I have been meeting more and more people who have never flown on an airplane before. Then I meet others who rarely ever fly. Many of them were confused and a bit nervous about what to expect. So I have some tips for flying the friendly skies. I also have asked a couple of great travel bloggers and a flight attendant their tips.
You are allowed 1 personal item and 1 carry-on bag. Personal items are purses or murses (man bag), camera bags, computer bags, book bags, etc. This bag typically will go under the seat in front of you. You should always carry valuable items in your carry-on bag. Never put jewelry or electronics in your checked bag. They could get damaged or even worse stolen. Here are some essential items I think you should consider bringing in your carry-on.
Usually a carry-on bag is a small suitcase or small duffel. It is always a good idea to have an extra outfit and some of your toiletries in your carry-on bag. It is a great precaution because you never know if you will get separated from your checked bag. You also never know, you may need something out of the bag that you couldn’t fit in your personal item.
Most airlines charge for bags, so check your airline carrier’s website. Also check their website for size and weight restrictions so you aren’t charged more for a bag that is too big or too heavy. Be mindful of the liquids you pack. No liquids and creams over 3 oz can go through TSA . They will either ask you to check the bag or throw it in the garbage.
Many airplanes are equipped with wi-fi, but if you want to use it you will have to purchase it. If you plan to keep your phone on to listen to music, take pictures, or just because, keep it on airplane mode. It will help preserve your battery. Above your seat is a light, air, and a call button in case you need to signal a flight attendant.
Nadeen from The Sophisticated Life Tips
I have been flying since I was a baby but as an adult I have several tips for newbies.
Book non stop flights whenever possible. I love to travel, but dislike flying. Therefore, I will book nonstop flights to avoid several take offs and landings. Also, it can be very stressful making connecting flights in large airports or if any of your flights are delayed or even cancelled!
Dress warm or bring a sweater, socks or a blanket in your carry on bag. Airplanes are freezing!
Airport food & drinks may be costly, but will still be less than purchasing on most airlines. Many do not offer food for purchase anymore and some airlines like Spirit charge you just for water. If the flight is delayed and you are grounded or rerouted, airlines do not serve food or drink so you need to be prepared.
Wear airport-friendly shoes because, unless you are TSA PreCheck, you will have to remove your shoes (so spare yourself the mean looks from fellow travelers in line behind you).
Before you get on the plane, think about what best occupies you and keeps you calm. Download books, music, movies, or podcasts–on your iPad, not your phone or your battery will likely be dead by the time you reach your destination– before you get to the airport.
Samantha former Flight Attendant Tips
Have a snack so you aren’t starving throughout the check in process. Be conscious of the clothes you are wearing. It can make the process of gong through security easier and faster. Also be proactive and know a little about the departing airport and gate. This will keep you from running around the airport.