If you type the word “travel” into the search engine, you will have your pick of fun facts and destination photos to choose from. Your vacation time is full of decisions to make. Answering the question of how you will get there will depend on your destination. It is estimated that over two billion passengers fly on a plane every year. Airplanes are a popular mode of travel providing a fast path to any location in the world. Once the flight is booked, it is wise to prepare for your upcoming time at the airport.
As an efficient way to travel from one point to another, Airports can be expected to be busy at certain times of the day. Keeping their passengers safe is a priority for Airlines. Many policies and procedures have been implemented to ensure a smooth transition along your journey. This also means gracious travelers should plan ahead of the departure date.
Navigating the Airport
Documenting the Trip– Prior to boarding the plane, you will need to have printed tickets or confirmations within reach. Identification, passports and any necessary medical documents are requirements of most airports. Having a specific folder or space for paperwork should be kept with you and not in your luggage. Not only will this prevent a mishap with hard to get documents, it also saves you the time from digging through your bags.
Pack it Up- Airlines follow a guideline for items that are allowed on the plane. Certain types of items, sizes of containers and content are regulated with strict priority. Many passengers who brought pieces and products on the “do not” list found themselves leaving their goods behind at their own expense. Carryon bags and those in stow may be limited to sizing restrictions which is imperative to know in advance. Having Transparency will keep you moving through the line with ease.
Labeling System– An easy tip that will save you a lot of time and aspirin is to properly label your luggage. Putting your airline tag and a small label may not be enough. Your information should be clearly written in dark ink. Easy to see and legible will be your labeling goal. Identifying markers can be added in bright colors to help you see your luggage stand out from the rest. This will deter thieves and also be a heroic measure when retrieving your bag from the chute. Dozens of similarities will come down the conveyor with a flurry of hands reaching across a small space. If you have a point of recognition, you will be able to spot your own no matter how hectic the line is.
If you have any jitters, pack a favorite book or playlist to take your mind off of the flight. Small snacks and a positive attitude will go a long way. Having a plan and cooperating with the airport’s regulations will bring you one step closer to enjoying your vacation.