It’s quite sad that I’ve meet multiple people who would love to get out and travel more but are overwhelmed with the process at the airport. If this struggle is real for you, let me help give you some quick tips so you can make it through like a champ and travel like an expert!
My last travel blog gave 3 tips on how to successfully pack for your trip. (Here’s the link in case you missed it- https://melinthefastlane.com/2016/09/12/become-a-packing-guru/). This blog will provide you with 5 tips on how to get through the airport.
- Travel Attire
This is up to you. Personally, I choose comfort on travel days. I always wear comfortable shoes; ones I can run in. (Once you’ve had to make a mad dash through an airport to catch a connecting flight because the one you came in on was super delayed taking off, you’ll never want to wear those cute heels again on a travel day!) My go to is always Lululemon.
- Come prepared
Check in for your flight online before you show up. You can check in 24 hours before your flight. Either print your boarding pass or have it emailed to you. Another great idea is to download the app of the airline you’re traveling with. You can retrieve your boarding pass there, receive updates on gate changes and if you check a bag, you can track the status of where your luggage is. If you use the tip from my last travel blog, and using your carry-on suit case, there will be no need to stand in that long line at the check in counter so you can check your bag. (You may have just earned yourself an extra 15 minutes of sleep! You’re welcome.) Once you’ve found the TSA Checkpoint area, get your boarding pass ready and your ID out. (That can be a Driver’s License or Passport.)
- Security Line
For those of you who are nervous about this part of traveling, don’t be. It’s quite a simple process and I’m going to help walk you through it. If you’re traveling with a laptop type device, put it in a plastic bin by itself. Some airports require your shoes to go on the conveyor belt itself and others allow you to put them in the bin with your jacket, purse (depending on size) and toiletries. (Now you’re glad I told you in the last travel blog to have your toiletries easily accessible on top, aren’t you?) Remember if you have change in your pockets to place that in a small circular bin. Then you can place your carry-on suitcase and other carry-on item on the conveyor belt with your other items that are in the bins. Wait your turn to be called to go through the body scanner. Once they give you the “okay”, head to the other side of the conveyor to grab your belongings. See! That isn’t so bad after all!
- Get to your Gate
If you’re unsure which gate you are departing from (because you aren’t using the airline app), the airport will have monitors for you to find out. Get to the gate a little before your boarding time. I’ve lollygagged around before and was late to board because they started boarding early! Also, if your flight is delayed, don’t stray too far from the gate. I’ve witnessed people miss their flight because the delay didn’t take as long as the airline projected, so they boarded before the original time given and people were not at the gate to board and missed their flight. No Bueno!
- Additional Traveling Essentials
While traveling, I keep some essentials in my book bag. Travel pack of tissues, throat lozengers as the air on the plane will sometimes dry my throat out, gum, headphones so I can read without distractions and of course my snacks!
By now, you should be ready to take the world by storm and travel away! If you have additional travel questions, head to the contact page and ask. As always, thanks for reading and feel free to comment on this post and offer other suggestions of topics you’d like to hear about!