Steps to be stress free travel day
With the constant decline of fight schedules, majority of flights are at full capacity and at times oversold. This may work for the airlines that are looking for profitability, but how does the weekly business traveler or the families on summer vacation feel when they are separated on a reservation that was made together? How does the single parent with a 4yr old and infant in arms feel when she is told she has to gate check her bags with little Kimberly’s toys because there is no more room in the overhead bins where she is sitting? In addition to these flying woes, trying to find a decent meal at a reasonable price is almost impossible and the flight crews are rude. To help alleviate some of these worries, I have compiled 8 ways to make your traveling nightmare a flying heaven.
1. Pack light: Pack only what is needed for the actual trip and not for “just in case” moments. Women, find neutral outfits that can be worn with one pair of shoes. Also take advantage of the travel size condiments that are now accessible at stores like Target, Wal-Mart and Walgreens. However, if you have products that are not available in the required 3 oz bottles, these stores also sell bottles that you can store your must need items in. These steps will not only make your bag lighter, but saves you from paying for checked baggage.
2. Get a good nights rest.
3. Pack a lunch: Meals can be pricy at the airport, pack a cold lunch that you can eat on the plane. So now your only airport expense will be a cold beverage.
4. Be on Time: If you are on time to your gate and board with your zone, you are most likely to find overhead space near your assigned seat. Mothers, take advantage of preboarding!
5. Take a window seat: Relax and enjoy the scenery. The beauty and formation of the clouds are an instant mind vacation.
6. Smile: Airport and airline employees are more eager to help out a cheerful traveler.
7. Greet your fight crew: Flight crews risk their lives everyday for the safety of your travel and work unbelievable hours. Say hello and thank you, it goes a long way.
8. Wear comfortable shoes: Unless you live in a major metropolitan city, you are more than likely to have a connecting flight. Wear comfortable shoes to be able to sustain the long walk to different terminals or the quick run to a close connection.
I hope these steps will make your next flight enjoyable and stress free. Fly Safe!