Travel Hacks to Take You to New Heights:
10 Airport Tips from Natural Retreats

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for: your vacation home is booked, your out-of-office reply has been turned on, and your bags are packed. It’s the night before you head to the airport for your dream vacation and you’re brainstorming different ways to maximize your preparedness during your time in the airport. Feeling stumped? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Here are our top ten airport hacks to ensure you will have a smooth ride.

1. Fly in the Morning to Avoid Turbulence
If you suffer from motion sickness or unsteady air makes you nervous, book your flight for the morning to ensure the best chance to steer clear of turbulence. The heat from the sun creates updrafts which can result in pockets of air and lead to a bumpy ride. Beat the sun and do yourself a favor by jet-setting first thing in the morning.

2. Download the Airline App
The best way to stay up-to-date on all your travel details is to download the airline’s mobile app. You can opt in to receive notifications about your flight in case of a delay, gate change, or cancellation which can better help you prepare.

3. Check in to Your Flight
This can also be done through the airline’s mobile app! We recommend you set an alarm on your phone as a reminder for your designated check-in time. This is especially important if your airline offers open seating. Your boarding number is based on your check-in time and you’ll want to make sure you have an opportunity to pick your seat and store your carry-on before the plane starts to fill up.

4. Dress in Layers
Dressing in layers is helpful for two reasons: to save on suitcase space and to keep warm. Layering a shirt with a sweater–along with a coat–not only saves space in your suitcase, but it can also help you stay comfortable while in transit. Planes tend to get cool, especially once they’re at maximum altitude. You can always remove layers if needed, but it’s best to be prepared.

5. Bring the Necessities in Your Carry On
This is especially important if you’re planning to check a bag. If for some reason your suitcase gets lost, you’ll want to make sure that all of your important day-to-day items are with you in your carry on. Things to think about: prescribed medications, contacts or glasses, phone chargers, or anything that might not be readily available at a convenience store.

6. Print your Boarding Pass
In this digital age, it’s common to store documents on your phone, but technological advances can sometimes result in glitches. Whether your phone dies, or you crack your screen in the security line, having a hard copy of your boarding pass is a sure way to know that you will be able to board the plane. Stop at a kiosk at the airport to print your boarding pass before heading to the security line.

7. Bring an Empty, Reusable Water-Bottle
The best way to ensure you are energized and feeling your best during a long day of travel is to stay hydrated. While you can’t bring a full water bottle with you past the security line, you can bring an empty bottle and fill it once you’re cleared to fly. Save money beverages and be kind to the planet by refilling your water bottle at a fountain or hydration station. Your wallet and Mother Earth will thank you.

8. Download Your Entertainment
Skip purchasing the in-flight WiFi and download movies, television shows, or music to your phone before lift off. You’ll be able to enjoy your flight without having to worry about spotty service or buffering. The best part is you can download across a variety of streaming platforms so you have plenty of entertainment to choose from.

9. Call the Airline’s Customer Service Line if Your Flight Gets Canceled or Delayed
There’s nothing more stressful than trying to coordinate travel plans on the fly (no pun intended) when you have a flight change. It seems like there is always a mad dash for the customer service line and a rush to re-book the best option as soon as possible. Do yourself a favor and call the airline’s 800 number instead. They will still be able to assist you and can sometimes be even quicker than the rep at the airport.

10. Remain Calm
It’s no doubt that traveling can be chaotic but it’s important to remain calm and enjoy the ride. To ease your nerves, consider packing a few essential oils to place on your pulse points to aid with relaxation and bring your favorite book or magazine to keep you occupied. Regardless of how long or stressful the journey is, the destination is always worth it.

Feeling prepared to take your travel plans to new heights? Your dream destination is waiting for you at Natural Retreats. Be sure to tag us on social media at @naturalretreats and use #openthedoortomore so we can follow along on your adventures. Safe travels!