Traveling and sitting in an airport consumes a large portion of my time throughout the year. When I first started, I loved going to the airport because it meant I was going somewhere new to race or ride my bike. However, I want to be in and out of the airport as fast as possible and make it to the final location now. There are a lot of travel tips out there, but I wanted to share some of my basics to get you through your next trip to the airport a little smoother.
First tip: pack only the necessities! Lugging around a heavy suitcase is not fun, but you don’t want to begin your trip by paying extra for overweight luggage. I usually acquire random things when traveling, so you want to have some space in your luggage in case you pick up some souvenirs to return with. You also don’t need as many things or outfits as you probably think you do while packing. Two or three outfits will do the trick – make sure your accommodation has a washer, and you will be perfect.
Second tip: Relax! Travel days rarely go as planned. I have to remind myself of this constantly while traveling. It is okay if something is delayed or someone forgets something. It seems like a big deal at the moment, but there is usually always a solution to alleviate the issue. Even if one of the worst things I can think of happens, aka missing a flight or being stuck in the airport after a flight was delayed and you missed your connection, you will be alright! Some things will have to be rescheduled and rearranged, but you will make it to your destination one way or another.
Third tip: If you put your carry-on bag in the overhead bins, bring a smaller tote bag to put your portable charger, headphones, laptop, book, snacks, or anything else you would want during the flight in. This small bag will eliminate having to keep your whole bag at your feet or needing to get up during the flight to search for what you want in the overhead bin.
Fourth tip: hydrate and pack snacks. Going to the airport and having to pay high prices for all the food in the airport is one of the most frustrating things. I also like knowing I have the snacks I want to eat and won’t be hungry while traveling. Additionally, bring a reusable water bottle, as most airports have locations to refill your bottle! Some recommendations for travel snacks: Trail mix, sandwiches, fruit, and baked goods.
I hope you can take the trip you have always wanted to and that these tips help make your airport experience more enjoyable.
Thanks for reading!
Until next time – enjoy riding your bike and keep up with me on my Instagram account @meganjastrab.