Airports are our gateway to destinations where we dream of having some incredible and memorable time-offs.
Without them, we won’t be able to fly out to wonderful places all around the globe. But with all the nerve-wracking hustles and bustles going on inside airports, we are frequently confronted by thoughts suggesting that airports might be the reincarnation of the underworld.
Good news is that we can control certain things to make our journey through airports less insufferable, or enjoyable even. Today, we are sharing seven travel hacks to carry out your airports trip faster than before.
Hack #1: Wear the bare minimum.
Dress as simply and as comfortable as you can when going through airports. You can still incorporate some personal touches and fashion statements forasmuch as you avoid clothing items that have metal zippers and metal buttons. By doing so, you may be able to shorten the time you will spend on security lines.
You can mix and match different outfits depending on your taste. Some clothing types to consider are basketball shorts, t-shirts, normal trousers without any belt, jackets, jumpers, hoodies, and even shawls.
Hack #2: Maximize your Ziploc bags.
According to TSA, you may put liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes in your carry-on bag provided that they’re in 3.4 ounces (100 ml) containers. The containers should all fit in a quart-sized resealable bag such as a Ziploc bag. Any containers that exceed the 3.4 ounces limit should be packed in your checked baggage.
If you can spare a couple more of Ziploc bags, you can use them to pack and organize other small items in your carry-on bag to make your turn at the checkpoint faster. To give you an idea, you can put items such as your keys, wallet, coin purses, or loose change.
Hack #3: Familiarize yourself with the airport’s layout.
Before you book your tickets, perform a quick research about the layout of the airports you’ll be flying in to. Familiarize yourself to the terminal locations, especially if the airport is a big one, and try to know what air carrier fly out from those terminals. This hack lets you know where you need to go and lets you move in a purpose. Once you book your tickets, you’ll know the shortest way to the correct terminal without the need stall on your way just to ask questions.
Hack #4: Sign-up for a TSA PreCheck.
If you frequently fly domestically, save yourself a lot of time and stress by signing up with TSA’s PreCheck program. Once you get approved, you are now entitled for the expedited security screening at several U. S. airports, not to mention that you no longer need to remove your belt, lightweight jackets, or shoes!
If you’re more of a frequent out-of-the-country traveler, then you may opt to sign-up with Global Entry. It comes with TSA PreCheck and it eliminates the stress you might get out of customs line after your return to America from your international trip!
Hack #5: Join the lounge.
If your flight is still hours away, there is no better way than to burn those waiting hours in the lounge. Joining the lounge can be comfy and it offer many perks such as good food, drinks, and free Wi-Fi. The lounge also has more decent seats and restrooms. Additionally, it makes a good place to receive real time updates on your flight.
If you’re a frequent flyer, consider paying an annual fee for all year-round access. If not, check if the lounge at your airport offers a day-pass. If the lounge doesn’t offer a day-pass, consider hanging around near the facility so you get to use at least their good Wi-Fi connection.
Hack #6: Save the airline’s phone number and follow their social media accounts.
While this hack might be obvious, some people still forget to do it. Pre-loading your airline’s phone number might save you a ton amount of time when your flight gets cancelled. In case of flight cancelations, expect a stampede rushing for the help desk. It will still be a good idea to wait in line and ring the airline’s phone number at the same time. Calling while waiting in line ensures you get helped as soon as possible. You may also connect with them through social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) if you fail to connect with a live person though their phone.
Hack #7: Be polite and considerate.
Courteousness and consideration should be normal behaviors unless when a person is really pissed off because of certain stress-inducing events. As much as possible, avoid being rude to the people you interact with in airports since being polite pay more often than not. Negative reactions might only worsen and lengthen your stay at the airport. When asking for questions and special requests, try to be as kind as possible and give them a smile.
We can say that airports are the Alpha and the Omega of each of our travels and having a busted start and end point after our travel wouldn’t be so much fun. At least, now that you’re familiar with these seven travel hacks, you will have more control of how your trips through the airports can go. Enjoy!