Y’all know I’ve had my fair share of air time. And we’re not talking about my time as a Face on the radio. We’re talking about seat 7C and delays, people! In light of a traditionally heavy travel season coming up, I though I’d share oh, you know, 19 or so of my favorite tips for flying the usually-friendly skies.
1. Invest in a good suitcase. Check discount stores (TJMaxx, Ross, etc.) for name brands like Samsonite at a lower price. Roll it around in the store. Zip and unzip every zipper. Throw it on the floor like you’re a baggage claim person. (Just kidding on that last one – it may get you kicked out of the store and negate a purchase.)
2. Go for an aisle seat. Easy access to the bathroom if you need it. Just keep your arms, legs, ears, and all other appendages inside the seat space.
3. Try to stick with one airline and rack up points and miles. Seriously. Do this. If you want bonus bucks, look into that airline’s credit card offering for additional miles, just read the fine print carefully before committing.
4. Don’t try to coerce the flight attendant / gate agent / whoever into letting you bring on extra … whatever. Follow the rules in size and number of bags. It will make your life and all other squished lives around you much happier. And happy passengers = happy flight.
5. Pack like you’re going for half the time you really are. You can do without half of the items in your suitcase. Really, you can.
6. Think about what you’re wearing through security. Make it as easy as possible, without wearing your PJ’s. Look presentable, but skip the belt. Don’t wear anything that will make you hold up the line. If you know you’ll need your toiletry bag out, have it ready to go. Same with any electronic device over a cell phone. Moral of the story? Just be prepared. Don’t be above checking TSA.gov prior to your trip if you have questions. And for a good laugh? (Or a healthy dose of gratitude?) Follow @TSA on Instagram.
7. Bring a good book. Or two.
8. Respect your miniature cubicle on the airplane. Don’t hog armrests, bin space, or the flight attendants attention. We’re all in this together man, but we still want to have our bubble.
9. Respect your seatmates ability/inability to talk on a flight. All the introverts on the plane will thank you.
10. Talk to your taxi/uber/whoever driver. Ask them their favorite thing about the city you’ve landed in. Take them up on recommendations (if time allows).
11. Never get tired of the view from 30K feet. Keep the window shade open.
12. Actually pay attention to the flight attendant when they’re doing their spiel at the beginning. Yes, you’ve heard it a billion times. Yes, they still have to smile. Put down your whatever and look them in the eye and offer them a genuine smile. They are worth your attention for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
13. Don’t stare at your neighbors book, computer screen, iPad, etc. See #7.
14. If your significant other / kids / close people are traveling without you, stick kind notes in random places in their luggage. It will make them smile.
15. Don’t glare at the people in first class as you barge back to coach. Yes, some paid for that service. Others have upgrades and earned a boost. Don’t judge.
16. Pack a snack. Or two. Just leave those water bottles empty until you get through security.
17. Learn to accept delays with a smile. There ain’t a darn thing you can do about it, honey.
18. Be the kindest to the customer service agents – on the phone or in person. Trust me, they don’t want to have to deal with you or delays either!
19. Use Hipmunk to book flights. #Favorite
And above all. Smile.
What are your favorite tips for flying the friendly skies? Tippy-type yours below!