Whether you’re joining your family for the holidays or setting off to explore a new country, traveling can be exciting and adventurous. The actual flying, though, can get stressful when it comes to navigating airports and getting through the flight wedged in with a bunch of strangers. Here are 3 tips to help you feel more relaxed on your next flight so you can enjoy your chance to travel:
Pick the Right Clothes
When you’re excited about a trip, it may be tempting to go straight for your trendiest outfit. That’s not always the best idea, especially if you’re going to be in the air for a while, or have several layovers. When picking your traveling outfit, be sure to choose something comfortable that you don’t mind being in for hours. Choose shoes that are easy to slip on and off while going through security, but still provide enough support for walking through long terminals. Socks are always a good idea too so you don’t have to walk barefoot through the security line, and your toes will stay warm on cold flights. Keep in mind that you will need to take off any belts or hats you’re wearing when you go through security, so avoid those if possible.
Have your Documents in Order
Navigating an airport will be much easier if you have all your necessary documents in one place. You don’t want to be rummaging for your passport with a line of impatient passengers behind you! You will need to show your boarding passes and ID several times before getting on the plane, so keep them accessible till you’re comfortably seated. It’s best to keep important documents – along with some cash or a credit card – on your person at all times in case you lose your bags.
When it comes to enjoying the actual flight, never underestimate the power of noise-cancelling headphones! They will allow you to better hear and enjoy any in-flight entertainment, and can provide white noise if you’re planning on sleeping. It’s also a good idea to bring a book or magazine for take-off and landing, and a backup power supply for your electronic devices so you don’t end up staring out the window for hours on end.
Next time you’re ready to fly, put on some comfy clothes, grab your documents and comfort items, and enjoy your trip!