5 Vital Tips Every First-Time Flyer Should Hold On To

February 29, 2024

The reality of being in the air for the first time, or boarding a plane after a long time, can be an exhilarating and transformative experience.

However, some events, such as websites going down or loading problems, make flying for the first time stressful. For example, the recent event with the British Airways website going down during the height of the Isha storm. – writes Travelwise.

It’s difficult to express confidence when you have expectations during airport security procedures or the costs of checking a bag. There’s nothing more empowering when traveling than approaching the gate as a well-informed traveler.

All these beg the question, how can you handle it? Well, look no further, we’re here to help you go over vital ideas to increase your confidence and make your trip less stressful and easier.

1.   Go over the airline’s luggage rules

It’s easy to overpack, but it could have negative effects. Check the website of your airline before your trip to learn about baggage costs, weight and size limitations, and other details.

You could find yourself paying to have your carry-on bag checked if it is too large. Similarly, you can be charged more than normal to check luggage if it exceeds a specific size. If at all achievable, steer clear of these unexpected events.

Remember that you might completely avoid paying baggage fees if you pack lightly. Additionally, there may be no cost for checked baggage if you have an airline credit card.

2.   Never forget essentials

Take anything that would be difficult to get back in your carry-on bag, such as prescription medication, eyeglasses, contacts, or critical documents. This way, in the unlikely event that your checked luggage disappears, you won’t lack that thing.

In addition, you should bring along a form of entertainment for the journey, including a book or journal, headphones, and a laptop. Just be sure that you are adhering to the TSA’s guidelines on permitted items.

3.   Give yourself a two-hour arrival head start at the airport

It takes significantly longer to get a plane than it does a bus. That’s why the TSA advises domestic travelers to arrive at least two hours ahead of takeoff and three hours if they’re traveling to another country.

At the end of the day, you want to ensure that you have ample time prior to your plane boards to acquire your boarding card, go through your bags and then security. That often takes ten minutes. Sometimes, particularly during rush hour, it may take significantly longer.

4.   Hold your ID close

From the moment you enter the airport, conserve time by arriving with your passport, ID card, or driver’s license ready. You don’t want to waste the time needed for luggage checking and security clearance by rummaging through your wallet for these essentials.

5.   Invest in comfortable footwear

The most challenging part of flying may be dealing with airport security, but if you know what to anticipate, the entire ordeal might seem far less difficult. The procedure can go more quickly if you prepare for it, for example by packing shoes that are simple to slide on and off and ensuring your carry-on is consistent with TSA regulations.

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