Flying, even though we love it, can be super stressful. Over time, we have learned some steps we can take each trip that helps lower that stress. As we prepare to fly, we ensure that we have certain things taken care of ahead of time. Doing this can make a huge difference when it comes to our flight.
As we want you to have a stress-free experience, we will share our best tips for flying. These are meant to help you walk onto your flight prepared and ready to soar. Use these tips to have a great in-flight experience.
Get the Apps
There are so many amazing apps out there that can help you with flying. First off, make sure that you have the app for your airline. Most airlines have their app. This is where you can view your boarding groups, boarding times, and much more. Having this app ready to go keeps you connected to the airline, which is so essential during travel.
The second app we recommend downloading is the app for the airport. Orlando International Airport (MCO) has an app that can help Guests navigate their way in and out of the airport. Download the app to easily find food, terminals, and parking. These apps have become so helpful that we can’t imagine being in an airport without them.
Finally, make sure you have a weather app downloaded. This can help you avoid any potential weather-related delays for your flight.
Apps are a must-have when it comes to flying. They help keep you connected and up to date on any changes that can come up.
If traveling stresses you out and going through security is a big part, consider investing in TSA PreCheck. This program you can pay for is available throughout more than 200 airports in the USA.
This program offers travelers who have gotten approved to go through a separate security line. This separate line offers faster screening at the security checkpoint, which is much less stressful. Approved guests don’t have to remove shoes, take out laptops, remove liquids, or take off belts or jackets.
Although this might not seem like a big deal if you are a solo traveler, going through security can be a significant undertaking for those traveling with a family, having TSA PreCheck is a game changer when it comes to security at the airport.
Remember that children 12 and under can join a parent or guardian who has TSA Precheck. This is an excellent option for families and makes a significant difference regarding security stress.
Don’t wait until the last minute to check into your flight. The earlier you check-in, the better chance you have for upgrades, and it also makes it less likely you will be bumped if the flight is full. If you are the last to check into a flight, you might be the first to be removed if the airline is overbooked.
Checking in online for your flight can also make it easier when you arrive at the airport. This allows you to bypass the counter if you don’t have any checked luggage. Doing this can allow you to skip those long lines at the airline check-in counters.
For Southwest, remember the earlier you check-in, the better boarding group you are given. This means the earlier you are on the plane, the more options you have for choosing your seat. If you don’t want to purchase early bird check-in, ensure the alarm is set to check yourself on time.
This might seem silly, but you will thank us. Having gum during a flight is essential for helping keep your ears happy. You can keep your ears from popping by chewing gum during take-off and landing. This can save you comfortable during your flight.
Gum doesn’t take up much room in your packing, but it can make a big difference in keeping yourself from dealing with ear issues.
If you don’t sign up for TSA PreCheck, you will need to remove electronics and liquids. Because of this, you don’t want them buried in the bottom of your carry-on. Think ahead so you know where these items are and how you can access them quickly when you get to security.
Also, ensure you pack items you will need during your flight, so they go under the seat in front of you. Ensure your headphones, gum, books, and whatever else you (your kids) might need during the flight are easily accessible.
Take time to think through your packing, so items are easy during your flight. Doing this will make a huge difference and help make your flight much more manageable.
Finally, even though we love being able to walk through the airport with as little luggage as possible, we have learned that having some backup items packed is so essential. Flights change, get delayed and are even canceled. Having some backup items packed can save the day.
We like to always have at least one extra set of clothes. We have also learned the hard way that having layers for the airport can be a game changer. It is so cold, so having an extra sweatshirt can make you much more comfortable.
Having any essential toiletries is also important. A toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, and medication is critical. We have learned that having these items with us during flights, no matter how long or short the flight is scheduled, is vital when things go wrong.
After a lot of stress when traveling, we have learned that these tips make a significant difference in our travel experience. We hope these tips will help you as you prepare to travel.