There is nothing worse than losing your luggage after a long flight. The last thing you want to do is spend more time at the airport and you don’t want your vacation to be ruined because you won’t have various items you need that you packed in the checked luggage.
You should do whatever you can to help prevent your luggage from being lost or unavailable for too long. Here are a few tips:
If possible, pack all of your electronics in your carry-on bag. Electronics can look suspicious during luggage inspections and delay the luggage from being placed on the airplane. If you do pack electronics in your checked luggage, place them all in a single quart-sized resealable bag so the inspector does not have to rummage through the luggage to inspect everything and delay the bag from reaching the airplane.
You should write out your itinerary including your final destination, your hotel and a phone number the airline can reach you out and place it on top of your clothing and other items in your luggage. This could help expedite the process of the luggage being delivered to you if it isn’t available at the airport after the flight.
#3. RIGHT ON TIME
Some travelers like to arrive at the airport very early before a flight and complete their check-in and the TSA security checkpoints to relax before boarding the airplane. The problem here is that you do not want to check your bag too long before the flight. The longer a piece of luggage sits around, the greater the chance it gets lost or forgotten. I recommend you do not check your luggage any earlier than 90 minutes before the flight.
Of course, the best way to avoid losing luggage is to only pack carry-on bags. If it is at all possible to avoid checking baggage, I recommend it. Find carry-on policies here.
Air travel doesn’t have to be 100% comfortable. You can make your flight and time at the airport more comfortable if you wear the right clothing.
You want a mix of style and comfort when you travel with a slight edge toward comfort. You can always change into something more stylish when you reach your destination.
Here are tips for what to wear on an airplane:
Layers: I recommend you wear layers on an airplane regardless of the season. You should bring a sweatshirt or lightweight jacket even if you are traveling from a warmer location or it is the summertime. You can remove the layer if the airplane is too warm. This also allows more room in your carry-on luggage for items you won’t need on the plane.
Fabric: You should choose lightweight fabrics for air travel. This includes linen and cotton. You want the clothing to be breathable and allow air and moisture to pass through it. In 2017, workout-wear has become a popular choice for air travel due to its moisture-wicking technology. You will see several travelers in athletic jumpsuits and pants and shorts.
Tennis Shoes: Leave your high heels in your checked baggage or carry-on and opt for comfortable shoes with a flat bottom. The best choice is sneakers and tennis shoes and they will match athletic wear should you choose to wear workout clothes on the airplane.
Pockets: Wear clothing that has a lot of pockets. You will want fast access to headphones, chewing gum, IDs and other necessities for travel and having pockets means you won’t need to rummage through your purse or carry-on luggage to find what you need.
Loose: You want the clothing you wear on an airplane to be loose and comfortable. You do not want the fabric to be tight on your skin during travel. This will be very uncomfortable over the course of a long flight.
I recommend packing a stylish top or bottom in your carry-on to change into in the bathroom of the airport of your destination. You should have your travel liquids and cosmetics in the carry-on too. This means you can start your trip in style but you will be comfortable on your way there.
There are four ways an airline will allow your pet to travel:
Smaller pets are allowed to travel in the cabin for some airlines if you place your pet in an airline compliant carry-on carrier. You will need to place the carrier under the seat in front of you and the carrier will count as one piece of carry-on luggage for you.
This is my favorite option if the airline allows it but it is only applicable for smaller pets.
If the airline won’t allow pets in the cabin or if your pet is too large for the cabin, you will need to put your pet in a carrier and check your pet. Your pet will then travel in the cargo bay of the airplane. This is 100% safe for your pet but it might scare your pet to be alone in the cargo bay for several hours.
If you are not traveling but your pet is, you will need to register your pet and the carrier as manifest cargo. Your pet will not be allowed to travel in the cabin and will need to travel as cargo for the duration of the flight.
If you suffer from a condition that requires you to have a service animal by your side at all times, most airlines will accommodate this need. Your service pet will be allowed to travel in the cabin with you and your pet will not count towards your carry-on items either.
I recommend you research each airline and call their customer service for information on their policies for traveling with pets. You might have to pay more for your airline travel to find an airline that accommodates your pet best but it might be worth it to you in order to comfortably bring your pet along for the journey.
Learn air travel policies and airplane rules for liquids here.