From packing to navigating the airport to getting through security, it can be a scary experience for first-time travelers. If you are an infrequent or first-time traveler, it might be overwhelming to think about all the things you’ll have to do just to get to your destination. But, don’t worry. We’ve got tips and tricks for first-time travelers that are sure to set your mind at peace!

Travel Packing Tips

Before you go, you’ll have to pack! Be sure to pack for the activities you’ll be doing on your trip, pack coordinating clothing so you can mix and match outfits.

A Few Tips for Packing Light

  1. What Will You Do?– Think about what you will be doing on your trip. If you’re going hiking then there is no reason to take your formal attire! Take only what you need.
  2. How to Pack Light– Pack coordinating clothes. Try to pack coordinating pieces or clothing in one colour scheme. This will allow you to mix and match clothing to create more outfits.
  3. Save Space– Try to wear bulky items instead of packing them. This will save you a lot of luggage space.

Carry On vs Checked Luggage

There are a lot of different ways to travel… Some people enjoy traveling light while large families and extended stay travelers may have a lot of luggage.

If you travel with a carry-on, you can keep your luggage with you. This will allow you to avoid the lines at the checked luggage counter and baggage claim. Personal items and carry-ons are usually cheaper (or free) to take!

Checked bags might be better for some travelers because they are transported by airline professionals. This can be helpful if the bags are heavy or you need help carrying them. Checked bags also have fewer restrictions on what you can pack. These usually have a fee so be sure to check before you fly.

There’s no right or wrong way to travel. Just do what’s best and right

Security Tips Before You Go

If you’ve never gone through airport security, it can look a little scary. Security agents will usually tell travelers what is needed of them. If you are unsure what to do, ask them for help. For better and confidential free travel supports contact 

Tips for Security

  1. ID– Have your ticket and ID ready and accessible at all times. Passports must be out of the holder.
  2. Security Check– Remove your zip bag of toiletries from the carry-on before sending it through the x-ray machine. Place all your electronics in a bin. Place all small items in a bin as well. Remove everything from your pockets, shoes, hats, and belts before stepping into the scanner. Remove your shoes and place them on the conveyer belt.
  3. After Security– Once you’re done, step aside to collect your belongings and to put shoes back on. You’ll want to move quickly to avoid holding up the line.

TSA Guidelines

Remember to follow TSA guidelines for a speedy experience for you and other travelers. Also remember, no liquids in containers bigger than 3.4 ounces and don’t take any unacceptable items.

At the Airport

Every airport is different but they all work exactly the same. Make sure you have enough time and take it one thing at a time. If you need additional help, you can always look up airport maps online or ask airport personnel for help.

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What To Do At The Airport

  1. Arrive– Park or get dropped off at your terminal. There are a variety of ways to get to the airport including hired drivers, driving your own car, public transportation, and getting a ride from friends or family members. If you take your own car, research where to park before you arrives. There are usually options for terminal parking, remote parking, and more. The farther away you park, the cheaper.
  2. Check-In– If you need to check-in in person, go to your airline’s customer service desk and drop off your checked luggage.
  3. Security– Go through Security. Have your ticket and ID ready!
  4. Check Your Gate– Once through security, check your gate and boarding time on the airport’s flight information boards.
  5. Take a Break– Grab a snack and a restroom break.
  6. Go to Your Gate– Wait at your gate. You can usually spend some time charging your phone, eating a snack, or relaxing once you arrive at your gate.
  7. Get Your Bags– Once you deplane, head to baggage claim to get your bags. Most airlines will announce which baggage claim is for your flight. Just follow the signs!
  8. Get Your Rental Car– Head to Car Rentals to pick up your rental car.
  9. Leave– Leave the Airport and have fun!

Finding Your Seat

Different airlines board passengers differently. You’ll want to select your seat when ordering your ticket. But, some airlines have open seating options, so you’ll want to check in as early as possible to grab a good boarding. Make sure to check your boarding pass before boarding so that you know your seat number.

Getting Your Seat

  1. Rows– Seat Rows start with 1 and go up.
  2. Seat Numbers– Seat A is on the left side of the plane and goes up from left to right.
  3. Carry On– Your Carry On goes overhead.
  4. Personal Item– Your personal item goes under the seat in front of you.

If Your Airline is Open Seating…

  1. Boarding Groups– Board with your Group.
  2. Decide Before You Go-Know what kind of seat you would like to sit before boarding.
  3. Pick a Seat– Pick your seat quickly.
  4. Carry On– Your Carry On goes overhead.
  5. Personal Item– Your personal item goes under the seat in front of you.

Use Your Manners

Be sure to practice good manners while on board a plane. Everyone is in a tight space and everyone has a better experience when good manners are practiced by all.

Some Good Airplane Manners Include:

  1. Flight Attendants– A Flight Attendant’s primary responsibility is to ensure your safety while on board. You should pay attention to the safety introduction and remember to be courteous to your airline crew when they are serving snacks and beverages.
  2. Window Coverings– Don’t open window coverings when people are sleeping.
  3. Lights– The same thing goes for lights. Don’t turn them on when people are sleeping.
  4. Chair Etiquette– Be mindful of leaning your seat back and how you use your drop down tray as it can disturb other passengers.
  5. Stinky Food– Remember that airplanes are small and crowded. Don’t bring anything smelly on-board. It may be delicious to you but the other 99 people may not feel the same way!
  6. Bathroom Lines– There are usually bathrooms at the front and rear of the plane. Do not crowd the restrooms.
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