Between making sure your bag isn’t going to be overweight to worrying about a short connection, plane travel can be a stressful experience — especially if you’re a beginner. But not to worry. We’ve put together nine valuable tips that will have you traveling like a pro in no time.
1. Sign Up for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry
Are you wondering how to alleviate some stress before boarding the airplane? For just $85, TSA PreCheck allows you to keep your shoes and belt on, leave liquids and electronics in your bag, and skip the full-body scan. For just $15 more, you can obtain Global Entry status, which includes PreCheck as well as expedited immigration and customs procedures.
2. Get Organized
Gone are the days of having to carry around a file folder with all of your travel-related paperwork. Use an app like PlanChat, TripIt, TravelBank, or App in the Air to consolidate and get updated on flight statuses, check-in times, gate numbers (and changes), business expenses, and nearby lounge locations. Keep all of your travel documents, such as your passport, ID, etc., in a safe yet easily accessible place.
3. Scope Out Your Seat
One of the best things to make a flight more comfortable is preparation — like choosing the right seat, for example. We’re not just talking about looking at the map provided by your airline carrier of choice, though; that’s only going to tell you so much. Check out SeatGuru for detailed seat maps that show whether or not you’ll be seated by a noisy galley, unpleasant-smelling lavatory, and more.
4. Research Baggage Restrictions
Ensure you understand the baggage restrictions instituted by the carrier you’re flying with because there can be variances — especially between U.S. and European airlines. Along with weight limitation, make sure you follow the specific measuring instructions for accuracy so you don’t get hit with a fee at check-in.
5. Remember the 3-1-1 Liquids Rule
Prevent the disappointment of having to leave your favorite bottle of perfume at a TSA checkpoint by adopting the 3-1-1 liquids rule. This means 3.4-ounce containers or smaller that fit in a see-through, quart-size resealable bag that’s stowed away in your carry-on or personal item. Anything larger should be packed away in your checked luggage.
6. Elevate Your Eats
There’s a reason why airport restaurants are always so jam-packed: Very few people love airplane food. Avoid the crowds and long lines by downloading the Grab app to pre-order and pay for more substantial (and tasty) eats at participating eateries at over 30 airports in the U.S. and U.K. You can place your order while you’re on the way to the airport, and it will be ready for you as soon as you pass security.
7. Invest in Lounge Access
Waiting at the gate can be a drag — especially if it’s overly crowded or you’re stuck there for an extended period due to a flight delay. Invest in lounge access, and you can enjoy free Wi-Fi, substantial refreshments, comfortable seating and workspaces, showers, and more. Consider getting a credit card that provides you with miles for your travels as well as lounge access. Or, peruse LoungeBuddy for reviews on airport lounges worldwide and entry requirements, including day passes.
8. Dress the Part
One of the best tips for long plane trips is to dress comfortably and in layers to ensure you’re ready for fluctuating temps. Opt for multiple, light layers that don’t wrinkle versus pajamas or sweats to up your style factor without sacrificing comfort.
9. Pack Your Personal Item for a Comfortable Flight
Are you wondering how to get comfortable on a long flight? Everyone can bring one personal item with them on the plane, so use it to pack things to help make your flying experience as pleasant as possible. Some essential items include a neck pillow, earplugs, an eye mask, noise-canceling headphones, an aromatherapy pulse point roller, hand sanitizer, face and hand lotion, and a refillable water bottle. To ensure you stay entertained, bring reading material and download your favorite movies to your device.
Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned globe-trekker, Briggs & Riley has the luggage you need to travel with style and ease! We’ll be there to help you with all of your travel needs, big or small, near or far, business or pleasure. That’s why we offer a lifetime guarantee that comes with each piece of Briggs & Riley luggage.