5 Tips To Fly & Travel With Ease

I feel like I’ve been traveling a lot recently, so I thought it would be a great idea to share some of my traveling tips with you that I’ve picked up along the way.

Invest In A Handheld Luggage Scale.  If you’re anything like me and like to OVERPACK {ugh, it’s a problem} then this is a must.  You will save yourself a lot of money from paying the “heavy bag” charges and/or from carrying a ton of stuff that you had to take out of your bag around the airport.  It’s a small price to pay for piece of mind and it might just help you narrow your wardrobe down…just a tidge.

Sign up for TSA PreCheck.  If you travel a decent amount…even just a few times a year…this is totally worth it.  It’s pretty simple to sign up and you get to bypass the huge lines that accumulate quite often at the regular security checkpoints. Bonus : you get to leave your shoes, jacket, belt, etc on and you don’t have to take out your laptop or liquids either.  Basically it just makes the whole “security checkpoint” experience MUCH less of a hassle.   Here’s more info if your interested in signing up. : “The application process now allows for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to go through a pre-enrollment process online at TSA.gov, then visit an application center to provide information such as name, date of birth, address, fingerprints, payment and proof of citizenship or immigration status.”

Set yourself up for comfort BEFORE you board the plane. This one is VERY important even though my husband always teases me about it.  Before I board the plane, these are my non-negotiables…1. use the restroom {I hate going on the airplane!} 2. buy an US Weekly or Star magazine {gotta catch up on the latest celeb gossip} 3. buy a water {it’s a MUST to stay hydrated while traveling} 4. buy a snack {no one wants to sit next to a #hangry traveler}

Find yourself a good book.  Don’t get me wrong, I love when my plane actually has tv’s on the back of every chair, but that’s not always the case.  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to read.  If I’m not already reading a good book, I always make sure to pick one up before my trip.  It makes time go by really fast when you can dive into a really good story..I personally love a good suspense novel while traveling.  My routine is to read my celebrity gossip magazine while waiting to actually take off and then once in the air it’s time to open my book.  It’s the perfect setup.

Invest in Noise Cancelling Headphones.  Now this tip can be a bigger investment depending on what kind you purchase, but they are totally worth it.  Have you ever sat next to a baby or toddler that screams the entire way?  Exactly.  These are a godsend in that instance…trust me.  I have kids of my own, so I totally get it, BUT I don’t like to hear my own kids screaming…let alone someone else’s.  As a mom, I appreciate when my neighbors have these on because I don’t feel as on edge about every little noise my kids make.  Plus you can use them for a TON of other things beside flying…like your workouts for example.

That’s all I’ve got folks.  I hope these tips help to make your life a little better and a little more comfortable while flying.  It can be rough if you’re not set up right, that’s for sure!

Are you traveling anywhere soon?  Next in the books for me is Chicago, Il for The Barre Code’s annual owner’s conference.  Let me know if you have any awesome traveler’s tips…I’d LOVE to know.

XOXO – Sara

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