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  • How to breeze through the airport like a rock star

    2013-08-12

    Whether you're a businesswoman who takes weekly trips through the airport or a Dad trying to get his whole family organized for a vacation, you probably dread the airport experience. Getting your ticket, passing through security and figuring out where you gate is located is no walk in the park, but with a few quick trips, you can make airport travel much easier.

    Keep it simple
    The number one way to make your airline experience simpler is to keep your packing as light as possible. A good rule of thumb is to lay out everything you want to bring, then put half of it back. Depending on how long you'll be gone, try to keep your clothes to a minimum, and make things practical. For example, you should bring only one or two pairs of comfortable shoes, and perhaps a formal pair if you plan on going out to eat at a nice restaurant.

    Save space when packing
    When packing, instead of folding up your clothing, roll it up like a scroll and place it in Ziploc bags. Sit on the bags to get all the air out, then seal them up. You'll find you can fit a lot more in your suitcase, which may mean you won't have to check any baggage - and you'll be much faster at the airport without having to go to the baggage carousel.

    Get the app
    Most major airlines today offer smartphone apps that are convenient and can help you save time. Download the app for the airline you plan to use, as it may allow you to check in early and get your boarding passes sooner. It will also keep you up to date on any changes to your flight status.

    Toiletries made easy
    Security is the most likely place where you'll lose time, so make the process easier by separating out your toiletries and putting them into a plastic baggie. Keep this baggie near the surface of your bag or in an outside compartment so you can easily pull it out when it comes time to pass your bag through the X-ray machine. This may seem like an unnecessary step, but in the event you're pulled aside for random screening, you'll be thankful the TSA agents don't have to go routing through your whole bag to find your liquids.

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