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Avoid the Chaos with Travel Tips from Flight Attendants

Avoid the Chaos with Travel Tips from Flight Attendants

If youve ever put in your earbuds and turned on music to drown out a flight attendant explaining where the exits are, you may want to pause and read this list of timely tips to learn more about improving your summer travel experience. For tips on how to make the most of your flight and to learn what the travel mess this summer means for you, look no further than these pros travel tips.

Packing Tips for Travel From the Pros

Seasoned travelers and flight attendants recommend packing cubes because they help to organize clothes and keep them firmly in place. 

With these cubes, you can separate clothes by day, keeping the clothes you arent planning to wear that day neatly folded and ready for action!

They can also be used for larger toiletries such as shampoo or other items that are bulky and dont need to be packed in your carry-on luggage.

Speaking of carry-on luggage, packing strategically can save you time and money should your checked luggage get lost or stolen. An extra pair of shoes, necessary toiletries, a change of clothes, important documents, personal items, a water bottle, and medications can at least keep you going for a few days.

With your carry-on, you are also allowed one personal bag. Choose a bag that you can tuck your purse inside. Pack a small blanket or shawl if you are one to get cold, or games and activities for kids if theyre traveling with you. Remember to bring extra formula and diapers for infants and some airlines allow you to bring extra snacks for kids.

For ease of moving and lifting, heavier and bulkier items should be packed at the bottom toward the wheels, while leaving space at the top for lighter items. 

Dont be that person who overstuffs and struggles to close their carry-ons. Larger bags can take up valuable space in the overhead compartments, and can be difficult to lift and store without risking injury to yourself or others. 

Extra tip: Unless youre flying first class, garment bags will be folded and youll end up with wrinkly clothing, so its best to pack those items in your suitcase.

Travel Tips From the Pros for Avoiding the Summer Chaos 

This summer is fraught with delays, staff and pilot shortages, cancellations, missed connections and longer layovers leading to a shortage of patience. As frequent and expert travelers have dealt with all these issues, they have shared some of their tips to help those who may have important events to attend and cant afford the delays.

Many flight attendants suggest that if you can drive to your destination in 7 hours or less, do that! With all the delays and cancellations, you may actually get there sooner by driving. It may not be ideal, but if you are traveling as a family on vacation, not having to wait in lines for both the flight and the restrooms with kids, may be a welcome relief! If you’re traveling with your friends, it might be a fun road trip!

The best way to stay on top of things is downloading and using the app of the particular airline you are flying. Since they keep the information on the app up to date, you can find out about any changes in plans immediately, most times even before the agents at the counters know. This will save you wait time in another line or help you make any decisions about changing your travel plans. 

Plan your flight departures and arrivals in harmony with weather conditions. Since storms usually form in the afternoons or evenings, its best to fly in the morning to avoid inclement weather. If a storm is strong enough, it can shut down airports and your flight could be rerouted to other nearby cities. Summers bring unstable storm patterns and heavy winds such as monsoons or hurricanes in many parts of the U.S. and globally.

Fly out a day earlier than you need to. If you have a wedding to attend on a weekend, think about planning your departure on the previous Thursday. As weekends are heavy traffic days, should your flight get delayed or rescheduled to Friday, you will still arrive at your destination on time. There is nothing more stressful than spending the entire trip worried about meeting event schedules only to get to your destination a few minutes before, uncomfortably late, or miss everything entirely.

When finalizing any travel plans, if you have the opportunity to add extra time to layovers between flights, do so. Again, it is better to have too much time than not enough when connecting with another flight or even airline when you have to switch planes. An hour may not be enough to get from one terminal to another, especially if your first flight arrived later than scheduled. 

Be aware that if your flight is delayed, the crew may time out and your flight may be canceled. It is illegal for flight crews to fly longer than 16 hours. There may not be a backup crew to step in and continue the flight, so you may need to schedule another flight on another airline or wait until the next day. 

Currently, there is a shortage of airline staff and crews, many of which are overworked. Ground crews are responsible for parking the planes, driving the jetways, loading and unloading bags, and more. Pilots are required to have at least 8 hours of sleep, and ticket scanners and counter agents also have set hours. Once they reach their maximum hours, they cannot continue. So if your flight has been delayed for an hour, but the crew has met their hours, and there is no backup crew, you’re essentially out of luck. 

As always, its best to be nice to others; no one wants to go viral on social media for the wrong reasons! So avoid drinking too much, try to remain calm and know that as much as youre frustrated with what is happening, the flight crews are as well because they want to help people as best they can. 

Extra tip: Even flight attendants recommend purchasing travel insurance. When the unexpected happens, knowing that you are covered can help relieve some of the stress of the situation and can alleviate some of the unexpected costs you may acquire. Sometimes stress can cause medical emergencies, and having coverage that helps with medical expenses can be a huge relief.

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At VisitorsCoverage, we offer travel insurance plans, trip insurance plans, Cancel For Any Reason add-ons, and plans that may cover pre-existing conditions. If you have any questions or want to find the right plan for your needs, our Customer Assistance Service agents are happy to help.

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