Updated: Apr 8, 2019
First time flyer? Got a few questions? Read on for our tips for first time flyers, which we hope will help make your first flight a breeze.
1. Set your suitcase apart from the rest – Black is a very popular color in suitcases. To cut down on time hunting for your bag, grab some fabric paint and put something big enough to see at a distance, or buy a bag in an unique color/pattern.
2. Be ready for TSA checks – Keep any necessary documents (passport, tickets, etc.) in an easily accessible place. You may be required to take it out more than once. Also prepare to empty your pockets, remove your shoes, and remove personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone from your carry-on bag.
3. Notify your bank before vacation – Banks do whatever they can to protect your identity from theft. If they spot transactions from an unfamiliar location, they may assume that your card was stolen and shut it off.
4. Bring Gum – During flights, passengers may experience popping or painful ear pressure. To relieve pressure, it’s suggested that you yawn or swallow frequently. These actions relax the Eustachian Tube and allows for air pressure to equalize inside and outside the ear.
5. Wear comfy clothes - When flying, you’ll be sitting in one place for an extended period, so it’s important to be as comfortable as you possibly be. Its also important to remember that the temperature on-board on the chilly side, so dress dressing in layers.
6. Keep hydrated – The pressurized air in the cabin combine with the altitude can cause your skin to look dull and dry. Bring an empty reusable bottle that can be refilled
as well as lip balm and moisturizer.
7. Pack essentials in carry-on – If heaven forbid, you lose your luggage. You’ll have a backup plan. If packed properly, a carry on can hold a week’s worth of clothing, essential medications and toiletries.
8. Keep yourself entertained – Staying entertain on a long flight can be difficult so bring something to kill time. Bring a book, listen to a podcast, listen to music, watch a show or movie, or get some work done.
9. Bring snacks – While you can’t bring water on most flights, you can still bring snacks. Most foods are allowed as long as they are sealed or in a container. Be sure to check out the official TSA website if you have any questions about the specific foods you plan to travel with during your trip.
10. Make yourself comfortable – Bring a neck pillow to protect your neck from straining while you sleep, a compact blanket that wouldn’t take too much space in your carry-on, and noise cancelling headphones to block the noises of the plane.