Traveling can be stressful and tiring, especially if you’re not properly organized for it. If you want to make travel less stressful and more fun, follow these 5 ideas for making travel easier.
One of the worst things you can do is show up at the airport without the proper expectations. If you are aware of the procedures ahead of time you can often avoid long waits and extra security checks. Check with your airline to find out the current rules and regulations that must be followed. It’s much better to plan for these rules than to find out after you arrive for your flight. If your airline allows only one carry-on and you need to bring more, consider sending your belongings through a package delivery service and never forget to reserve your airport parking
early. Don't be caught waisting time searching lots for a space.
Proper packing will help improve your entire trip. Not only will it make travel easier, but it will also ensure that you have everything you need. Make a list and stick to it. Keep everything neatly organized so that your suitcase will be easy to use. Utilize clear plastic bags to keep small items neat while traveling. Don’t stuff your suitcase too full. Keep in mind that the bag may need to be opened and looked at by security. Bring a carry-on with some basic toiletries and other essentials that you may need if the flight is delayed. Use only small sized bottles that are within the TSA standards.
Consider making a parking reservation. You’ll be assured of having a place to park without having to drive around a crowded lot looking for a space to open up. An offsite lot is a good option because it’s not only convenient, but it’s also less expensive than using the airport lot. You’ll also be able to pre-pay if you would like and can utilize a valet to make parking even easier. The last thing you want to do is end up stressed out when you arrive at the airport due to parking problems.
Face it, travel is going to include a lot of wait time. You’ve got to get to the airport early but then you’ll be sitting around with nothing to do. To stay calm, bring some things to keep you busy while you’re waiting. Your computer or iPod are useful since the airport will have a WiFi connection you can use. Bring a book to read or grab a puzzle book to do while waiting. If you are traveling with children, be sure to bring plenty of things that they can do to stay busy. handheld games and music devices are both good options for kids and teens.
Keep in Touch
Use a cell phone app or phone call to stay in touch with your airline. You’ll be able to find out whenever there is a change to the schedule. Before leaving for the airport in the morning, call the airline to be sure your flight is on time. Some airlines offer apps that give you up-to-date info on their arrivals and departures as well as weather conditions.