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Relaxation Begins at the Airport

Your vacation should start the moment you leave your house. The way you travel can either start your vacation off wonderfully, or put a serious damper on your whole trip. Ever feel like flying is a hassle and the vacation doesn’t start until you’ve arrived at the hotel? If so, then read on for a few tips on how to make your travel as stress-free as possible.

1. Weigh Your Bags

If checking bags, weigh them at home first, that way there’s no surprise when you get to the check-in counter. No one likes to be the person frantically rearranging their unmentionables in front of a line of angry, tired travelers (most of whom are probably on your flight). A great investment for a traveler is an at-home luggage scale, most of which are light and portable. Try for plenty of luggage scale options.

2. Pack Smart

This one may seem a bit obvious, but some people don’t know that what and how much they choose to put in their carry-on can have a huge impact on their day of travel. A frequent flier myself, I always recommend having a change of clothes in your carry-on, complete with undergarments and shoes. This way, if the airline misplaces your luggage, you’re not stuck in the same outfit and you’ll have fresh clothes to shop in. In addition to an extra outfit, it’s always a good idea to have the TSA approved liquid carriers for toiletries (shampoo, lotions, soap, etc.). Often the advertised brand bottles are a little over the 3 ounce limit and TSA throws them away at security. One last tip for carry-ons – pack your electronics LAST so they end up on top of everything in your suitcase. You have to remove them at security and it saves time and stress to be able to simply pull them out and put them away efficiently and easily.

3.  Mix It Up 

This is another hack to be sure you aren’t totally messed up if the airline loses your luggage. If you’re traveling with another person, say a friend, spouse, relative, etc., then each person should pack stuff in both (or more) bags. For example, when I travel with my husband, I put some of my things in his bag and he puts some of his things in my bag. This ensures that if one bag is lost, we both have at least some of our clothes, shoes, make up, toiletries and the like.

4. Be Pleasant

I’m sure this one seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised. No matter what happens throughout your travels, do your best to remain upbeat. As someone who’s been on both sides of a customer service counter, if the person you need help from likes you, they are much more likely to go above and beyond to make your day better. The same goes for if they find you rude or difficult – they will be much LESS likely to do anything not required to help you out. Plus, staying positive on the outside literally changes the chemical balance in your brain and makes you happier on the inside. It’s a win-win!