Traveling through the airport can be extremely stressful. Security rules and regulations along with lines and congestion can make airports a very hectic place. But there are many ways to reduce travel stress. Here are some simple strategies for stress-free airport travel.
The first and easiest way to decrease airport travel stress is to pack light and according to airport regulations. Checking through bags for prohibited items before arriving at the airport saves time and prevents against security delays. If planning a business trip, it is always a good idea to package and mail any and all items possible to the trip destination ahead of time. Mailing items early not only ensures the items will be at the designated location, but greatly reduces airport travel time. It also eliminates the need to check bags and to wait at baggage claim.
If there is a need to check bags, make sure the bags are protected and sealed with an airport regulation lock. Locks prevent bags from unexpectedly bursting. Airport security may need to check inside baggage, but with an airport regulation lock, security can easily open and relock the baggage. Baggage claim is also less stressful if the baggage is clearly and uniquely marked. Using fluorescent duck tape to mark bags is a simple way to quickly identify and quickly claim baggage. This also reduces the risk of accidental baggage theft.
Airport travel is often less stressful when dressed properly. Wearing loose fitting, comfortable clothing can reduce stress. Be sure to avoid wearing metal clothing and accessories. They, along with other similar items found in pockets or on persons, will need to be removed before going through a metal detector. It is simply much faster to avoid these items or carry them in overhead bags. Shoes also need to be removed when passing through security. It is best to simply wear slip on shoes that can easily be removed when going through security.
Using airline online check-in services reduce stress by speeding up the ticketing process. With online check-in travelers are able to choose seating arrangements and even print out boarding passes before arriving at the airport. Online check-in services often allow travelers to completely avoid several lines, saving them time and hassle.
Programs like Delta's Sky Club also offer a very comfortable, stress reducing setting for travelers to enjoy while at the airport. These programs make airport travel a more relaxing experience by offering perks such including fully stocked bars, snacks, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV, personalized flight assistance, productivity tools, and even showers.
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