For too many first-time travelers, the airport isn’t the first exciting stop on the trip of a lifetime or even a mundane step to their next destination – it’s a place of mysterious bureaucracy and worst-case scenarios. What if you miss your flight? What if your bag gets lost or stolen? Where do you go first? How does everyone else magically know what to do at security? Nip the fear of solo travel in the bud and study these tips!
- Save money by packing your own snacks.
- Double check your flight’s gate on an arrival-departure board, and keep an ear out for announcements of changes
- A boarding zone may be listed on your pass. Standing in the way of other passengers at the gate doesn’t get anyone on the plane faster, so remain seated until your zone is called.
- Don’t put your boarding pass away. You may need to show it to both the gate attendant and to a flight attendant on the plane so they can direct you to your seat.
- Don’t shove your bag in the first open overhead bin you see. Keep your bag as close to your seat as possible out of courtesy to your fellow passengers.
Passangers waiting at the airport, Flickr © Caribb
Take out everything you’ll need in flight before putting your main carry-on in the overhead compartment