Top Ten Airport Travel Hacks
Bring a Phone charger and battery pack. Long flights drain batteries. Be ready to charge your phone so you have it at your destination. Many carry-on bags have a USB port built into the case. Plug in a charged battery pack before you leave and have plenty of power on your trip. This Powerpack from Traveler’s Choice brings the power!!! Choose between 5000, or 10,000 mAh and never fight over a charging station in another airport.
Prepare yourself for Airport Security– Just after you check in for your flight, grab your boarding pass and get yourself together for airport security. Empty your pockets into your carry-on. Change into some slip on shoes or slippers and remove your belt. Once you get to the TSA screen you are ready to move through the line as quickly as possible. BONUS Travel Hack: Unless directed otherwise, go to the LEFT-hand side line. It usually has fewer people, and moves quicker. People usually stick to the right when they move from place to place.
Take a photo of the bags you are travelling with and keep them on your phone until the end of the trip. If that bag gets lost, it makes it easy to remember and identify your bag if the airlines has to search for it. Be ready to describe the bag that got lost, it is surprising how many people cannot remember what bag they packed for their trip.
Bring Your Favorite Snack – Why be at the mercy of airport gift shops or restaurants? Overpriced and poor selection are plenty of reasons to avoid them at all cost. Grab a ziplock bag and cut some fruit, or pack a lunch depending how hungry you might get, and don’t forget to share.
Don’t like turbulence? Fly Early- Early morning flights are far less bumpy than later in the day. Schedule your flight accordingly. Pay attention to weather situations as they change at your destination. These flights might be more crowded but they are also cheapest.
Speaking of cheapest flights, Tuesdays are generally speaking the cheapest day of the week to fly. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday are the three best days to travel in the US. Booking your ticket Tuesday at 3:00 pm if we are being exact.
Check in 24 hrs before your flight- The best time to check in for your flight is the night before you take off. If you are flying with a carry-on only and not checking a bag this is definitely the way to go. If you do check a bag, head to the kiosk instead of the desk to print out all your documents unless there is no line. This will save tons of time for you and the desk clerk. Checking in 24 hrs before your flight still allows you to select your seat, and avoid the charge for early check
Bring Wipes and sanitizer– Check out these disinfectant wipes, from REI. Together with a small bottle of hand sanitizer, these will help prevent getting sick from a flight that was supposed to be fun. The larger size (8×6) is perfect for face and hands. You can also use these for a quick effective refresh in an airport bathroom.
Put the Airline phone number for booking in your phone.– This tip is a life saver if you ever have to use it. If your flight gets cancelled last minute CALL the reservation number in your phone to book another flight. DO NOT get in the line of very upset passengers that are forming in front of you. Be calm and explain the situation to the agent on the phone, and nicely ask for an upgrade on the flight she is helping you book. It is worth a shot. The look on the face of your fellow passengers when you board the next flight out is priceless. BONUS Travel Hack: Once you have booked your flight look around for a single parent trying to wrangle her children at the back of the line. Help them get to their destination. It will be the nicest thing you did that day.
Bring an extra set of headphones- I have quieted many a child on an airplane just by handing the mother an extra set of headphones. Take a look at these JBL E-Series Headphones. We love the big sound, and lightweight feel. It is surprising to see how many people forget to pack headphones for a flight of several hours, so be prepared.