Staying Sane at the Airport; What to Pack
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 to deal with. 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.
Checklist and Luggage
First off, make a checklist of the things you will need while traveling and pack them before your trip.
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 identification, passport, tickets, and more.
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. Picking just a few pairs of pants and shirts, while adding jackets, cardigans, and scarves so you can use to add warmth or accessorize. Another excellent tip is to roll your clothes instead of folding them. You can pack much more this way.
Remember that whatever you pack, you will be hauling around once you hit your destination. Lighter luggage equals quicker and easier travel. This is a very important airline travel tip.
Packing Your Carry-on
Always make sure you pack at least a day’s worth of your important medications in case of an emergency or lost luggage! Also, bring an extra top, cardigan, or jacket. Airplanes are usually pretty cool so you can use your top as a blanket, or as a pillow if you aren’t chilled.
Some frequent flyers recommend bringing a hoodie, as it is warm, but once the hood is on your head, it is easy to tune out light and distractions as well.
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. Also, don’t forget a bottle of water to keep hydrated.
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.
It is a good idea to carry a book, Kindle, and an MP3 player. A laptop or tablet can also be a useful, since airports and airplanes will usually have wifi spots available.
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 To Wear
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 not only take up less space in your suitcase, but a real pair of shoes will protect your feet if there were ever an emergency.
Having a packing list is a great air travel tip. This may need to be altered depending on your trip length and destination, and traveling group, but this is a good starting point.
Tickets /ID/ Passport
Any small toiletries needed
Hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes
Books or Kindle
Paper and pen
Jacket or small blanket
MP3 player and headphones
Games/playing cards/movies and activities for children
Various size plastic bags
Travel Guides/ Language Translators
By following these guidelines, you should be able to ensure that your trip through the airport is one that is easier to deal with and is more relaxed overall.