Flying can really stink….BUT, it’s the only way to get to magically tropical places. So, we must do it. Here are my 6 important tips that make it much easier:
- Anti-Bacterial Wipes: I can’t even imagine how many germs are on an airplane. Put 2 packs in an easily accessible place in your bag and be ready to take them out the moment you get to your seat. Wipe down EVERYTHING (arm rests, head rests, tray tables, windows…anything that you will touch during the flight!). Also, plan to bring a few of them with you to the restroom so you don’t have to touch door handles, sink knobs, etc.
- Fitted Camisole: I always wear one of these under my clothing when I fly, because it very nicely holds up my top/blouse/dress when I have to use the ladies’ room. You don’t want anything hanging down and contacting the seat. Yuck-o.
- Seat Selection: Be sure to select your seats as soon as you book your flights. You do not want to be stuck in the back row or next to the restrooms. I personally hate sitting in the front row, because the flight attendants force you to put your tote bag in the overhead bin since there is not a seat in front of you to stow it under. That means I can’t access any of my necessities! My husband wanted me to point out to you that there is a benefit to the front row: additional leg room. So, you can decide which is more important to you :).
- In-Flight Entertainment: Don’t rely on the airline’s TVs. Sometimes, they are finicky and don’t work. I like to download shows and movies onto my tablet at home so I am sure I have something to help me pass the time while I’m flying.
- Carry-On Luggage: If possible, do NOT check luggage. This saves time because you don’t have to check-in your luggage, you don’t have to wait for it at baggage claim, and you don’t risk the airline losing it. We have a video on How to Pack an Airplane-Ready Suitcase and an article on Toiletries You Can CARRY ON the Airplane that will be helpful!
- Carry Cash: This is another tip from my husband. If something goes wrong, tipping an employee $20, while calmly (and respectfully) explaining your situation, usually solves most problems. For example, if you decide you are going to check your luggage and you arrive later to the airport than the airline wanted you to, don’t go to the desk inside. Instead, find a skycap on the curb. They can usually slip your luggage onto the plane without any delays.
Andrea Graye :)