Soul Travel - Airport Essentials
I'm a frequent flyer, to say the least. But even if you don't have a lot of experience at airports, it can be helpful to know what to expect and how to prepare for your trip. Here are some tips for preparing for an airport visit:
One of the most important things to do is plan your trip. The longer you're in an airport, the higher your chances of missing a flight or running into trouble with security. If you have time before your flight, use that time wisely by checking flight status and getting your boarding pass on your phone. You can avoid long lines at check-in by having it all ready before hand!
Another thing to consider when planning ahead is packing. Packing light may seem impossible but it's actually not as hard as it seems; the secret is just knowing what items are essential for any traveler (and which are not). Make sure that everything that goes into your bag fits inside with room to spare so there aren't any surprises when trying to check in at TSA pre-check lines or going through security checkpoints later on in our trip home after vacationing out west during spring break this year."
Water, Water, Water.
You need to drink plenty of water. This is true if you are flying, but also if you are not flying. Water is essential for staying healthy and hydrated at all times.
To ensure that your body stays adequately hydrated, drink about eight glasses (64 ounces) of any type of liquid each day. Water is the best choice because it offers other health benefits like helping to flush out toxins from your body—but milk or juice count too! If you want something more savory or sugary than plain water, try adding lemon slices or mint leaves for an interesting twist on flavor.
Exercise your brain.
Look at the people around you. People watching can be quite entertaining and is a great way to pass the time.
Look at the art. I find airports to house some of the most beautiful artwork within its walls. Whether it's a portrait or a mural, if you have time, checking out the local art scene can be a great way to pass the time.
- Be Kind: This point should go without saying, but sometimes people need a reminder.
Be Flexible: Sometimes things don't go according to plan. If your flight is delayed, or if your luggage gets lost, or if you're stuck at the airport because of weather, remember that there's no way to avoid these things. It's best to go with the flow and expect the unexpected.
Be Patient: Whether you're waiting in line at security or boarding your plane, sometimes things take longer than they should—and there's no sense getting upset about it! Instead, use the time constructively by taking deep breaths (or listening to some relaxing music) to help yourself relax while you wait.
Be Understanding: Everyone around you is also going through their own set of challenges today. Maybe someone behind you has a crying baby; maybe someone in front of you is having a panic attack; maybe someone on either side of you had a rough day yesterday and needs extra patience from everyone else around them today—be kind!
Be Tolerant: You never know what people have been through on this day—so try not judge anyone based on their appearance or behavior alone (even if they seem rude).
It's okay if things don't work out exactly as planned!
Try not to stress out about delays and cancellations; sometimes these things just happen and there isn't much we can do about it other than be patient while figuring out how best move forward without getting too upset over minor inconveniences like lost luggage or missed connections because ultimately this just means more time spent exploring new places rather than sitting around doing nothing (which would probably lead us back home quickly anyway).
I hope you've been able to pick up a few tips to make airport traveling a little more enjoyable. Whether it’s reading a book, having a conversation with someone new or familiar or even just taking time out from your busy schedule to eat healthy food, your airport experience should be just as luxurious as you.