I just recently traveled back home to visit my family for the holidays and it always astounds me just how many people don’t know the tips I’m about to share with you to save a little cash and time. I hope you find them useful and can apply them so your next traveling experience can go as smooth as possible!
Heading to the airport
*only applicable to LAX* To err on the side of caution, make three hours of space prior to your flight. It is not a secret that LA traffic can be hectic so calculate how long it will take you to get there, factor that in then also the time it will take you to get an Uber/Lyft. If driving yourself, calculate the time it will take to park, you can find parking structures here at different rates, or parking near your gate will run you around $30/day. Also factor 30-40 minutes to go through security and 30-40 minutes to be at your gate. If you are traveling on a budget and would not like to use Lyft/Uber and driving to the airport or being dropped off is not an option there is a bus service call LAX FlyAway that takes you from different locations to LAX, you can find more about it on the link here.
Checking in can be a hassle, so don’t cause yourself more trouble than necessary and always check in on your phone. Many times your airline will send you a check in reminder and you go through the same process you would through the self check in kiosk, then when all of that is complete you will get a check in bar code. Now that you have your check in bar code, you can just head straight to the security check point. When you approach the TSA attendant turn your brightness all the way up and zoom in so only the bar is showing and face your phone to face the reader. Checking in this way will be hassle free and a total breeze!
If the weather is right, sandals are the easiest to get in and out of security. Otherwise anything with a zipper or no shoe laces is best. Choose something that is easy to put on and off to cut down time in the security line.
Remember the 3-1-1 rule. Only 3.4oz (100ml) or less containers of liquids or gels 1 quart-sized clear plastic zip-top bag, 1 bag per traveler. It helps to place this bag at the very top of your carry on bag, that way if anything happens to get questioned at security point the attendants don’t have to go in or through your bag looking for them.
I can’t stress enough just how important staying hydrated is. Travelers expose themselves to different air pollutions, and air cabin levels can range between 5-10%. That being unsafe itself, it is very important to take your hydration seriously. During my latest travel, I stopped near a small convenience shop and was in utter shock when I saw that the water was $5! Thankfully, I always carry an empty water bottle with me. Its empty upon arrival at the airport, and then I fill it up after I leave the security checkpoint. It is so easy to lose them however, so when buying one it is best to get the ones with a clip on handle that can attach to bags, gear, keys, or anything you’d like to place it on to make sure it doesn’t leave your sight. Lastly, to avoid any spills it also important to consider a leak-proof lid, the last thing you want is water all over your valuables.
Do not be afraid to pack your own food or snacks. You can safely store these in your bag and no one will say anything. This will save you lots of money, especially if you have a long flight ahead of you. The airport takes advantage of your confinement and the last thing you want is being so hungry that you don’t mind paying $15 for a cheeseburger and fries.
Especially during busy times it can be hard to find an outlet plug available to charge your phone, or sometimes the outlets are just in the weirdest places. This is when an extension cord comes in handy. This should be in your priority list to have, and who knows maybe if you offer it to someone in need you’ll make a new friend. Win, win!
*only applicable to LAX* Uber and Lyft pickups are only done on the second floor, where drop off and check ins are made. So whenever you go to pickup your luggage you will go back up to the second floor and go to the designated rideshare pick up area, there is more than one so pick the closest to you. It is important that when you get in your car, if the driver doesn’t ask what route you would like to take, that you ask him how many minutes until your destination. This is the time that you should check in your phone through WAZE which is the fastest route. I cannot tell you enough how many times my drivers have taken a far longer route than needed. This will not only save you time but money! So once you compare routes, if the drivers is slower kindly ask that they take your route.
I hope you apply these tips to your next traveling experience and that you find them useful. Wherever the skies may take you, I hope they bring you lots of good business, love, and happiness. Please comment below if this was helpful, suggestions, questions, or just say Hi! I would love to hear your feedback.