Hello, hello! With the holidays around the corner, it’s pretty likely you’ll find yourself on a plane in the next few months. Winter is one of the busiest seasons for travel, which can make the airport hectic and super stressful for even the most seasoned fliers. I’ve had more than my share of flights during this time of year and I’ve definitely learned a few things that can make your trip much more stress-free. Here are my three top tips.
3 Tips to Make Flying a Breeze During the Holidays
1. Check-in 24 hours in advance
When they started offering online check-in 24 hours prior to your flight, I thought it was a total no-brainer. But, I’ve traveled with co-workers and friends who don’t take advantage of this. This not only saves you a ton of time in line (particularly if you’re not checking luggage), but can lower your travel stress since you won’t have to deal with the anxiety of getting to your flight on time because the line is so long.
2. Download the airline app
From checking in early to staying up to date with gate changes, flight times and seat upgrades, the airline app has everything you need for a seamless flying experience. Once I check in, I screenshot my boarding passes just in case my internet connection is poor. Having this on your phone eliminates the need for paper tickets, so you can also cut out time spent in line and go straight to security. I also elect to have flight update notifications sent, which tell me if my flight has been moved or cancelled. You can even use the app to switch to a different flight, say, if your first flight is landing so late you can’t make your connection. This will make your life so much easier!
3. Wear your heaviest items on your flying days to save space in your carry-on
This is one of the big ones if you plan to fly with just a carry-on. Particularly in the winter, I always make sure I’m wearing my heaviest layering items on flying days. Usually my tallest/bulkiest boots, scarf, jacket and sweater make up my flying outfit since it’ll free up room in my bag and allow for layers when the flight is inevitably freezing. For more packing hacks to save space, you’ll definitely want to read this.
What have you learned from frequent flying? Share your tips below!
Until next time —