Pro travel tips. Part 1.
Two words… Pack. Light.
Everything starts with how you pack! Packing light frees you up to be flexible and mobile. Personally, I prefer to stick to carry-ons whenever possible. (For longer trips, I use space-saver bags that you can roll the air out of to reduce wasted space.) With less luggage, it’s a lot easier to change flights when needed and you don’t have to worry about lost bags.
(Side note: I once went on a 15-day cruise around South America and checked my carry-on – my only luggage – at the gate. It was lost for 11 days of the cruise. I had to go shopping at every port. Lesson learned.)
On to what you came for… Travel tips:
- Make sure you have a current luggage tag… just in case… and luggage should be easily identifiable (custom case/cover anyone?)
- Checking in online could be very useful for domestic travel if you want to skip check-in at the airport counter; international travel typically still requires in-person verification by the airline at some point prior to boarding the plane
- Only bring empty water bottles through security; there are usually plenty of places to fill up on the other side
- Pack liquids (100 ml or less) and electronic devices on top; in case extra screening is triggered
- Dress for travel; try layers, planes can get pretty chilly as they reach cruising altitude
- Limit metal items as part of your clothing and in your pockets to breeze through security
- Make sure all your devices are fully charged and keep your chargers easily accessible; most planes now have usb and/or regular outlets
- Traveling with power splitters are great in route, as well as when you reach your final destination
- Bring a book or magazine, or have some way to survive long periods with limited (or no) connectivity
- Don’t forget your noise-cancelling headphones! Useful in the terminal as well as on the plane
- Yes, you can bring alcohol through security! Even double-shots are less than 100ml. #sipresponsibly
- Relax! Don’t overwhelm gate agents or flight attendants with demands or complaints. #benice
- Choose one or two airlines as your primary carriers. Attaining and maintaining status with them will give you priority status and access over travelers… Lounges, upgrades, etc. #openbar
- If you travel often, get TSA Precheck and/or Global Entry #thankmelater
Check back next week for Part 2 covering booking your travel plans and some of the benefits of group travel!
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11 days later, my luggage awaits…