- Drink a lot of water, especially if you're flying early (I suggest packing an empty water bottle in your carry on so you can fill it up on the other side of security). Air travel is extremely dehydrating and it's important to double up what you're drinking.
- Dress in layers! Plane temperature fluctuates (the pilots are in charge of the heat) and airlines don't sell blankets anymore. Beanies and thick socks are always helpful for plane travel. If you are always cold when flying, it's typically the warmest in the back of the plane.
- If you're worried about turbulence, the seats right over the wing are usually the smoothest ride.
- Check in to your flight ahead of time.
- Bring some disinfectant wipes. Those tray tables RARELY get cleaned.
- Remember: always wheels out when putting your bag in the overhead bin!
- Pack clothes that don't require maintenance.
- Color coordinate your outfits ahead of time.
- Lay out all that you think you are going to bring and then put half of it back. You never need as much as you think. Toting too much is stressful.
- The seat pockets are not very clean. I wouldn't put anything in there.
- Keep your phone with you. People leave their phones or lose them in the seat all the time.
- Bring your own snacks. It can be difficult to find your own specific favorites. Especially if you have any dietary restrictions. Airplanes don't stock sugar free, gluten free, low salt, low carb.
- Bring a nice pair of flip flops. You can wear them almost anywhere these days.
More Tips for Flying
- Get TSA Pre-Check. For only $85 you can take the fast lane through security. And that's $85 for 5 years. You won't have to remove your laptop, liquids, shoes, belts or light jackets when you go through security. For those who travel with any frequency, this is a game changer. CLEAR also offers expedited access to security, but it's more expensive and isn't available at every airport.
- Invest in great luggage. My Away Carry On is my secret weapon when it comes to travel. Its wheels turn 360 degrees, so my shoulder isn't sore from awkwardly lugging the thing by the time I reach my gate. It also has a built-in battery so I can charge all my devices while I wait to board. It's the perfect size so I can pack everything I need and skip checking a bag.
- If you want to sit next to someone you're traveling with, but neither of you wants a middle seat, book two aisle seats right across from each other.
- Be prepared just in case the airline loses your checked bag(s). Pack outfits for 1-2 days, valuables and medications in your carry-on to avoid a nightmare.
- Get to know your home airport. At terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St.Paul International airport you can get quickly through security with a little-known trick. As long as you've only got a carry-on bag, you can get dropped off at the Intercontinental Hotel. You don't have to be a guest there to use the security entrance up on the third level. (open 5:15-10 a.m. daily)
I also asked Julie Thompson, Julieta vice president, for her tips for flying. Here's what she said: My must-haves for travel and travel tips: Bose noise-canceling headphones, moisturizer, cashmere scarf, Briggs & Riley luggage. I pack everything Marie Kondo-style. Saves space, and I can see everything I brought. Shoes always go in their own individual bags. This protects the shoes from getting scratched and protects your clothing from the bottoms of the shoes.
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