|Maho Beach – St. Maarten|
I don’t know about you guys, but I have a major case of wanderlust. Although Miss Olivia Says is not necessarily a travel blog (more of a lifestyle blog whatever that means), I love to incorporate travel related posts now and again. Today’s post is all about traveling with ease. In the past, I have shared my traveling tips and tricks and a packing list for a weekend trip away. Although jet setting to a new and amazing destination is extremely exciting, it can also be stressful as well if you aren’t prepared. I used to get so anxious when I flew, not because I was nervous about flying, but because I worried about every possible thing that could go wrong. Below I have compiled a couple tips I have found helpful to travel with ease!
1. Breeze through security
It doesn’t matter if I have a ton of time to catch my flight or I am cutting it close (which is rare because I usually get to the airport two hours in advance), I find it helpful to be overly prepared for the security process. A tip that helps me breeze through the security line is to pack my boarding pass (if it isn’t on your phone) and my ID in the front of my backpack pocket so it is easily accessible when I get in line. And there is nothing wrong with being proactive and removing your laptop and taking your shoes off as you wait for an empty bin. That way you can plop your belongings on the belt and move along.
2. Pack your backpack or bag with the essentials
There is nothing worse than being that person when you’re boarding the plane rummaging through your belongings in the middle of the aisle holding up about fifty people. I suggest packing what you will need during the flight in your purse or backpack, (whatever carry-on you have under the seat in front of you). This seems like a no-brainer, but I see people scurrying to get stuff out of their suitcase every time I fly.
3. Use your phone as your boarding pass
Avoid check-in lines if all you need is a printed boarding pass by loading it on your phone. Most airlines these days have the option of an e-boarding pass. This not only saves paper, but if you have multiple connections you don’t have to worry about keeping track of all your boarding passes.
4. Wear a oversized cardigan that can double as a blanket
Airplanes can be so bipolar when it comes to temperature. Sometimes they are absolutely freezing and other times I am sweating profusely (icky). I tend to travel in layers so if I have to strip down to a tank top or bundle up with a flannel shirt I can. I definitely recommend bringing along an oversized cardigan because it will make your trip so much more comfortable if it is freezing. And for an added bonus, by wearing a larger piece of clothing, it saves room in your luggage!
5. Save money and eat healthy!
Airport food is not only super pricey, but most of the time pretty unhealthy. I recommend packing plenty of snacks like my favorites: granola bars, almonds, and popcorn! Don’t forget to hydrate by drinking a lot of water throughout your travels. If you bring a reusable water bottle, most airports have filter water machines for you to fill up at. Eating healthy and staying hydrated will make you feel 10x better a long day of traveling.
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you are in the mood for more travel-inspired posts, head over to my home girl Juliana’s website, Tourist to Local!