And now due to the new president signing in some very, very controversial executive orders, airports are even more tricky for travelers. In fact, airports have been in the headlines and all over the news on a daily basis recently.
So if you're flying out of town now or in the future, here's our top tips for making your airport experience a little more comfortable and enjoyable.
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1. Planned procrastination?!?!
PLAN TO LEAVE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES EARLY
So my suggestion, which has proven to work for me time and time again, is to give yourself at least a 30 minute cushion. For example, if you need to leave by 3pm to make it to the airport, plan your travel day with the goal of having everything complete and ready to leave by 2:30. That way if a phone call runs longer than expected, you can't find your keys, or you have to drop something off locally before you head out of town, you will still be ahead of the game.
Those extra 30 minutes will be a lifesaver or should I say, trip-saver! In addition, knowing you have given yourself an extra buffer of time before the day has even started will keep you calmer and more grounded having a positive health benefit as well!!
2. Traffic Terrors
My point is, do your due diligence the day you are traveling. A few times during the day, find out what the road conditions are like and what the traffic looks like. Start monitoring traffic consistently an hour before you need to leave and if it looks like it's going to take you longer to get to the airport than you had expected, leave early.
Better to be early, than to be late because unfortunately the plane is not going to wait for you.
3. POP-UP PROTESTS
Double check social media and local news sites to see if there's anything planned or happening in the area that might affect your travels to the airport.
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4. PAPERWORK AND pACKING PERFECTION
HAVE IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS WITH YOU
AND PACK SMART
Depending on how long you're going for will probably determine how much you're packing. A few quick tips on packing:
- Charge your phone and pack your charger in your carry-on bag so if you need to get to it, it's easily accessible.
- Roll clothes to save space. It does work!
- You don't need a pair of shoes with every outfit. Bring clothes that have similar color schemes so the shoes you do choose to bring will match with more of your outfits.
5. Simple Style
So why not take the day off? Throw your hair back or put a hat on, wear your most cozy pants, and break out that super soft hoodie sweatshirt in the back of your closet. You will get through security faster and when you're stuck on the plane for hours, you will be much more comfortable, which is the ultimate goal.
6. TIME TO TAKE A BREAK
There's plenty of people watching to be had. Treat yourself to a snack that you wouldn't usually have, maybe that donut or brownie you've been craving or pop your head into the spa store and get yourself a shoulder massage before going up in the air.
If you're more social, grab yourself a drink at one of the restaurants and start up a conversation with other travelers. Be sure to bring lots of business cards with you as this can be a great place to network as well or who knows, maybe you'll meet your next best friend or lover.
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