6 Ways to Make Your Airport Experience Easy
Airports can be one of the most painful parts of a travel life; they’re crowded, loud, and there’s so many steps before you even get onto your flight. With that being said, there are a few things you can do to make that flight and airport experience overall more enjoyable.
1. Slip-On/Off Clothing
Let’s face it, no one wants to be that guy who wears the big boots with buckles and straps that takes 15 minutes just to get off, those people are THE WORST. That’s why you wear slip-ons, like TOMS or Flip-Flops are even better! Just something you can easily slip off at security in a matter of seconds, glide through the metal detector and BOOM you’re off to your gate.
Same deal with jackets, bags, belts, jewelry; wear the easy-undress options. Yes, it may sound a little sleazy or stripper-ish, but in the long run it’ll save you quite a bit of time.
2. No Liquids, But Food is A-Okay!
Little known fact, while most airlines will put extreme restrictions on liquids (like seriously 1.5 Ounces?) bringing food items on your flight is 100% cool. Bring that sandwich through security, bring those grapes, or crackers, literally whatever food you have in your bag should make it through fine.
Fun story, when I was living in Manchester, UK and traveling all over Europe, I had a bag of 32 pieces of fruit; apples, bananas, oranges, kiwis, etc., and would take them through security in every airport. London, Milan, Brussels, Manchester, Reykjavik, Amsterdam, literally no issue in any of them!
3. Sound Proof Headphones will save your life!
Ever been on a flight with a screaming baby? I was on one recently, Washington DC to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Literally 2-3 hours of one screaming child with no stop. My cheap $% headphones couldn’t provide any relief, even on full blast. I have nothing against young children, but on an extended flight, if they’re screaming the entire time, there are few things that could be worse.
That being said, buy yourself a decent pair of headphones. Ones that will keep sound out without forcing the person next to you to listen to your weird music choices he entire time, because sometimes that’s just as bad!
4. Neck Pillows are EVERYTHING
If you haven’t experienced it yet then you’re one of the lucky ones; you’re on a long flight, like let’s say Washington DC to Bangkok, and you’re trying to find the perfect way to lean your head to get some sleep. Trouble is, every which way you try is just terrible, that’s where the neck pillow comes in: it’ll provide a cushion for your head, and keep your neck from that aching pain days after your flight lands.
In all seriousness though, this investment is one that many travelers should and do make. Whether you’re a backpacker on a budget, a vacation-ready tourist, or a businessman with a plan, get a neck pillow, you won’t regret it.
Getting sleep on a flight means one happy traveler once we land!
5. Drink Coupons!!!!!!!!!
Listen, if you’re anything like me, you enjoy a nice bit of whiskey on the side of those in-flight peanuts they give you on every flight. Only problem is, that small bottle of whiskey costs $5-$7! That’s where the drink coupons come in; lots of airlines will offer online deals for drink coupons that will allow you one or two free drinks on your flight free of charge. I don’t know about you, but I’m much more likely to throw down that $7 when I’ve already got a few in me too!
Try American, JetBlue, or Southwest for drink coupons, they’re usually easy to come by, and it’ll save you money on a flight that already probably cost you a pretty penny.
6. Travel with Carry-Ons Only and You’ll Be In and Out in Minutes
What’s worse than getting off a 12-hour flight and having to go to baggage claim to wait another 20-30 minutes for your luggage? Ugh, it’s the worst! So how do you avoid it? Pack light, bring only a carry-on, chances are you’re going to be buying souvenirs and clothing articles anyway while you’re there, so just save the space for that. There’s literally nothing better than walking off a flight with bag in hand, watching the other passengers slump towards the baggage carousel, and you’re already out the door!
At the end of the day, airport travel is typical a pain to deal with, so why not make it a little easier on yourself? Take these tips and any others you may have and travel on amigos!