As your first time flying can be intimidating, we have put together a list of 5 tips to help make your first flight as smooth as possible.
1. Get to the airport early!
One of the biggest mistakes first time flyers make is getting to the airport too late. With security, check-in, and boarding all taking longer than expected, it is best to arrive at the airport about two hours before your flight. If you are flying internationally, this time increases to about three hours before your flight.
2. Have a printed copy of your ticket and identification ready
Although most airlines allow you to check-in online, it is always smart to have a paper copy of your ticket with you at all times. If you are unable to use a kiosk or check-in online, you will need a paper copy of both your ticket and government issued identification card when checking in at the front desk. If you do not have either one of these documents with you, you will be unable to board your flight.
3. Go through security with enough time
Security is one of the longest parts of air travel and can be quite confusing for first time flyers. There are many different rules and regulations as far as what items can and cannot go through TSA screening
1. Pack Lightly
My first recommendation for first time flyers is to pack lightly. It is a hassle to carry around heavy luggage and most airlines charge you for carrying a lot of bags. I usually bring two carry-on items. One is my personal bag which contains my computer, my camera, and any other important items I will need on the airplane or at my destination. The second carry-on item is an empty backpack that I fill with clothes and items once I arrive to my destination.
2. Choose the Right Seat
Next you need to choose the right seat on the airplane. You should select a window seat if you are flying over water or mountains so that you can take pictures and enjoy the view. Otherwise, ask for an aisle seat so that you can get up and walk when you need to stretch your legs or go to the bathroom.
3. Bring Snacks
You never know what food choices will be available on your flight so it is best to pack some snacks in your carry-on luggage. Most airlines provide pretzels, cookies, chips and sometimes peanuts but they don’t always have healthier snack options such as fruits or granola bars. To avoid getting hungry during the flight bring a few of your favorite snacks from home
As someone who travels often, I have seen many friends and family members go through the same experience of their first time flying. Although it has been a few years since I have flown for the first time, I remember being very nervous and anxious about what to expect. To help you feel more comfortable with your first flight, here are five tips that will hopefully make your transition into air travel as smooth as possible!
1. Check in online before your flight
First, always check in online before your flight. Checking in online will allow you to receive your boarding pass electronically, which you can print out or save on your phone. By checking in online 24 hours before your flight, you can also choose your seat ahead of time. This is important because you can request a specific seat based on how much legroom you want or where you will be seated in relation to other passengers (i.e., if there is an empty seat next to you).
2. Bring entertainment for the plane ride
Next, bring entertainment for the plane ride. When traveling for long periods of time on a plane, it is important that you bring something to keep yourself entertained during the ride so that it does not feel like an eternity (especially when flying internationally). Some ideas include reading a
Flying can be a stressful experience, especially if it is your first time. Here are five tips to help you enjoy your first flight:
Packing: Pack as lightly as possible. You will have to lift your bag over your head and place it in the overhead compartment. If you are flying on a low-cost carrier like Spirit Airlines, you will also be charged for any bags placed in the overhead compartment.
Arriving: Be sure to arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight’s departure time. This will allow plenty of time for parking and checking in at the ticket counter and security.
Check-in counters: Remember that check-in counters close 45 minutes before international flights and 30 minutes before domestic flights. Make sure you know where to go and how much time it will take you to get there.
Security: Wear shoes that are easy to take off and put back on again, since airport security requires all passengers to remove their shoes during screening. It is also recommended that you bring a quart sized plastic bag with you in order to carry any liquids through security screenings by placing them in a sealed bag for inspection. Any liquids or gels over 3.4 oz must be packed in checked luggage.
Boarding: Listen carefully for
Flying for the first time can be an exciting, yet daunting experience. Here are a few tips to help you make your first flight less stressful:
1. Make sure to bring a valid ID. This may sound obvious, but you would be surprised how many people have forgotten their ID at home! You will need it at airport security and at the boarding gate.
2. Leave extra time. I would recommend arriving 2 hours before your flight to give yourself plenty of time to get through security and get situated in the airport.
3. Pack light! When packing for your flight, try to fit all of your belongings into one carry on bag. Not only will this save you from paying checked baggage fees, but it will also make getting through airport security faster and easier if you don’t have to sort through multiple bags while standing in line.
4. Bring snacks and water with you onto the plane in case they are not provided on your flight or you do not like the options provided by the airline.
5. Have fun! Remember that flying is supposed to be an exciting and fun experience, so try not to let any stress or anxiety get in the way of enjoying yourself!
So you are taking your first flight. How exciting! I remember my first flights, it was an adventure and scary at the same time. Airplanes are a great way to travel, but can be intimidating. I hope the following tips will help alleviate your anxiety and make your flying experience enjoyable.
1. Get to the airport at least two hours before your flight. The airport is a busy place, it’s always good to have extra time in case there are any delays or unforeseen issues with security or baggage check.
2. Bring a book or download some podcasts onto your phone. You may have a long wait while waiting to board your plane or if there is a delay on the tarmac, you may be sitting awhile before taking off. It’s good to have something to occupy yourself with during this time if you do not want to take a nap.
3. Make sure you know where everything is in your carry-on bag, especially electronics and liquids. You will be required to remove everything from your carry-on bag while going through airport security and will want to know where everything is so it can be easily accessed and put back together once out of security.
4. When you board your plane, make sure you take off any jewelry that could
1. You’ll need a passport
Even if you’re travelling inside your own country, most airlines will require a government issued identification in addition to your boarding pass.
If you’re flying internationally, you’ll need to have a passport and the required travel visa’s for the countries you plan on visiting.
2. You can’t bring all of your favorite things onboard
The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has strict rules about what is allowed in carry-on bags. Make sure you check their website before packing up your bags to avoid having to ditch items at the airport!
3. Pack light!
Carrying heavy luggage up and down flights of stairs is not fun. In addition to being physically taxing, some airlines charge fees for extra bags or overweight suitcases. Keep it simple and pack lightly – it will make your flight much more enjoyable!
4. Flight delays are normal
It’s really important to arrive at the airport early for your flight – especially if it’s international or during busy travel times (holidays). However, no matter how early you get there, there’s always a chance that your flight might be delayed due to weather, mechanical issues, or other unforeseen circumstances. Do yourself a favor and pack snacks and entertainment