With queues getting longer at check-in and airport security wait times becoming more and more unpredictable, the two-hour buffer you’ve always been used to doesn’t quite cut it anymore.
Most of the time, you only have a few minutes to spare to grab a quick bite, get some reading material or make a quick stop at the toilet.
Every minute you can save by planning smart can make your next trip to the airport a lot more pleasant. To help get you out of the house to your plane as quickly and efficiently as possible, here are simple travel hacks you can follow.
Sign up for pre-screening
If you’re a frequent flyer, you should consider signing up for a trusted traveller program. Once you become a member, you can swiftly pass through security without the hassle of taking off your shoes, belt or whatever items you are carrying because you have already undergone the pre-screening process.
Determine your parking options.
If you are driving yourself to the airport, knowing ahead of time where to park will save you a lot of time and spare yourself from grief. Keep in mind that during peak travel periods, parking spaces can quickly fill up. So, make sure you pre-book your airport parking space as soon as you can.
While parking at the airport usually comes to mind at first, you should also consider companies that offer off-site airport parking spaces. So, you can easily save money as they often give deep discounts, especially if you book in advance.
Off-site parking may be a bit farther, but more and more people who travel frequently have found it to be a more pleasant experience. Just remember to allow yourself a little more time.
Aside from saving time and money, you can also enjoy some great perks like someone carrying your luggage for you or a shuttle service to get you to the terminal, as well as pick you up when you return.
If you’re concerned about your vehicle’s security, these off-site parking spaces have 24-hour surveillance, so you don’t have to worry about your car getting broken into or stolen.
You can even have it washed and cleaned before you leave or when you come back from an extended holiday.
Keep important items within reach
Put your passport, money, credit card, and boarding pass in an easily accessible place like your wallet. Other items like your mobile devices could be placed in your carry-on bag.
Having your essential documents prepared before getting in the queue to check in will make everyone happy, including the airline agents, as well as your fellow travellers, as they will not have to wait while you fumble around to find them.
Check your bag’s weight
If you feel like your bag might be overweight, weigh it before getting in the queue. Many airports provide scales in front of their check-in areas. You can even buy an inexpensive luggage scale and weigh your bag at home.
If your bag is deemed overweight at the check-in, wear more of your clothes, like your sweatshirt, jacket, whatever you’re bringing with you. Also, small items can be easily tucked away in your jacket’s pockets.
Bring some handy items
Use an empty bottle and put it in your carry-on. When you get thirsty, you can simply fill it up with water at the water fountain. Stash a couple of Ziploc bags for your snacks and such. Also, don’t forget your power bank to charge up your mobile devices easily.
We’d love to hear from you. How often do you travel? What’s the most efficient travel hack that always worked for you? How was your experience? Which airport parking option works best for you? Let us know in the comments.
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