Air Travel Tips and Must-Haves
So I️ travel typically 1-2 times a month. I️’m literally always in the airport. I️ thought it was about time to share some travel tips and tricks that make flying easy and efficient.
My Must-Have Travel Items
Get a Big travel bag
I have one that’s waterproof, large and has thick straps. Some people like backpacks. It’s up to you.
Extra-Long Phone Charger
A long phone charger comes in handy during travel because you never know where the plug will be in your hotel room or at the airport. I suggest at least a 6-foot one.
Airports and hotels are gross so I always make sure I have hand sanitizer spray in my bag. This one is all natural and I really like the smell.
Most airports have purified water fountains. Having a water bottle will keep you from spending $4-6 on a bottle at the airport. This is my favorite glass one.
Eye mask and Ear plugs
Both come in handy on the plane as well as in the hotel or even car trips. This one is a 2-pack with ear plugs since I lose mine every other trip 🙂
A good travel pillow can make almost any plane nap 100% more comfortable. This is old faithful for me. Its memory foam and really thick, and the cover is removable and washable. I wash it after every other trip and let it air-dry.
I try to eat as healthy as possible at the airport. Depending on the time of day and where I am, I may grab a bite in the airport. But if I don’t I always have RX Bars on hand. I literally carry at least 2 or three at a time.
I almost always slip out of my sneakers or boots and slip these on. They are hard bottom and comfy. And washable.
General Travel Tips
Sign up for reward programs and maximize your points
I have accounts with all the major airlines and hotel groups. They add up, albeit slowly at times. But the perks come in handy. I get room upgrades, free cocktails, free flights and rooms, and discounted prices. I would join at least the programs for the airlines and hotels you frequent the most.
Check your itinerary and reservations 2-3 days before
Things change and just knowing whats going on ahead of time gives you time to make alternative plans if something happens that’s out of your control.
Plan what you are going to pack and make sure you’re ready to go the night before. My rule of thumb is to pack pieces I can wear multiple ways, so I don’t have to pack too much. Don’t forget your toothbrush or toothpaste (I always do)!
Get TSA Pre-check
It’s like $80 for 5 years, and totally worth it. I have not spent more than 30 minutes in the TSA line since I got it.
Wear the right outfit
In order to get through the airport quickly, I try to dress as efficiently as possible. Leggings, sneakers or boots and socks, a t-shirt and a sweater or wrap. No bra (or wear a sports bra) and no jewelry. That way, I don’t have to deal with any issues at TSA.
Don’t Forget your ID
I know this is basic, but it happens to the best of us. Check and double check before you leave your house.
I typically fly out of the Atlanta airport, which is one of the busiest in the country. I try to arrive 1-2 hours before your BOARDING time, (at least 1 hour for domestic and 2 hours for international, since I have pre-check, if you don’t please schedule 2 hours domestic and 3 hours for international to be safe).
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