Whether you’re a travel junkie or an airport novice, there are always some travel tips you might not be aware of that you can keep in mind for your next adventure. Domestic or international, one hour or 11 – we’ve rounded up some of our best air travel tips below to help you out on your next flight!
Download Your Airline’s App
We’ve got an app for basically everything on our phones, so why not use your airline’s? You can use it to check in for your flight (and avoid standing in line at the check-in counter at the airport), select your seats if you haven’t already, and keep track of any delays or changes to your flight.
Avoid Security Lines With Kids
They tend to take longer getting through TSA, so if you can, go for the line at security with fewer kids.
Check the Size of Your Bag
Even if you’re not checking a bag, make sure you check your airline’s regulations on carry on size requirements before you get to the airport. Having a bag too large (even by an inch) could require you to check your bag last-minute (usually with a hefty fee).
Even if it’s 100 degrees outside, airplanes are usually freezing, and you never know if your neighbor will have their air vent blasting down on the whole row. Throw on a hoodie or a big scarf to wrap up in just in case.
Bring Disinfectant Wipes
Airplanes are some of the germiest places around, and you never know who was sitting in your seat before you. Avoid the stress (and potential to catch something), and wipe down your armrests and tray in front of you with a disinfectant wipe.
Download a Movie Beforehand
If you’re bringing your iPad or laptop, download a movie or your favorite TV show before your flight. You never know what the entertainment systems on a plane will be like (if they even have one), and airline wifi can be spotty.
Bring Your Own Snacks
It goes without saying that airlines don’t always have the most nourishing snacks. Plus, you can save yourself from buying a $4 bag of chips by packing your own snacks at home and bringing them with you.
Have a Pen Ready for International Flights
If you’re flying internationally, you’ll typically have to fill out immigration or customs forms while you’re on the plane. Avoid having to wait for a flight attendant to bring around a shared pen, and throw one in your carry on!
Now that you’re prepared with these air travel tips, you’re cleared for take off!