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5 Tips For Making Your Travel Experience Stress-Free

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Aug. 24 2022, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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With much of the world open again, traveling abroad has finally gotten back on the cards. Everyone wants their holiday to get off to a relaxing start and that starts before you even reach the airport. We worked with the team over at Wizz Air and here they present five tips to make flying easier.

Plan ahead.

Check-in online 24 hours in advance. Get a paperless boarding pass and take a screenshot of it, just in case you can’t get online and get to your emails. Bring snacks. Schedule your arrival to the airport; make sure you know how you’re getting there as well as how to get to your destination after your flight. Wear shoes that can be easily removed to get through security quickly.

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Know your hand luggage limits in advance.

If you have any liquids in your hand luggage, remember to keep them separate so you don’t have to dig around for them in your bag when you go through security. Make sure your hand luggage fits the size allowance and remember that some airlines will allow a small suitcase plus a small bag, and others won’t. This will make getting through security so much quicker and easier and you don’t have to sacrifice half the things you’ve packed because you’ve gone over the limit.

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Choosing the best seats.

The best seats are different for everyone, but everyone agrees that the middle seats are the worst. If you like to be able to get up and stretch your legs on a longer flight, like London to Tenerife which is around 4 hours 30 minutes, go for an aisle. Mid-week or evening flights are usually less crowded, and if the flight isn’t full, you may be able to move to a different seat to have space around you to be more comfortable. On a shorter flight like London to Spain, which is only around 2 hours 30 minutes, you might want to go for a window seat and take advantage of the views.

Avoid choosing a seat at the back – this is closest to the engines and is generally noisier and bumpier, and you’ll have people queuing up for the toilet next to you and possibly disturbing your mid-flight nap.

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Pack emergency hand luggage.

Everyone has had a moment of panic when you think your suitcase is never going to come around the conveyer belt after your flight. Pack some of your clothes in your hand luggage along in case your luggage is lost so you don’t have to wear your airport clothes for the whole week. Pack some toiletries like face cleanser, toothpaste, and deodorant in case you want to refresh on a long flight. Wear glasses instead of your contacts or take eye drops.

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Download the apps.

The easiest way to keep an eye on your flight information is by downloading the app of the airline you’re flying with. You can keep your boarding pass and check-in details in one place, as well as looking out for delays and cancellation information.

Other travel apps like App in the Air are great for frequent fliers, where you can track itineraries and even get airport tips from other travellers.

SeatGuru allows you to pick your perfect seat by looking at a seat map and seeing every detail and rating whether seats are good or bad, and why.

This article was written by Rachel Barter and originally appeared on Your Coffee Break.

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