Frequent Traveler Advice on Clever Air Travel TipsTo bring you the most effective tips, I’ve asked my friend Tom Nichols to offer some additional insight.
- Enroll in TSA Pre-Check. The program is gives pre-screen fliers a chance to bypass the regular security line and avoid long waits. It is offered by US Customers and Border Protection. You can receive discounted or even free TSA memberships for up to five years each time using various reward programs and business credit cards. Tom highly recommends this if you travel often. For people who don’t travel that often, an easy way to avoid long lines is travel during off times.
- Purchase an efficient carry-on bag. I encourage any short-trip traveler to avoid checking luggage, especially during a quick trip! In the US, that means avoid paying baggage fees. Many airlines, such as JetBlue, American and United also allow you to bring a small personal bag, so make the most of that additional space too by using a backpack or tote.
- Pack a filtered, reusable water bottle. Pretty self-explanatory but you can save hundreds of dollars on bottled water by packing a reusable water bottle. I use a Brita reusable water bottle from Target, or you can use a LifeStraw portable filter.
- Bring a spare battery for your technology, just don’t forget to charge it!
- Bring headphones, just make sure they are compatible. You don’t want to spend more money on headphones you already have!
- Utilize cellphone apps to keep your travel organized. Some airlines even recommend it! It keeps you organized and you don’t have to worry about losing the paper ticket when you have one digitally.
- Bring the entertainment or check ahead of time if your flight has in-flight entertainment. You’ll save yourself the agony of staring at the airplane magazine for hours.
- Drink plenty of water. A common health problem experienced by airplane passengers is dehydration due to the lack of humidity in the cabin air. This is where a reusable water bottle comes in handy!