Creating a go-to travel outfit ahead of time ensures you'll
have a comfortable flight experience, no matter what time you board. Pick a comfortable outfit with a removable long-sleeved layer so you can account for chilly plane temperatures and quickly adjust to different weather from one stop to another. Opt for comfortable shoes and minimal jewelry for security speed and comfortable plane naps. Consider a comfy beanie or scarf that can be used as a personal nap pod or pillow, if need be.
Tech Tackle Box:
You only have to forget a phone charger or laptop charger once to realize what a stressful (and potentially expensive) mistake it is. Build a "grab and go" tech bag that's always ready for take off. Find a small zipper pouch
and fill it with a dedicated second copy of charging devices for your laptop, phone, e-reader and anything else you typically need to keep charged while away from home.
Though we highly recommend getting TSA Pre-Check
(paired with Global Entry
for international travelers), not every airport will offer these express lane services, so the more prepared you are, the faster your check-in will go.
Your travel ensemble should already include comfortable layers and shoes that can easily be removed, but opt for a security-friendly carryon bag that features outside-facing zipper pouches. This will allow you to remove your laptop and plastic bag with regulation travel-size liquids
to be quickly placed in bins for screening.
Bonus points: Find a bag with a small zipper pouch out the outside, and keep it empty when you pack. This way, you can always add your phone, watch, boarding pass and other small pocket items while waiting in line, saving you the time and the hassle of wrestling multiple screening bins.
Old-School Info Pack: There are so many great apps and tools for booking and organizing travel, but the first time your device battery dies, you'll be in some trouble. Keeping the travelers version of an "emergency contact card" on paper can be a life saver.
Always keep a sheet of paper or note card with emergency contact information for family, the office, your bank and any other key people in the bag you carry with you. Write down any medications you take, and any important ID numbers, such as your frequent flyer numbers, Known Traveler Number and hotel rewards accounts.
For each trip, print out a paper itinerary with your schedule, including flight information and the names, phone numbers and addresses of any important locations on your journey. If you're traveling to a country where you won't speak the dominant language, put each address on a note-card you can hand to a cab driver.
By dedicating the time to find the perfect travel bag just once, and then filling it with the tech tools and paper information you need, you'll be able to toss on your travel-day ensemble and head to the airport stress free for future trips.