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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | Stamp in My Passport| , , , |

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who enjoy flying, and those who would rather be stuck in the middle seat on an 18 hour car ride. Some enjoy the challenge, or better yet naturally, can pack a weeks worth of clothes and cosmetics into a carry-on and purse. Others need an entire bag for their shoes alone.

Wherever you fall on this spectrum, you will more than likely find yourself on a plane at some point. Here is how to make the most of the experience.

1. Your carry-on bag choice is key. Other than a rolling suitcase for your clothes, choose a slightly large tote with lots of pockets on the inside and outside. You don't want to be that person digging for their phone, credit card or boarding pass.

2. Speaking of boarding passes...Most airlines have mobile apps that allow you to check in as well as store your boarding pass electronically. If you aren't checking a bag, this means that you can bypass the counter entirely and make a beeline for security upon arrival. 

3. No matter the temperature outside, bring a scarf. It can keep you warm, dress up the tshirt and jeans, as well as serve double duty as a blanket or pillow.

4. Slip on shoes are a must, unless you are bringing boots. In that case, wear them on the plane so you don't have to pack them. 

5. Stay hydrated. Drink a water bottle on your way to the airport and once you are on the other side of security you can fill it up at a water fountain and save yourself the $6 for a bottle.

6. For overnight flights, try to recreate your nighttime beauty routine as best as possible. Take your contacts out, remove your makeup and even grab a cup of tea before boarding. Convincing yourself that it's time to go to sleep will help you feel at least a little more alert once you land.

7. Don't want your multiple chargers and plugs tangled up in a heap at the bottom of your bag? Try these cable clips to keep everything in its place.

8. Preload videos on your laptop to watch. Or if you want to be productive, set up offline access to Google Drive so you can work seamlessly from the office, to the airport, to the plane.

9. And how about after you land? One of the downsides to flying is not having a car when you land. You can either take a taxi, coordinate with friends or family, or rent a car. To save money, consider reserving a car through RelayRides. Here is a list of airport rentals available at your next destination.

Do you have any tips or tricks that you swear by to make the airline travel process as seamless as possible?


Macy Gutermuth said...

I really love that bag! I have been looking for a new one to use for my travels and that seems perfect!

Felecia Efriann said...

I enjoyed reading all your travel tips! I prefer road trips to planes, but when I fly I do some of the things you mentioned. I have never consider bringing a scarf even when it is not cold to double as a pillow or simply a cute accessory, that's smart. :)

Caroline @ TheCollegeCosmo said...

These are great tips - I love using mobile boarding passes, and next time I take an overnight flight I'll definitely use your idea about nighttime routines. One thing I need to work on is keeping up with my headphones. They also end up in the bottom of my bag under the seat in front of me, so it's awkward to try to find them with someone sitting next to you, but going the whole flight without them is just as bad, haha. Thanks for your tips, Jess!

Chelsea said...

Love that bag!

Jess said...

I've had my eye on it for the longest time! It's perfect to carry everything you could possibly need :)

Jess said...

You're so welcome! Glad to know I'm not alone with losing my headphones. Maybe I'll just start being one of those people who wears them around their neck? haha

Jess said...

Road trips are great for making impulsive stops and detours along the way. And the scarf is a must to stay warm and comfy!

Jess said...

I've had my eye on it for the longest time! Whenever I go to the fossil store or walk by the display at Dillard's, I always stop and look at it. It is perfect to keep everything you could possibly need to keep with you :)

Erika said...

Thanks for the awesome tips! I've never heard of Relay Rides before, but it sounds like a cool concept.

Jess said...

I can't wait to try it the next time I'm at the airport. Can really save a lot of money.