Traveling is one of the most exciting things one can do. But even though we all look forward to exploring new places, visiting loved ones and going on adventures of a lifetime, getting to and from our destinations can be very stressful. Traveling can be uncomfortable and exhausting when things don’t go according to plan, but with the tips in this article, you’ll be sure to have a hassle-free journey.
1) Wear your overweight items
Packing light is hard to do, especially during the winter months! Always wear your heaviest items like jackets and boots when going through security to ensure your bags fall under the weight limit. Wear additional layers of clothing if your baggage is still too heavy and fill all your pockets with your heavier belongings. Don’t worry, though, once you’ve gone through security you can simply put everything back in your hand luggage!
2) Pack an empty water bottle
Don’t be one of those people at security who get disappointed when their newly purchased water bottle is confiscated! Bring your own water bottle and fill it up at a water fountain or bathroom in the airport terminal. Also, be sure to always have a water bottle with you on long haul flights as water is usually served in plastic cups that are sure to spill if you fall asleep or need to get up to go to the bathroom.
3) Pack several changes of clothes in your carry-on luggage
Short layovers often result in bags being left behind, which means you could arrive at your destination without your belongings. Airlines are usually pretty good at ensuring lost baggage is returned within a couple of days, but that could leave you without any changes of clothes during that time. Always pack a few changes of clothes in your carry-on luggage to avoid this inconvenience, and if you have a special occasion within the first few days of your trip be sure to pack anything you need for it in your carry-on luggage, too.
4) Check in at the desk directly next to business and first class
With fewer customers to serve, when the business class check in desk is empty airport staff will serve customers from the queue directly next to it, making it a good option for a faster check in.
5) Keep your in-flight essentials in a smaller bag
While your carry-on bag must be stowed in the overhead locker, you can keep smaller backpacks and bags under the seat in front of you. Keep your in-flight essentials such as books, tissues, toothbrush, iPad, charging cables and sweater with you in the smaller bag for easy access throughout the flight.
6) Make money off canceled flights
Did you know you are entitled to up to $700 compensation for canceled flights to and from Europe under European law? You could even be eligible for canceled flight compensation even if the airline has arranged a replacement flight! You can do this yourself (which might be quite a hassle) or get the help from a claim company such as AirHelp and other that do the work for you in exchange for a small commission of the compensation.
7) Bring an adaptor
While many airports have charging stations, they aren’t always conveniently located. Bring an international multi-plug adapter with you so that you can charge your devices directly at your gate using a normal plug.
8) When in doubt, choose the line on the left
People are naturally biased towards their dominant hand, which for most people is the right. For this reason, the right-hand line at airport security is often the busiest. For a smoother, faster check in or security screening, choose the line on the left.
9) Check in as soon as check in opens
Checking in online not only saves time but gives you the first pick of available seats. Checking in as soon as checkin becomes available means you’re more likely to get a window or aisle seat, instead of being stuck between two strangers on a long-haul flight.
10) Pack wet wipes and hand sanitizer
Getting in and out of your seat on long-haul flights can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. Having hand sanitizer or wet wipes handy is a great solution to wash sticky or dirty hands while flying, without having to get up.
11) Book an early morning flight if you don’t like turbulence
Turbulence often happens during thunderstorms, which usually occur in the late afternoon and early evening. To avoid turbulence, book early morning flights instead.
Airport security will only allow 3.4-ounce bottles of liquids on board, and all bottles must fit into a single 1-ounce ziplock bag. If either you or your travel buddy has too many liquids to fit into one ziplock bag, distribute them between the two of you before you go through security to avoid them being confiscated.