8. Locate the best seat before booking 

Regardless of whether you’ve begun flying as of late, you may have speculated that all seats are not equivalent. Everybody realizes that being in the middle seat sucks: you don’t get to admire the view as easily as the window seat and can’t get trouble-free access to the restroom as the aisle seat does. And I don’t even mention the lack of space should your lucky neighbors also steal your armrests.

In case you’re a first-time flyer, my tip is to pick the seat that will assist you with defeating your dread of flying.

7-Fly early in the morning

dread the crowd? When you’re flexible on your schedule and wouldn’t fret about late takeoff, consider a red-eye flight. It takes off at night (between 9 pm and 7 am) and is generally way less packed than the others. There might be even fewer people for a flight early in the morning: most people don’t want to wake up early enough to be at the airport around 5 am, even though you don’t need to arrive too early at the airport.

However, that is by all accounts, not the only advantage of flying around the evening time. Taking such a flight can end up being a lot less expensive too. Additionally, envision the great night pictures that you’ll have the option to present on your Instagram to demonstrate how cool a voyager you are. 

The best part? If you’re traveling on a budget, keep in mind that you’re saving a night in accommodation fees, and when you land, you have the whole day ahead of you!

6. Pack your own snack

It might not seem like it, but it’s a great airport hack to save money. I mean, for 12€ the chicken sandwich, I’d expect the rest of the chicken with roasted potatoes! If you’re a frequent flyer you’re familiar with the overpriced airport salespoints.

Bring your own sandwich, nuts and grain bars, treats, and different natural products, in case you’re on a tight spending plan. 

5. Buy power bank before leaving

This is by far one of my most precious items when I travel. When you see a large group of people at the airport, they are either queuing for the security check or have found a charging station. In any case, you don’t really want to go there.

Instead, buy a portable charger. They’re available to every budget, just make sure that it’s powerful enough to charge your phone completely at least once. You’ll find the device to be useful not only at the airport but also during your flight (if you forgot to charge your phone before leaving) or even during your trip: it’s not always easy to find a place to charge your electronics.

4. Take a few Ziploc bags with you

It’s one of my favorite travel hacks, also among my top picks of items to take with you for every flight. You can put your sandwich there, or your other snacks.

I used them to store my electronic devices and make sure that even if there’s a leak somewhere, my phone and laptop will be safe.

The best use of Ziploc I’ve seen so far? Put your clothes inside: it saves an incredible amount of space and guarantees they’ll reach the destination dry.

3. Check-in online

I already detailed all the reasons why you should check-in online, but the one that you need to remember is: it’s an easy airport tip that will save you an incredible amount of time, especially if you’re only traveling with a carry-on.

Otherwise, you’ll still have to go to the counter and queue up. While some airports have a “luggage only” line which is faster than the regular check-in counter, it’s unfortunately not always the case. You should still check-in online though: it gives the airline a signal that you are more likely to show up for your flight. This way, they probably won’t overbook the flight and deny you boarding.

2. Wrap a colorful ribbon or put a sticker on your luggage

The awkward moment when two other passengers from the same flight have the same luggage…

If you don’t fancy opening your luggage in front of everyone to prove that this is indeed your luggage, make yours stand out from the rest. Wrap something on the handle, add a ClaimCompass sticker, purposefully break a zipper (don’t): anything to identify it right away on the conveyor.

1. Wear your extra items… or ask for a shopping bag

Be sure to verify your luggage allowance before leaving. But if you forgot and it turns out that you’re a little bit over the limit, wait a second before paying the ridiculously high extra fees (as though paying more would make the plane lighter anyway…).

Instead, put on a few more clothes from your luggage or put the heavy objects in your pockets as much as possible. That’s what I call a last-resort airport tip. Again, in the end, everything will get on the plane and it makes no difference whatsoever to the final weight of the plane, but let’s try to comply with the rule.

Another sneaky trick is to ask for a plastic bag in one of the many shops at the airport. Put you extra stuff inside and the agents at the gate will simply assume that it’s a purchase that you just made. Is it cheating? Let’s rather call it a payback deception.

Congratulations: with these airport tips, you’re a travel expert!


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28 Oct 2020