Hey Friends! Welcome back to my Summer Travel Blog Series in collaboration with the lovely & talented Skye of Neathering Our Fest.
Skye and I are chatting this month about everything you need to plan your upcoming Summer holidays, and since I just got back from mine I'm still in vacation mode and planning our next trip down south. This week will I will be giving you some tips on navigating airports! Make sure you head on over to Skye's post as well!
I don't know about you but I LOVE airports. I'm your lady if you need to be picked up or dropped off. Something about the atmosphere at airports - it's magical. Think about it, people from all regions of the earth, all going somewhere fascinating and fun. Alternatively, airports can also be a tangled web of bad food, limited options to pass the time and of course - the worst place to sleep while waiting on a delayed flight. I still don't understand why not one airport in the world has comfortable chairs. It's like the want to you long for the small uncomfortable (reclining) chairs aboard the plane. However, you view them, airports are a necessary to get where you want to go - quickly. I've compiled my top tips for navigating airports below:
- Weigh your bag before leaving the airport. Hands up if you have been over the baggage weight limit and had to re-pack in the middle of the airport. We have all done it. One way to avoid this is to weigh your bags ahead of time. Any scale will do, and most luggage stores now sell luggage scales. My mother-in-law's scale came in handy when we flew to Europe (which has one weight limit) and then flew to London. Keep in mind that weight limits differ within Europe and trans-Atlantic.
- Carry a carry-on liquids bag with you. I actually reuse these and keep them in my carry on and just put all my liquids in it at home. This allows me to queue up for the security line much fast and more efficiently.
- Find your gate after passing through security. It's important to familiarize yourself with the layout of the airport. Almost all airports in Europe don't finalize the gate until one hour prior to boarding. In that case, be sure to stay close to a gate monitor as you most likely won't be able to hear your gate number in the main airport hall.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol. Look I'm no one's mother - and I'm not here to lecture you on the advantages and disadvantages of drinking. But I can tell you from experience that drinking alcohol before a trans-Atlantic flight is not a good idea. I don't even drink during the flight anymore - I only drink water. Flying normally dehydrates the body so the more water you drink before and during a flight will only help you in the long run.
- RELAX! Best way to relax before a flight is to walk around. I check out stores, walk to other gates. I love to see where other people are going. I then daydream and imagine myself one day visiting those exotic locations.
So there you have it - my tips for navigating airports! Skye and I are holding a very special giveaway - so please head on over to her blog and check it out!!
What are your tips for navigating airports? We want to hear from you.