outfits. Pick a small arrangement of pants, shirts, jackets, and cardigans that you can wear interchangeable, creating more than one outfit with only a few items of clothes. Another excellent tip is to roll your clothes instead of folding them. You can pack more this way since rolling your clothes will make them extra small.
Remember that whatever you pack, you will be hauling around once you hit your destination. Lighter luggage equals quicker and easier travel.
Packing Your Carry-on: Easy Access Items
Your carry-on is the bag you’ll keep with you, on your person, throughout your travels. You’ll want to pack your carry-on with all your absolute essentials and things you’ll need easy access to while you’re between airports and traveling. A well-packed carry-on bag also accounts for emergency situations for if your plane is delayed or if you get stuck at an airport. Always make sure you pack at least a day’s worth of important medications in case of an emergency or a lost check bag! Bring an extra outfit as well in case you end up stuck somewhere.
It’s also a good idea to bring a jacket or sweater with you onto an airplane that you can use as a pillow or in case you get cold. Some frequent flyers recommend bringing a hoodie, as it is warm, but putting the hood over your head can also tune out light and distractions. If you are easily bothered by noise, like crying babies, then don’t forget to pack ear plugs or noise-cancelling headphones to make the flight more enjoyable.
Don’t Forget the Entertainment!
This is an important airline travel tip, both off and on the airplane. You never know when you will be stuck in an airport with a delayed flight or layover, or even worse, stuck in the plane on the runway. By packing plenty of entertainment options you won’t be caught off guard or need to spend extra, unplanned money on something to occupy yourself at the airport. Keep yourself from getting bored by packing a book and making sure you have your music, shows, and podcasts downloaded so you don’t have to spend money on purchasing airplane wifi.
If you are traveling with children then a DVD player and some new movies is a must, along with a few new toys, games, and coloring books. If you are flying solo, but want to engage other travelers, bring a deck of cards and make some new friends!
What Should I Wear on the Plane?
We already mentioned to bring a hoodie, jacket or cardigan, but what else should you wear to the airport?
Choose clothing that is comfortable and loose with a pair of comfortable and sturdy shoes. Sandals and flip flops aren’t a great shoe choice for airports because your feet could get cold on the plane, and most sandals don’t protect your feet very well. Close-toed shoes like sneakers or boots are usually a safer choice.
Packing List Examples
Creating a packing list can be difficult if you’re not already in the habit of frequent list-making. We’ve created a helpful packing list example to help you get started. This may need to be altered depending on your trip length and destination, and traveling group, but this is a good starting point. For a free printable Packing List Template just click on the image below!
- Plane tickets
- Photo ID and/or Passport
- Any small toiletries you may need
- Hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes
- Books or Kindle
- Paper and pen
- Water bottle
- Jacket or sweater
- Music and headphones
- Games, playing cards, movies, and activities for children
- Various size plastic bags
- Travel Guides/Language Translators
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “It’s the not the destination, It’s the journey.” But this is only true if you figure out ways to make the most out of the journey and enjoy the travel as much as you enjoy the destination. By following these guidelines, your trip through the airport should be easy and relaxed.