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4 Ways to Make Travel Easier

Posted on: September 14th, 2014 by grandave No Comments

It’s the perfect time of year to start planning your travel for 2014. We’re all going a bit stir crazy with all this winter weather and it’s natural to start dreaming about somewhere warm while formulating your plan to get out of town for a little while.

Now, we all know that traveling by plane is not the sophisticated affair it once was (or seems to be on Mad Men anyway). Flying on an airplane involves a lot of irritating annoyances that can be avoided with a little forethought.

Here’s our list to help make your travel easier:

1. Upgrade

We know it sounds silly and can seem like a waste of money but if you are running late for a flight or have a screaming baby in town, buying that small upgrade will save you valuable time waiting in lines for security and boarding. Maintain sanity and make your flight on time; that may just be worth the >$50 it will cost to upgrade your seat to Business Class.

2. Mark your calendars

According to Business Insider, one in every five people uses a smartphone. Of those users, 89% of people utilize that phone all day for both business and personal need. Why is this important to travel? Use that calendar. Set alerts and/or alarms so you remember to check necessary stuff off the list: buy travel shampoo bottles, check in to a flight, print out your itinerary. You’re pre-occupied with the day-to-day grind and planning for the actual trip. Don’t forget to do the little things that will make it easy to get there.

3. Have a security line routine

The Wall Street Journal’s Scott McCartney has this down pat: his cell phone, watch, keys and pens all go in his briefcase for easy access. Shoes come off in line. ID goes back in the wallet once the TSA agent is finished with it. Boarding passes go in the same pocket of the same suitcase every time. Liquids and laptop are always in the same place in his suitcase to make sure he can grab them quickly and all of the bigger bags go through security first so there is time to put his shoes back on while he waits for his other items. The key is to make it simple, make it quick and know where everything is every time.

4. Pack snacks

The airport is the best place to ditch the calorie count in favor of those wonderful smelling cinnamon rolls or the fries you never let yourself eat. Don’t let the tedium of airport travel mess with your daily intake. Pack a granola bar, grab a Ziploc bag full of nuts or bring some beef jerky in your carry on. Higher protein snacks will keep you fuller longer and curb those cravings.

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