5 Travel Tips for Flying

It’s summer, the season for traveling and vacations!

I am super excited for this summer and the next already, because I have two amazing vacations planned. This August I’m flying to the beautiful, relaxing sands of Honolulu, Hawaii, and in June ‘19, I’m going to spend a week in Tuscany! I feel like such a lucky gal.

If you’re flying somewhere this summer, you might be looking for some travel tips to make long layovers and cramped flights go a bit more smoothly. Here are 5 of my best tips:

Pack your own entertainment and snacks from home

While you’re limited on bringing in beverages to the airport, you can bring your own snacks, magazines, and books from home. We all know reading material and food can cost a pretty penny once you get into a terminal, so pack a bag before you leave home and save money.

Put your jewelry in a baggie before going through security and try to wear slip-on shoes

Realizing you have to take off all your jewery before going through security can be a hassle, so avoid it and save time by putting all of it in a bag that you can unpack later. Wearing slip-on shoes can make going through the line faster for you.

If you have a long layover, make use of your surroundings

Instead of sitting at the gate browsing on your phone for hours, I suggest walking around the terminal, exploring the shops, or popping a squat at a restaurant near your gate. One of the best times I ever had at an airport was during a 4-hour layover when I holed up at a TGI Friday’s right across from my gate. I could have a snack and down a drink or two, all while keeping an eye on my gate.

If you’re going on a long flight, always take the aisle seat.

Firstly, you won’t ever have to feel bad for getting up to use the bathroom. Secondly, you’ll have more room to stretch out your legs once they start to ache. Thirdly, you’ll get off the plane faster. Window seats are better only if you really need to see the view or if you like to lean against the plane for sleeping.

Bring earplugs, not just headphones.

Headphones are great for music but not so great for when you all you want to do is sleep but you can’t drown out the baby screaming behind you. Bringing earplugs can help you sleep on long flights and drown out background noise that keeps you from resting.

Got any travel tips to share? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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24 Comments

  1. June 16, 2018 / 9:32 am

    These are some great tips 😊 Enjoy your holidays, they sound like they’re going to be amazing, I’m envious haha

    • Cailin
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 11:31 am

      Aw thanks! I work full time so I look forward to my vacation days so much haha

  2. June 16, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    Awesome tip about bringing earplugs! I always have my headphones in, even when nothing is playing through them. I do so much travel and from now on, earplugs it is 😁

    • Cailin
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      Yes! I always used to just keep my headphones on but ear plugs work so much better 🙂

  3. June 16, 2018 / 11:41 pm

    Taking the aisle seat on long flights – totally agree. I’ve traveled almost 20 hours from the Philippines to the US and I always make sure I got an aisle seat. It’s just easier to move around esp. if you need to go to the lavatory.

    • Cailin
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 10:23 am

      Yup, smart move!

  4. June 17, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    Really good tips! I absolutely hate flying so I just try and sleep when I’m on the plane, so I don’t have to be awake for the journey ha x

    • Cailin
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 5:04 pm

      That is a solid strategy. haha

  5. June 17, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    Aisle seat and earplugs are a must!! Great tips hope you enjoy your holidays

    • Cailin
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 5:06 pm

      Thank you!

  6. Cait
    June 17, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    Some great tips here! I especially agree with taking an aisle seat. Last time I had a long haul flight (over 11 hours!) I stupidly booked a window seat because I wanted to see the view. The people next to me coughed over my inflight meals while handing them over to me, and they were usually asleep when I wanted to go to the bathroom, which meant I had to keep waking them up. I didn’t even get a good view from the window, because we travelled at night. Next time, I’ll definitely be booking a seat in the aisle instead.

    Cait | naturalcait.com

    • Cailin
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 5:07 pm

      Ugh, that sounds awful. I used to be a window person too but the view, to me, isn’t worth all the hassle. I hope your next flight goes better!

  7. kevinsgirl
    June 17, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    Those are great tips! I recommend an inflatable travel pillow that lets you lie forward on the seat tray. So much more comfortable than the kind where you lean back.

    Have a wonderful time in Hawaii! I hope you get to see the active volcano!

    • Cailin
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      I’ll keep that tip in mind! And I’ll be on Oahu which doesn’t have an active volcano on it so I’ll be safe 🙂

  8. June 18, 2018 / 12:13 am

    Great tips girl! I haven’t actually flown as an adult yet, and I feel as if I’d feel so out of place because I wouldn’t know the first thing about flying, or airports! The jewelry in a baggie is genius (I’d get so annoyed taking them on and and off) and defantly packing books and snacks is a great idea! Great post!

    • Cailin
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 11:21 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  9. June 18, 2018 / 12:21 am

    Great tips girl! I haven’t actually flown as an adult, so I wouldn’t know anything about flying or airport rules. These are great tips especially keeping your jewelry in a baggie! Thanks for sharing!

  10. June 18, 2018 / 5:50 am

    My struggle is I hate flying. I like to have the window seat to lean but I also get swollen legs so I drink tons of water…. which means I need to pee and get out the aisle so much!

    • Cailin
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 11:22 am

      Same here! I always have to go to the bathroom like three times during a flight so I’ve learned to always take the aisle seat.

  11. June 20, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    I’m going on a couple of long-haul trips next year so these tips will deffo come in handy – I never bring earplugs but they’re probably something worth having, never know who you’re gonna end up next to aha! x

    G

    http://www.teawithgi.com

    • Cailin
      Author
      June 20, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      So true! I once ended up next to a toddler who kept throwing her toy at my feet so I had to pick it up. The mother did not care a whit haha

  12. Aleeha and Lucy - HALE
    June 24, 2018 / 6:24 am

    I always prefer aisle seats – yes because it means you can get up easily, but also i can feel quite claustrophobic so I feel quite trapped sitting next to a window for 8 hours.
    Aleeha xXx
    https://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

  13. June 24, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    Great tips, I’m a very nervous flier so I need to make sure I have as much organised and in control as possible to ease it some bit

  14. June 27, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    Ugh I love this. I’m the queen of layovers (and that’s NOT a good thing)!

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