A few months ago, I shared some tips to help you optimize space in your suitcase. With the summer holiday season well under way, many of you will be traveling. For those of you whose vacation begins at the airport, I’ve put together a new list of tips that will make your travel experience smoother. Let us know where your travels are taking you and have a wonderful vacation!
This will come as no surprise to you, but airports, and more specifically airplanes, are home to many germs! If you want to maintain good health and enjoy your vacation or business trip, make sure to wash your hands with soap and hot water frequently. It’s also a good idea to keep hand sanitizer with you. Hand towelettes are another great option. They keep your hands clean and allow you to give your tray table and seat a quick wipe down!
Hydration For Your Body and Face
Climate control in an airplane contributes to significant water loss in your body. High altitude combined with low levels of humidity in aircraft cabins often lead to dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration may include dry, chapped skin and lips, dry eyes, thirst, tiredness, headaches, dizziness, or lightheadedness. In addition to lack of sleep, dehydration is one of the main causes of jet lag. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms before, it’s likely you were dehydrated. It’s important to drink plenty of water and keep a facial mist or travel size moisturizer on hand so you can hydrate your body both inside and out!
Keep Your Normal Sleep Routine
If you are going to be flying overnight and need to get a significant amount of sleep, it’s best to conduct your usual bedtime routine on the plane. The easiest way to trick yourself into thinking it’s time to sleep is to maintain your normal bedtime routine. If you’re traveling to a different time zone you’ll disrupt your natural sleep cycle. Along with dehydration, loss of sleep is the main contributor to jet lag. Whether or not you actually manage to fall asleep, it’s important to at least close your eyes for a few hours and allow your body to rest.
Two essential items I always carry with me on long flights, are earplugs and a sleeping mask. Even though the plane will get significantly quieter when the flight attendants turn the cabin lights off, you still may hear bothersome noises that may prevent you from falling asleep. Thus, it’s always good to have earplugs with you. A sleeping mask can also be helpful by blocking out glare and light. It also allows your you to fall into your own world without being distracted.
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Leave an Extra 30 Minutes For Traffic
You’re sitting in an Uber, stuck in heavy traffic on the way to the airport, and boarding has begun. In other words, you’re late! This is a situation all of us have been through. People commonly assume they have more time than they do because they forget to account for traffic and long lines at security. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s always better to leave at least 30 minutes early so you’re not running to catch your plane due to an unexpected delay. You’ll be more relaxed and also have time to check out the duty-free shopping!
Get TSA PreCheck
While there is no guarantee that you’ll never have to wait in line at security again, TSA PreCheck enables you to go through a separate, faster-moving line at security. If you’re TSA approved, you won’t have to take off your shoes or separate your electrons and watches from the rest of your belongings. This is great way to save time so you can grab a cup of coffee or catch up on emails at the gate.
Keep Your Passports and Boarding Passes Easily Accessible
There are very few places that will require ID checks more than an airport. This is especially true in countries that have concerns about national security. Security is vital to both travelers and locals, so although it’s annoying to keep reaching for your driver’s license, remember you are doing so to keep yourself and those around you safe. To make this process as simple as possible, keep your boarding passes and ID in an easily accessible compartment of your handbag. It’s not a good idea to keep important documents in your hand or back pocket where they can be easily misplaced or stolen. It’s best to keep them tucked safely in a compartment of your bag.
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Please share any tips you have about airports and air travel!