15 Extremely Helpful Airport Tips to Make Travel Easier


15 Extremely Helpful Airport Tips to Make Travel Easier

Airport Tips You Need to Know for Your Next Trip

This post is all about the best airport tips. Traveling is fun, but getting through the airport can be an exhausting and hectic experience sometimes.

Since I work for a Big Four consulting firm, I spend a LOT of time in airports traveling for my job. In fact, there have been a few months where I am flying to work every single week!

With all the time I’ve spent at airports, I’ve picked up quite a few helpful tips along the way.

So here are 15 awesome airport tips to help make your travel experience better!

1. Bring your own snacks.

Avoid paying super-steep airport prices for snacks by bringing your own with you! Some of my favorite snacks to bring with me for flights are popcorn, fruit leather, energy bars, and trail mix.

2. Pack an empty water bottle.

I always bring an empty water bottle with me in my carry-on luggage so I can fill it up once I get through security. Most airports have water bottle refill stations or at least a water fountain you can use. This will help you save money instead of buying an overpriced water bottle at the airport.

This refillable water bottle is perfect for travel because it comes with a filtering straw that makes water from anywhere safe to drink!

3. Check-in for your flight in advance.

Be sure to check-in for your flight online 24 hours in advance so you don’t have to wait in line once you get to the airport. This can also be a great way to grab a good seat assignment if you weren’t able to select your seat when you booked your ticket.

Another incentive to check-in for your flight before you arrive at the airport: Some budget airlines are now charging extra if you wait to check in with an agent!


4. Wear socks

Some airports make you take your shoes off when going through security, especially in the US. To avoid standing barefoot on the dirty airport floor, make sure to wear socks! These will also come in handy for keeping your feet warm on your flight.


5. Dress in layers for your flight

On a similar note to above, dress in layers to stay comfortable while at the airport and on your flight. Airports and airplanes can either be extremely cold or extremely hot and usually, there’s no happy in-between so wearing layers will help.

6. Bring a portable charger

Not all airports have convenient outlets or charging stations while you’re waiting at the gate, so be sure to bring a portable charger with you! I take this portable phone charger everywhere I go and it has been a lifesaver when I’m traveling.


7. Pack your laptop in an easy to reach the place

You will have to take your laptop or any other large electronics out of your bag when going through security. To avoid having to dig through your bag while waiting in line, make sure to pack your laptop or any other electronics in the side pocket of your luggage with easy access.

For frequent business travelers, you may also want to get a carry-on suitcase with a laptop compartment. This makes it a breeze to reach for your laptop at the airport!


8. Take a photo of your parking space

If you’ll be parking at the airport, make sure to take a picture of your parking space and any helpful signage or numbering that will help you find it again when you return.

There’s nothing worse than returning from a vacation only to be unable to remember where you parked your car, leading you to wander around the airport parking garage for an hour!

9. Take a photo of your checked luggage

On the off chance that your checked luggage gets lost, having a photo of it in addition to your luggage receipt can make it much easier to locate.


10. Pack hand sanitizer

Airports and airplanes are a mecca for germs, so pack a travel-sized hand sanitizer wherever you go. I like this hand sanitizer because you can easily clip it into your backpack or purse.


11. Research sleep spots

If you’ll need to spend the night in an airport because your flight was delayed or you have a long layover, check out this website for the best and worst sleeping spots in most airports around the world. Sleeping in the airport is never fun, but you can make it a little more comfortable if you plan in advance and know the best places to go.

12. Keep and pack hotel toiletries in carry-on

Every time you stay at a hotel, bring extra travel-sized toiletries home with you. Then any time you travel with only carry-on luggage, you’ll have a collection of TSA-approved toiletries to pack.

(And bonus, you won’t need to buy your own shampoo/conditioner as often!)


13. Put a colorful ribbon on your luggage

If you’re checking luggage, tie a colorful ribbon on the handle of your suitcase to make it stand out so you can find it quickly in the sea of similar luggage on the conveyor belt.


14. Go left at security

Studies have shown that people naturally veer right, so when you reach a security checkpoint, head to the line furthest to the left and you just might save a few minutes waiting in line.


15. Have a designated airplane outfit

Choose a comfortable outfit and make it your designated outfit for air travel. (I always wear leggings, a loose, lightweight hooded sweatshirt, and a coat if I’m going somewhere cold.)

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