Airport Advice

Going to the airport tends to be one of the most overlooked stressors on any traveling experience. However, given how many things could potentially go wrong, I think that it’s one of the scariest. Especially if you aren’t used to navigating large airports. But fear not, for if we prepare ourselves ahead of time, trips to the airport can end up going very smoothly. I am flying alone for my first time to London this summer, and I have been preparing as much as possible the past couple of weeks. So, here are 7 preparation ideas that I have found to be super helpful for smooth airport traveling.

  1. Make a list of the things you will need to have easy access to.
    • Your passport, your flight information/tickets, your housing information to fill out a customs form, etc.
  2. Download the app for your airline.
    • This has saved me so much time when checking in. Plus, you can usually check in to your flight 24 hours before, double check that you have the correct luggage allowed with your ticket, and even sometimes even choose your seat.
  3. Don’t put things in your carry on that you can’t carry onto the airplane.
    • This seems like a no-brainer, but occasionally, I still get stuck in security for forgetting to empty my water bottle.
  4. Follow the signs.
    • These are everywhere in airports, and they will take you anywhere that you need to go.
  5. Bring an empty water bottle and some of your own snacks.
    • This one is just personal preference, but for me, it’s been a great money saver. Plus, I personally like my own snacks better than most airplane food.
  6. Bring headphones.
    • This one also falls under personal preference, but personally, this is a MUST for me. I think that it makes both the airport and the actual flight considerably more enjoyable.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
    • Airports can be overwhelming. If you ever feel lost or can’t figure something out, there are plenty of employees at every airport- don’t be afraid to ask them if you have a question.