As fun as going on vacation can be, the flying part that takes you from one location to another is rarely something that avid travelers look forward to. From delays that drive you insane at the airport, to constant problems with crying babies and aggressive passengers – there are plenty of aspects of flying that many people really don’t enjoy.
Fortunately, we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeve that could help you to stay sane when flying this summer. Just remember to keep your cool and hold onto your waist wallet – the last thing you want is to be one of those obnoxious people freaking out in the middle of the airport.
1. Use TSA-Approved Locks and a Waist Wallet
This may seem like a pretty basic tip, but you’d be surprised how much time is wasted stressing out over broken luggage at the end of a flight simply because you didn’t use the right locks to give your security agents access to your bags. Make sure that your luggage doesn’t end up sprawled out across the airways because it had to be ripped open during a baggage search by investing in a set of TSA-approved locks. At the same time, keep all the essentials in your security money belt, so they’re safe and easy to access.
2. Choose the Right Outfit
While fashion might not be the first thing you want to think about when you’re preparing for a vacation – picking the right clothes could help to seriously reduce the amount of stress you’re exposed to when flying this summer. Try to pick layers that you can add or remove when you’re feeling hot or cold, and stick to items that you know you’re going to feel comfortable in. A flight isn’t a fashion show, so there’s no need to wear fancy or restrictive clothing. All you need is comfort, and your waist wallet
3. Pack the Right Accessories
If you’re concerned that you’re going to have trouble relaxing around noisy passengers, make sure that you bring a pair of earplugs or headphones that you can use to transport yourself into your own little world for the majority of the flight. If you forget to bring these items with you for whatever reason, you can always ask your flight attendant whether they have any spare!
4. Plan Ahead for Special Needs
By now, you’d think that most travelers would know that they have to request a specific meal in advance if they have special dietary needs. However, at home most people become so accustomed to eating in a particular way they’re often shocked to learn that airports don’t naturally stock gluten-free vegan food options. If you’re going to need something specific for your meal, make sure that you let your airline know as early as possible.
5. Book the First Flight of the Day
While getting up really early might not seem like much fun, booking the first flight of the day is one of the best things you can do to stay sane when flying this summer. You won’t have to worry about delays or problems with the weather, and the chances are your co-passengers will be so exhausted that they don’t have the energy to cause any ruckus.