If you ask most folks, you will probably find that the most stressful part of their vacation is time spent at the airport. With a little preparation and a good attitude you may find that it’s not that bad after all. The key is to know what to do, have a good attitude, and relax and go with the flow. Taking these extra precautions and knowing how to avoid unpleasant situations can really save the day for you, your family or group; leaving you ready to relax in the window seat as you soar toward your destination.
With these five travel tips you can survive your trip through the airport and start your vacation off on the right foot.
1. Get Through Security – We all know that you have to take your computers out of the bag at security checkpoints in the airport, so purchasing an approved security check point case will lead to a stress free security experience. You should also know that other electronics do not require that they be removed for security checks. Items like iPads, MP3 players, cell phones, and e-readers can be safely kept in your carry on baggage.
Wear shoes that are easy to remove and put back on and minimize the number of layers and accessories you wear through the line. If you are traveling with someone, work as a team to ensure your electronics and other items are reunited with you on the other side of the security gate.
2. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) – Water bottle that is…You may not be able to bring bottled water into the airport terminal, but you can bring an empty bottle and fill it once you have passed through security check points. You can pack your own snacks for a healthier and cheaper alternative to airport food.
3. Protect Your Identity – Purchasing coverage at a company that specializes in identity theft protection can really give travelers peace of mind. If airport scammers or other travel scam artists try to steal your identity and open fraudulent accounts, LifeLock will immediately notify you so a stop can be put to the illegal behavior and you can enjoy your vacation.
4. Know Your Numbers – Weather and mechanical problems happen and they might happen to you. Know (or have easy access to) your flight numbers and the customer service phone number for the airline. If you’re hit with a serious delay, call the customer service line immediately. While other customers are waiting for one or two gate agents, who are also handling onsite issues, you can already be working with a customer service agent.
5. What to Carry on the Plane – TSA and airlines rarely take responsibility for fragile items that become damaged in your checked luggage. Always take your electronics with you in your carry on bag, as they are most vulnerable to theft or damage during the plane’s loading process. In addition to the usual carry on suitcase and personal item such as a purse or briefcase, one extra carry on bag of photographic equipment is often allowed. As regulations vary between airlines and countries, do a bit of research before you pack to be confident in your choices.