It’s summer, the season for traveling and vacations!
I am super excited for this summer and the next already, because I have two amazing vacations planned. This August I’m flying to the beautiful, relaxing sands of Honolulu, Hawaii, and in June ‘19, I’m going to spend a week in Tuscany! I feel like such a lucky gal.
If you’re flying somewhere this summer, you might be looking for some travel tips to make long layovers and cramped flights go a bit more smoothly. Here are 5 of my best tips:
Pack your own entertainment and snacks from home
While you’re limited on bringing in beverages to the airport, you can bring your own snacks, magazines, and books from home. We all know reading material and food can cost a pretty penny once you get into a terminal, so pack a bag before you leave home and save money.
Put your jewelry in a baggie before going through security and try to wear slip-on shoes
Realizing you have to take off all your jewery before going through security can be a hassle, so avoid it and save time by putting all of it in a bag that you can unpack later. Wearing slip-on shoes can make going through the line faster for you.
If you have a long layover, make use of your surroundings
Instead of sitting at the gate browsing on your phone for hours, I suggest walking around the terminal, exploring the shops, or popping a squat at a restaurant near your gate. One of the best times I ever had at an airport was during a 4-hour layover when I holed up at a TGI Friday’s right across from my gate. I could have a snack and down a drink or two, all while keeping an eye on my gate.
If you’re going on a long flight, always take the aisle seat.
Firstly, you won’t ever have to feel bad for getting up to use the bathroom. Secondly, you’ll have more room to stretch out your legs once they start to ache. Thirdly, you’ll get off the plane faster. Window seats are better only if you really need to see the view or if you like to lean against the plane for sleeping.
Bring earplugs, not just headphones.
Headphones are great for music but not so great for when you all you want to do is sleep but you can’t drown out the baby screaming behind you. Bringing earplugs can help you sleep on long flights and drown out background noise that keeps you from resting.
Got any travel tips to share? I’d love to hear them in the comments!