After what felt like the coldest winter ever, it is finally spring. As the seasons change and we swap out our winter coats for off the shoulder tops, now is the time to start planning summer vacations. Once you’ve booked your flight to the Caribbean, check out these 5 tips that will help you smoothly navigate a busy airport and those pesky, sometimes uncomfortable flights. Bikinis and pina coladas, here we come!
1. Apply for TSA Pre✓®
The part I dread the most at the airport isn’t the long lines (even though that’s no fun either), it’s the part where I have to take off my shoes, jacket, accessories and then remove my liquids, work and personal laptop from my bag. In order to skip this process, I applied for TSA Pre✓®. The cost is $85 for 5 years (which is not a bad deal at all). To sign up all you have to do is fill out a 5-minute online application, followed by a 10 minute in-person “interview” where they process your fingerprints. A few weeks later, if approved, you’ll get your Known Traveler Number aka KTN and voila! Did I mention it’s $85 for 5 years? If you fly domestic pretty often, it is definitely worth it. If you spend more time flying internationally, be sure to check out Global Entry. It’s only $15 more and includes TSA Pre✓® clearance.
2. Check in Online
If you hate lines, save yourself the trouble and check in online 24 hours before your flight. Usually, the airline will email you a reminder to do so. Once you’ve checked in, email the boarding pass to yourself and from your email, download it and add it to your wallet (iOS users) or wallet passes (free app for android users). When you get to the airport, just have your license/passport ready along with your phone and you can head straight to security. Don’t be the friend that has to head to the check-in line or kiosk because you forgot to check in online the night before.
3. Pack Light
Thank you Dana for sharing these awesome travel tips! Be sure to check Dana and any of her adventures out by following her on Instagram @ItsDanaBee.