With the Holiday season quickly approaching, I know many people are packing their suitcases and doing last minute shopping for their vacation. I am sure you are super excited and can’t wait to board that plane! … As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one major downside to the vacation season – traveling through airports.
I remember when it used to be fun. Now it’s frustrating, time-consuming and, often, a blatant rip-off. But that shouldn’t matter too much if you use a few rules to side-step some of the aggravation and potential dangers:
- Wear slip-on shoes so they’re easy to remove in security — plus they’re more comfortable to travel in because feet swell during flight
- Take an empty plastic bottle through security and fill it on the other side, instead of paying inflated prices in flight-side stores
- Keep a close eye on your property, especially tablets and laptops as they emerge from screening conveyor belts — it’s a favorite spot for thieves to take them
- Ensure your carry-ons meet airline size regulations. The airlines are getting increasingly picky on this and could force you to check-in your baggage, and pay for it!
- Expect and plan for security to be busy and backlogged — then you won’t get angry or tense, and it’ll be a pleasant surprise if you sail through.
- On your return, buy souvenirs elsewhere. They’re generally way more expensive at airports.
- If you’re traveling abroad, don’t change your money at foreign airports — you’ll likely get ripped off. Get currency before you go or head for a local bank after you arrive. Airport credit card phone calls are also often extremely expensive.
- Avoid fizzy drinks in flight. They just get fizzier once they’re inside you.
- Keep your hands on your luggage in the concourse. Thieves use ‘pop-over’ cases to conceal smaller cases and walk off seeming beyond suspicion.
- Take anti-bacterial wipes on board and wipe down armrests, headrests, drop-down trays and recliner buttons.
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