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Air travel can be a stressful endeavor during the holidays. Who am I kidding? Air travel can be stressful any time of year. Today I’m sharing tips to alleviate some of the stress of traveling during the holidays and help you fly confidently.
Tips to Help you Fly Confidently during the Holidays
Booking your flight
Looking for a great deal on flights? My go-to flight checker is Google Flights. At a glance, I can see who is offering the best fares to my destination. I’m fortunate to live in the vicinity with more than one airport that I can utilize so I check prices for each to determine the best flight times, prices, and available seats.
When it comes to flying for the holidays, I make sure I always purchase your flights in advance. The holidays are not a time for procrastination- you run the risk of flights selling out and paying inflated costs. You’ll also benefit if you can be flexible on the days you travel.
After I determine the best price and flight to my destination, I book directly through the airline. I don’t fly often, you know I prefer to road trip, but if you’re a frequent flyer, you can save money and even earn points if you use a rewards card or credit card from that particular airline. Those points can add up to big savings in the future.
Packing for your flight
I tend to overpack, so packing for air travel is never a fun task for me. But I always try to get my stuff in a carry-on bag so I don’t need to wait around for my luggage once I’m at my destination. In addition to my roller bag, I pack a personal item which is typically a large slouchy purse which doubles as my laptop, camera and make-up bag all in one.
When you book your flight, double check the weight and measurements for your carry-on. While my small roller bag is well within the requirements for most airlines, I was warned on my last flight that it was too large. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to incur on a flight is an extra fee for checking a bag.
Pack all of your liquid items- make-up, saline solution for contacts, shampoo, conditioner and hair spray in a clear 1-quart bag. This will make passing through security easier. Also, it’s important to know what size products you’re permitted to take on your flight in a carry-on bag.
Recycle travel size containers and refill them to make sure you’re within the size requirements. To save space, I leave my full-size cosmetics at home. I even pack my foundation in a spare contact lens case.
The airport security will now require you to run any food items through the x-ray machines. To make snacks easy to grab, you may want to keep loose granola bars, gum or other snacks in a plastic bag that can easily be pulled from your suitcase and placed in the tub.
Plan to arrive at the airport 1 ½ hours before your flight. During peak flying seasons, you may want to increase that to two hours. I’d rather have too much time on my hands than spend five minutes running through the airport in hopes that I make it to my gate before my flight boards.
And while you are permitted to take snacks through the security line, drinks are a no-no. You can always purchase a drink on the way to your gate, but I probably don’t need to tell you that airport prices are inflated. As an alternative, I pack a collapsible water bottle that easily fits inside my purse. It saves me money and in the long run it does a tiny bit to protect the environment.
To save myself time, I keep my jewelry in my purse until I’m through security. Once I’m seated at the gate, I’ll put on my necklace, bracelets and/or earrings. Slip on shoes are also a must on flight days and during warm weather, I always make sure I’m wearing socks with my shoes. Standing on the floor barefoot kind of grosses me out a bit.
When booking a flight, I always try to find a seat in the exit row, or one row in front of or behind. Keep in mind that if you sit in the exit row, you do need to be able to physically assist in the event that there is an emergency.
I also prefer window seats over aisle seats and I’d rather drive somewhere than sit in the middle. No kidding. But for those of us that suffer from bladder leakage, climbing over our fellow passengers to make it to the bathroom quickly can be stressful as well. Not to mention that on some flights, it’s nearly impossible to get into the bathroom at all. I’ve learned to fly with the help of Depend® products.
Fly with confidence
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What tips do you have to fly confidently?