Good morning! I’m writing this today from the Dallas airport, where I’m on my way to Frankfurt, Germany to see my mom, bother, sister-in-law, and precious nephews. From there, we will be going to Disneyworld Paris, and I could not be more excited, both to spend some much needed time with my brother and his family (they’ve lived in Germany for the past 4 1/2 years) and to see my nephews’ faces as they experience Disneyworld. It will definitely make this almost 24-hour trip worth it. With that being said, here are some travel tips that can make long journeys a little easier on your mind and body.
- First and foremost, arrive early for your flight. Nothing can stress you out more than trying to get through security while your flight has already started boarding. The amount of time you need arrive prior to your flight varies by time of day as well as which airport you’re traveling through, but an hour and a half before your flight is usually a good rule of thumb.
- Dress comfortably, but presentably. I know it can be tempting to throw on the first thing you can grab when waking up at 5am to get to the airport, but if you don’t feel presentable in what you’re wearing, you’ll be self-conscious for the rest of the day. Additionally, if you don’t dress comfortably, you’ll be miserable the entire day. Currently, I’m wearing a loose swing dress, black tights, and these black Lauren Conrad loafers that I absolutely love.
- Wear shoes that can be easily taken on and off. Flats and sneakers are great choices. When going through security, you’re going to have to take off your shoes, so it’s best to have on something you can slip off quickly and not hold up the line. Also, wear socks or tights, because airport floors are probably really gross.
- If you’re checking luggage, put all your liquids in your checked bag. It’ll be one less thing you’ll have to remove when going through security. The quicker you can get through security, the happier you’ll be.
- Be kind to gate agents, TSA agents, flight attendants, and any other airport employees you encounter. First of all, they are people, too, and deal with hundreds if not thousands of unpleasant people every day. Don’t be one of them. Second, they can help you out a lot. Depending on how open your flight is, they can help you get a better seat assignment and keep you comfortable on the flight, among other things. They won’t always be able to do something for you, and you shouldn’t expect it, but if you’re mean to them, they definitely won’t help. Being nice to people in the service industry is just a good policy in general.
- Drink lots of water. This is always important, but especially while traveling. When airplanes reach higher altitudes, it can really dry you out, so staying hydrated is crucial.
This list isn’t all-inclusive, but it should help make your traveling a little easier. What are some travel tips you swear by?