Whether it’s lounging on the beach, going on an excursion, or spending a day sightseeing, vacationing is pure fun! But, actually, getting to your destination? Not so enjoyable. We know you’ve put a great deal of time, effort, and money into planning your dream vacation. So, it’s time to learn how to make traveling easier and actually enjoy the journey to your destination.
1. Make a packing list
Making a packing list is one of the simplest ways to make travel easier for yourself. We recommend starting to compile your packing list about a week before you depart for your trip. This will give you plenty of time to add all the essentials and purchase anything you need for your vacation. And with a week until you leave, you’ll be surprised how many items you remember you’ll need!
2. Pack smart
Packing strategically is important to maximize your suitcase space. But, it’s especially important if you’re traveling with a personal bag or carry-on. Pack items you’ll need, like a cell phone or boarding pass, in easy-to-reach pockets. Not only will it make travel easier, but it will keep you from being “that guy” holding up the line.
Watch this video to get more tips on smart packing:
3. Check-in in advance
Those crazy long lines at check-in? Avoid them entirely when you check-in for your flight in advance. Major airlines have made it incredibly easy to check in about 24 hours before your flight departs. Be on the lookout for a check-in email or download your airline’s app to complete check-in there, too. Check out these advantages of early check-in.
4. Pay extra for seats
We understand the pain of paying $20+ for assigned seats. It’s certainly not where you want your money to go. But, if you’re traveling with family or desperately want a window seat, don’t test your luck. Go ahead and pay the few extra bucks and arrive at the airport with peace of mind knowing you won’t be stuck in the middle seat.
5. Fly direct
Whether it’s 45 minutes or three hours, layovers are just one more obstacle between you and your vacation. Keep in mind flying direct may not be possible on all routes. But, we recommend avoiding those connecting flights whenever you can. In the case you have no choice, these are great tips for surviving long layovers.
6. Ship ahead
Carrying, checking, and claiming baggage at the airport is one of the most stressful parts of airline travel. Oh, and don’t forget about the tiny overhead bins or the potential for lost baggage! One of the best ways to make travel easier is to ship your bags ahead.
ShipGo is the industry leader in luggage shipping and allows you and your family to travel with the comfort of knowing your luggage is already at your destination. It also makes traveling more affordable because you won’t have to spend hundreds on airline baggage fees.
The service can also ship sporting equipment like golf clubs, skis, and more. Have your luggage picked up directly from your home, office, or hotel and delivered to 180 countries and territories around the world safely and on time, guaranteed.
7. Give yourself time
You never how long TSA will take. You never know how far away your gate is. You never what bumps in the road might occur along the way. Needless to say, give yourself time at the airport by arriving early. Waiting an extra hour before your flight is far easier than re-coordinating your trip after a missed flight.
8. Dress airport appropriate
Dressing for the airport is one of the most painless ways to make travel easier. To move quickly through TSA, wear comfortable slip-on shoes and pants that don’t require a belt. Airplanes tend to be chilly, too, so be sure to bring a light jacket with you just in case.
Here’s a great clip on what NOT to wear at the Airport:
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