I love flying solely for the fact that the plane is about to take me somewhere amazing. The process isn’t always the most enjoyable but sometimes it’s COMPLETELY stressful. Check out these helpful tips below to help make the flying process more seamless.
Not all flights are created equal. If you are booking economy, certain airlines will allow one personal item, such as a backpack and one carry on complimentary. Some only offer one personal item. Make sure to check your airline’s baggage policy so you don’t get stuck with a surprise baggage fee. It’s more expensive if you have to pay at the gate.
Heads up: If you check your bag in, the airline may lose your luggage. It’s happened 3 times to me and once it took a week before it was found and returned to me. Sometimes you don’t have a choice and have to check your bag so if you do, carry your most important items with you like medicine.
2. Seats: When picking your seat keep in mind that the emergency row and back aisle do not lean back. Uncomfortable.
3. Food: Some international flights will pass out snacks like chips or cookies. Most stick to pretzels. I always get hungry on flights even if I think I won’t. Purchasing snacks on the plane can be pricey so it’s always better to bring your own.
4. Lines: It’s good to know ahead of time what TSA security lines look like. Check out the TSA Mobile App
5. Delays: This happens a lot to me. Flight Aware is a great source to check on the status of your flight. It’s never a bad thing to arrive to your gate early but sometimes you need that extra 10 minutes…
6: Security: The biggest hassle for me is liquids. Make sure they are in a clear quart size bag and that nothing exceeds 3.4 oz. Otherwise you may have to throw it away. Other things I’ve had to toss is a blender blade (don’t ask), pocket knives and aerosol cans (considered a liquid).
7. Fees: Some airlines have hidden charges. Ryanair will charge you $15 to print your boarding pass at the airport. “Cry” all you want because they don’t care and you will pay it either way. Make sure to skim through your airlines guidelines.