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Relaxing during travel takes organization. You’ll need a plan for having IDs accessible for airport check-in, as well as plans for ways to optimize the comfort of yourself, your family and pets.
And don’t forget packing.
To ensure everyone has a great trip, try these five tips:
One of my biggest stressors when traveling is trying to find my passport, credit card and boarding pass when in the security line. Make sure you keep everything in the same pocket in your purse or jacket.
Checked luggage is faster to retrieve than it used to be. If you don’t want the hassle of removing liquids, etc., checked bag fees are but $30 might be the right price for your sanity on a particular trip. Certain credit cards also offer. You also won’t have the hassle of dragging luggage around the airport and to your connecting flight.
It’s the same for kids and dogs: Not having their favorite toy or treat with you can greatly impact their and your enjoyment on the flight. Not to mention that of all the passengers. Pack enough snacks and entertainment to make sure everyone in your traveling group is happy.
Avoid buying a blow-up pillow at the airport unless you’ve used one before. They can be quite uncomfortable to some. An alternative is a gel or memory foam wrist rest you would use with an office keyboard. They also don’t take up much luggage space. Pack travel-size toothpaste, face wash and lotion to help you feel refreshed when you land.
While many planes now have electrical power outlets, not all do. Charge electronics before you fly. Many airlines offer entertainment apps for free podcasts, movies and TV shows while flying. Download the apps while on the ground to avoid possible in-plane fees for the download time.
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