Invest in a good Luggage
Your luggage not only keeps our belongings safe while you travel, but it needs to be dragged around from location to locatin with you.
Pick a luggage that is a hard case and once that easily glides on wheels.
We love Calpak luggages because they are well made, have warranty, and are highly rated.
You can read a complete Calpak Luggage review here for more info.
Pack Healthy Snacks
Almonds, apple slices, dried fruit, carrot sticks, and protein bars are great for holding you over when flying.
If you pack snacks, you’re less likely to splurge on airport food that is often unhealthy and overpriced, plus you won’t arrive at your destination starving.
Bring a Sleeping Kit
Landing at your destination well rested will help set your trip off to a great start.
Whether you’re stuck in a middle seat, leaning against the cold hard window, or winging it on the aisle, bringing a few small items with you will make your flight much more comfortable.
Invest in a comfy travel pillow or better yet, use a backpacking pillow for flying. While you’re at it, carry an eye mask and earplugs too – both are small, easy to carry, and may come in handy, especially if you are changing time zones or end up sitting next to a screaming baby.
If you forget earplugs, noise-canceling headphones work great to drown out surrounding noise as well.
Organize Your Daypack
Take time to organize your daypack, purse, or other carry-on before you leave your home.
Have a special compartment for important documents, such as your boarding pass, ID, and reservation documents so you’ll know exactly where to find them when you get to the front of the TSA line.
Make sure to have everything charged before heading to the airport. This may include your phone, laptop, camera, and any other electronics you travel with.
You never know if you’ll be able to find an open outlet or if security might take longer than usual leaving no time to charge up.
Move on Your Layovers
Layovers are a great time to stretch, walk around, and do anything but sit to counteract all those hours on the plane.
Be sure to locate your next gate and check to confirm your flight is on time before you take a stroll.
You can keep an eye on your flight status on monitors located throughout the airport as you walk around.
Pack a Reusable Water Bottle
You can’t take water through the security checkpoint, but you can take an empty reusable water bottle.
Most airports have water fill-up stations so you can fill a bottle post-security. Drinking lots of water is an important tip for flying because the added elevation and recycled air can result in dehydration.
Dress in Layers
Plane temperatures can range from unbearably stuffy and hot to practically Arctic cold.
Be prepared for both. Dress in a base layer that you’ll be comfortable hanging out in for the duration of your flight and bring an extra layer or two on top.
Download E-books, Music and Movies
WiFi on board can be expensive and slow, and not all routes offer in-flight entertainment.
If you have a favorite tv show or a movie you’ve been wanting to watch, download it before boarding so you can watch it during your flight.
Same goes for E-books and podcasts. If you have Netflix, it allows you to download movies and shows for offline viewing.