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5 TIPS to travel like a PRO

TIP#1 Review your itinerary before you come to the airport
KEEP a copy of it in your email, or cell phone, and print it if you have to. It's important to keep contact information handy. Save the airline's customer service number, your hotel reservation details, and any other relevant phone numbers on your phone or on a piece of paper. Having these details readily available can be helpful in case of flight changes, delays, or other unforeseen circumstances.

TIP#2 Arrive at the airport with ample time to spare
It's always better to be early than to rush through security and risk missing your flight. Plan to arrive at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights to allow for check-in, security procedures, and potential delays. Familiarize yourself with the airport layout in advance. Larger airports can be complex to navigate, so take some time to study the terminal maps or use online resources to understand the layout. This will help you find your check-in counter, departure gate, and other essential facilities more easily, saving you valuable time and reducing stress.

TIP#3 Use the modern tools provided by the 21st century
The airline app, airport monitors, and my favorite is a Google search for the most up-to-date info. Why should you use Google search for airline information? When you enter the airline and flight number in the Google search bar and click search, the information appears instantaneously without any delay. There's no need to go through cumbersome airline apps that prompt you to confirm your membership or guest status, wasting more time with unnecessary questions before accessing the essential details. In my opinion, Google search is the most efficient way to obtain the information you need.

TIP#4 Pack according to what you really need to bring with you
Pack your personal item/carry-on bag strategically. Include essential items such as travel documents, medication, a change of clothes, and any valuables. Keep in mind the airline's restrictions on liquids and gels, and pack them in a clear, resealable bag for convenient security screening. Additionally, consider including entertainment options like books, magazines, or electronic devices to keep yourself occupied during the flight.

** You can be charged for additional bags beyond your carry-on depending on the aircraft carrier, how many bags, and the weight.

NOTE:  On small regional aircraft such as the ERJ-145 or CRJ-200 your regular-size roller board will not be able to fit in the cabin and they will have the gate valet check it. This means they'll put a color tag with a barcode on it and they will put it in the cargo bin, when you make it to your destination you will retrieve that valet bag in the jet bridge or outside of the plane ground personnel will you bring it to you in front of the aircraft to reach you before you go inside the terminal. You mustn't have lithium batteries inside those bags, keys, or medication. Those three items must come into the cabin with you, so just take them out of your roller board carry-on or keep those items in your personal belongings such as a backpack, purse, tote, or a small briefcase.

TIP#5 Keep important contact information handy
Save the airline's customer service number, your hotel reservation details, and any other relevant phone numbers on your phone or on a piece of paper. Having these details readily available can be helpful in case of flight changes, delays, or other unforeseen circumstances.  Remain calm and patient throughout your travel experience. Airports can be bustling and sometimes unpredictable. Instead of letting stress or frustration get the better of you, practice patience and maintain a positive attitude. Remember that travel hiccups are often part of the journey.

All snacks in the picture above were purchased at Dollar Tree

TIP#6 Bring your own snacks
 INFLATION is NO JOKE in 2023. Pay for the beverages after you go through security at the airport or wait to get a free one on the plane but never buy snacks at the airport if you can help it. My airline does not serve peanuts and they haven't served peanuts since the year 2001. They are a major pain in the butt regarding peanut allergies so we just no longer serve them. That's why you may see pretzels, Cheez-Its, corn nuts, and anything else that is not mixed or solely served as a nut of any kind. My airline and other majors do not prohibit other customers from bringing their own nuts on board the aircraft whether it be a peanut, almonds, walnuts or what have you. So if you want nuts either get them at the Hudson News which will be expensive or you can just stop on your way to your local Dollar Tree/Grocery store, 7-11/Wawa, and grab your peanuts/cashews or any other kind of snacks(chips, popcorn, candy) from there. All four that I just mentioned are way cheaper than purchasing snacks in the airport (plus you can take them through security, you just can't take full-size liquids through security because of the three-and-one rule). You can bring solid food through security, now I've seen comments where people have said that their airport doesn't allow it. Most airports in the United States will allow it through Homeland Security checkpoint screening. FYI, not all airports but most use Homeland Security a.k.a. TSA, there are a few in the United States that use a private security company for example Rochester International Airport. That security is not managed by TSA/online security it is a private company. Now with those private companies, there may be different rules.

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