Top 10 Tips for Airline Travel

I first got on an airplane when I was a year old. Since then I’ve gotten on many flights to many destinations, and over my 30+ years of travel, I’ve accumulated some pretty handy tips for airline travel. I thought I’d take a few minutes to share them with you for your next trip!

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1. Try and travel with just a carry on and personal item, especially if you have a connecting flight. This will reduce the chance of your bags not traveling with you in the case of delayed flights and tight connections.

2. Always, always travel in shoes that you can run in. See aforementioned delayed flights and tight connections. Also, if you’re planning to do a lot of sight seeing, sneakers are your friend, and considering they come in so many cute options these days, you will not be forsaking style for comfort.

3. If you must check luggage, make sure you don’t put all your clothes in one checked bag. Meaning, if you’re traveling with a spouse or partner or roommate, split your belongings evenly between your checked bag and his/her checked bag. This way if one bag is lost, you will still have clothes.

4. Things you should definitely have in your carry on: basic toiletries, 2 pairs of underwear, a bathing suit, sleeping clothes, and an entire change of clothing. If you are someone who has to wear makeup, take the VERY BASICS in your carry on. Again, if your bags don’t make it, you won’t have be completely without options. My favorite travel pillow is this one – a must have on long-haul flights.

5. Always carry your jewelry and any essential medication in your carry on. Do. not. check. these.

6. Carry your international adapter and your phone charger in your carry on. This international adapter is my favorite because it also has USB slots to charge multiple devices at once.

7. Get a 6 foot USB charging cable. Your outlet may not be right by your bed, especially if you’re in an Airbnb in Europe, and a long charging cable will allow you use your device while you lay in bed. My favorites are the Amazon Basics cables – they are way less expensive than the Apple cables and work just as well.

8. Take a picture of the first page of your passport and save it on your phone. If you’re in Europe, you are eligible for a VAT tax refund, but you need to show your passport to the retailer to get it. Now, everyone knows it is not a good idea to carry your passport around (leave it locked in your hotel safe), but a picture of if will do for the VAT form.

9. Minimize your wallet. Take no more than 3 cards total (debit and credit) and leave everything else at home! You definitely don’t need all your grocery loyalty card!

10. Layer up on the plane (scarf, cardigan, long sleeves over a tank top etc) – it will keep you warm, and you can always shed layers when you get to your destination. Also, see (1) and (2) – if your checked bags are delayed, it’s just more clothing that you don’t have to buy when you arrive!

Bon voyage!!

Bonus: If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, don’t waste time applying for TSA Pre Check. Instead, for an extra $15 ($100 total fee) apply for Global Entry, which fast passes you through immigration at most major U.S. airports and includes TSA Pre with it!! Learn more about Global Entry here

Disclosure: This post original approved on the Bombay Taxi Boutique blog in February 2018 and at in April 2018

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Shibani Faehnle

Shibani is a banker by day, and an entrepreneur, lifestyle blogger, spin instructor, wife, and mom to three rescue pups by night. She started her online jewelry boutique in 2015. She has a weakness for ice cream, loud pop music, 90s hip hop, and texting in ALL CAPS. She secretly wants Andy Cohen and Bravo to hire her to be on Real Housewives of Cleveland.

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