It's so much fun planning a trip! Years as a flight attendant certainly helped me gather all kinds of helpful tips that I use when I travel. Maybe these tips will help make your next trip just a little bit easier.
Here are are my tried and true:
- Drink lots of water the day before flying, and bring a bottle with you to refill on the other side of the security check. Planes are dehydrating and that can lead to headaches and fatigue. Drinking extra H2O is a great way to arrive feeling your best.
- Roll your clothes. Not only will your clothes be virtually wrinkle free, it's amazing how you can squeeze that extra sundress and tank top into your shoes if you use this trick!
- If your airline has a mobile app use it. In addition to foregoing paper boarding passes, you'll get notifications about flight delays and gate changes. Some have even more perks, including airport maps to make it easier to get to your connecting flight.
- Pack lots of snacks. Whether you're traveling alone or with family, be prepared with an assortment of good munchies. Three hours between flights to enjoy a sit down lunch might turn into a mad (and hungry!) dash to your connecting flight. I take almonds, protein bars, and raisins to keep me going no matter how long a day I end up having.
- Carry an oversized scarf with you. I use my indigo travel scarf all the time! It's the perfect weight to use in so many different ways. It can be a blanket or a pillow, I drape it over my head for privacy on the flight, and when I get to my destination, it's a great cover up or shawl. Versatility is key!
- Bring earplugs and headphones. Use these on your flight to create your own little oasis, or to enjoy the inflight movies. They also come in really handy if your hotel or airbnb is in the heart of town for any afternoon siestas.
- Sit at the back of the plane for the best service. Being friendly to your flight attendant always pays off, especially if your seat is next to their station. If you need some more ice, all you have to do is turn around and they can hand it to you without leaving their post!
- Don't exchange money at the airport, they have the worst rates. Use your debit card at an ATM at a local bank. It's usually safer and always has a better rate than the airport or stand alone ATMs. Some places love U.S. dollars, so its a good idea to bring some $20 as a back up.
Have so much fun!