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Tips for Traveling Efficiently by Plane

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Traveling may be less popular right now with the world recomposing following the pandemic, but as soon as things return to normal, make sure you’re ready.

While traveling is exciting, it’s also quite tedious. You have to follow a lot of rules and expectations when traveling via air. The more prepared you are to expedite the process of navigation from the curb of departures to the curb of the terminal you’ve arrived at, the better. Here are a few tips for traveling efficiently by plane to make your trips as relaxing as possible.

Suitcase or luggage on conveyor belt in the airport
Suitcase or luggage on conveyor belt in the airport

The Suitcase

The right suitcase will make all the difference. Before flying, investigate the airline’s largest carry-on bag allowed. Newer suitcases with four 360-degree wheels minimize the amount of exertion required to get around.

Additionally, opting to bring just a carry-on means it won’t leave your possession, it’s impossible to lose, and you don’t have to spend time at baggage claim after your flight. Consider investing in a smaller laptop bag, too, where you can keep your electronics at the ready.

The Shoes

Knowing how to choose comfortable shoes for traveling is essential. Some people like to dress up when they fly; if you’re looking for efficiency, though, consider relaxing on your dress code. Shoes that you choose for flying should be easy to get on and off to get through the security line swiftly.

They should offer comfort and support as you trek from terminal to terminal, which is common with connecting flights. Moreover, choose a shoe that looks nice, has good ventilation, is water resistant, and can be worn for extended periods of time comfortably. 

The Pants

There are things that you’ll want to access quickly, such as a boarding pass, your passport or ID, money or a debit card, and your mobile phone. You often need these things to get through security and board the plane. Wearing pants with pockets allows you to keep these items close. Even some yoga pants offer pocket options. The only time you’ll have to unload these things is to get through security, so having each of these items at the ready the rest of the time is very useful.

Airport security check
Airport security check

The Security Line

Now that you have your important items accounted for and your shoe situation worked out, you must choose your security line carefully. Avoid getting behind families, individuals covered in jewelry, people wearing shoes that look difficult to remove, or anyone who looks very confused.

All of these people will hold you up unnecessarily. You want to get on the other side of this line as soon as possible, so you can relax at your gate or grab a beverage and snack. Having your electronics nearby makes it easy to take them out and re-bag them just as quickly.

With careful planning, the proper attire, and these tips for traveling efficiently by plane, you should get from departures to your gate swiftly. When you land, as previously stated, you won’t need to wait at baggage claim—so, you can be on your way the moment you deplane. Relaxed, reliable, and carefully chosen clothing will reward you on your travels and keep you comfortable until you reach your destination.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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