Airports are frustrating places. They can be confusing and overwhelming. Most of the people you encounter here are rushed, fatigued, grumpy, and just plain over it. Managing the stress of airports can take the joy out of traveling. We think it is best to get in and out of the airport as quickly as possible. Our tips and tricks will help you do the same!
First thing’s first – Know your airline’s baggage rules!
This will help you when it comes time to pack. Having to unexpectedly gate check an oversize bag is inconvenient and can oftentimes slow you down once you deplane as you wait to retrieve your bag. We have seen plenty of people trying to travel with bags that do not meet the rules (whether checked or carry-on). It really is easier to figure this out in advance and pack appropriately.
As you may have guessed, we are carry-on travelers. There are so many benefits to packing this way. Time management is one of them. You will save tons of time not standing in line to check your bag or when retrieving it from baggage claim. Plus, it is so much easier (and more sustainable) to travel with minimal items.
Complete online check-in early and have your boarding pass ready
Arriving at the airport fully checked in and ready to go saves you time at the airport. I love the ability to check in online in advance. Knowing everything is taken care of saves time and stress. Be sure to have your boarding pass and photo ID handy so you don’t have to search for it when you’re rushing to the security screening podium. I recommend grabbing these before you jump in the security line.
Think about it. Make sure it’s easy to quickly remove and put back on. No lace up boots or bulky clothes. Also, be sure to avoid excessive jewelry and remove everything from your pockets tool. It helps to speed the process along, trust me.
Sign up for TSA Pre-check
Speaking of security, sign up for TSA Pre-check if you fly utilizing US airports at least a few times a year. It is well worth the money and will save you tons of time and hassle as you move through security. Not only do you get to enjoy shorter lines, but there are many other benefits to TSA Pre-check. You can leave shoes and light jackets on and don’t have to take liquids out of carry-on bags. Win-win!
Organize your items
You know you will likely have to have certain things out of your bags and ready to go. This varies depending on whether or not you have TSA Pre-check. Regardless, get your items organized. Pull out iPads, have your boarding pass and ID ready, and whatever else you need to do. It’s better to do it any advance and breeze through everything.
Reconsider Your Shopping
Breeze through Customs and Immigrations! We do this because we never really buy much in the way of souvenirs. It’s just not our thing. I know most people like to buy stuff during their travels, but foregoing these purchases can have baggage screening additional benefits.
These are easy tips and tricks that will help your time spent in airports be more smooth and manageable! We have tried them all and swear by them. Hopefully, you found this post helpful!