A Frequent Traveler’s Survival Guide

Between work and fun, I find myself on a plane quite a lot. There have been times where I’ve frequented the airport at least once a month.

Traveling is simultaneously my favorite thing in the whole world and a huge hassle. I absolutely love seeing new places, meeting new people, and experiencing life in a different state or country for just a little while. The journey there? Well, I don’t love that so much.

Flying can be uncomfortable, stressful, and a little nerve wracking. But, being the seasoned pro I am, I’ve found a few ways to make it easier on me…and lucky for you, I’m willing to share them.

1. Find a good piece of luggage

My parents bought me two of the cutest and most functional pieces of luggage ever. What I love most about them, is that they have multi-directional wheels! I HIGHLY recommend this type of luggage; the wheels make it easier for you to roll your luggage freely…and if you’re running from baggage claim to the rental car desk, this will make your life 20 times easier.

My Luggage

This is one of my pieces of luggage – it is the Atlantic Infinity Lite 3 Expandable Spinner Luggage. I have both the medium and large sizes, and I am obsessed with the print! You can check it out here.

2. A Sturdy Luggage Tag

You wouldn’t want to lose your cute new luggage, now would you? The solution to that, is a durable luggage tag. These may seem pricey for something so small, but unlike the free paper tags you get at airport, you can be sure these will last you many journeys. It’s just a small price to pay to make sure your belongings return to you should you *God Forbid* ever lose them.

Luggage Tag

I adore my ‘Available for Weekends’ luggage tag from Ban.do.

3. A Trusty Hat

Stick with me on this one. Your flight is at 7 am, you need to be at the airport for 5 am, and out the door by 4. Do you REALLY want to focus on making sure you have the perfect Meghan Markle blowout for the airport? Didn’t think so. That’s with my hair in a wrap bun, dry shampoo the life out of it the next day, throw a cute hat on and call it a day.

Hat

 

I rely on this hat way more than I should sometimes. A quick sweep of natural eyeshadow and a few strokes of mascara helps me feel more put together too.

4. A Comfy Airport Outfit

I get it. You’re most likely going to take a ton of pictures when you get to your destination, and you want to look camera ready…however, that sundress paired with wedges isn’t the most practical choice. Stick with something that won’t poke you, annoy you, or be all over the person next to you on your flight, that still manages to make you feel cute.

Airport OOTD

This was my OOTD when I flew from Newark to LAX…an almost 6 hour flight. This shirt dress from Primark was comfy and cute. Since it was 38 degrees when I left NJ and 71 when I got to California, I paired it with a leather jacket that I removed when I landed, and swapped slip on Converses for the flip flops you see in the picture above. I can’t find the exact dress, but here is something similar. And DON’T FORGET to pack a sweater for the plane…I always find myself freezing when flying.

5. A Passport/Document Holder

Though they may be small, they are mighty. A Passport/Document Holder allows me to keep all of my important info at hand (license, boarding pass, credit cards, cash), that way I don’t need to dig through my purse and further hold up the TSA/Check in Lines. If you need to hang on to receipts for travel expenses, these will come in handy for that as well.

 

This was a gift from my friend Nicole, but here’s a link to one like it!

6. TSA Precheck

Okay, so this one is a bit of an investment, but I cannot recommend TSA Precheck enough to someone who is a frequent traveler. It cuts down on your security wait time, and allows you to keep your shoes a light jacket and hat on, and some electronics in their bags while going through security. You will need to complete a background check, get fingerprinted, and pay a fee. But it is SO WORTH IT!

That’s all for now. What are some of your travel tips? Let me know by commenting below.

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