Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lets Chat #6: Tips on Flying

Hi guys,

Happy early weekend everyone!  It's weekend for me because I have no classes on Fridays.  I've been extremely busy this past week and have not been as active on my blog as I would like to have been.  I finally have a chance to sit down and blog *sigh*.  I went to a science conference and was out of town last week and when I came back I was hit with two quizzes and a test.  It's really good to have a break, so I am really looking forward to doing nothing this weekend.


In addition to the stress from the conference and studying.  I had problems with my flights including a cancellation that resulted in returning home one day later than planned.  *sigh* (again, I know, so much sighing).  As much as I love traveling, I just wanted to go home; even if that meant going to Chemistry lab for three hours the next Morning.  I'd rather not talk about that right now and just get to what I planned on discussing: How to pack for a flight.  

Everyone knows that flying especially in the U.S. can be a pain.  Here are some tips to make your flight easier.
  1. What are you doing on the trip?  If you know what you are doing on the trip you will know how to pack.  My trip was for business, so I packed mostly pencil skirts, dress shirts and blazers.  
  2. Bring a comfortable set of clothing.  I usually chose these to be my "traveling clothes"; the clothes I board the plane (or whatever mode of transportation) in. 
  3. Try to pack all makeup and beauty products together.  This makes your life so much easier.  If you are afraid your beauty products will leak, put the leak-prone products in a plastic bag that you can put into your beauty/makeup bag. When you unpack you can simply place this bag in the bathroom and your set; no rummaging through you bag looking for that misplaced eyeliner.
  4. Make your suitcase  unique (when flying).  This helps you identify your bag especially if it is a plain black bag.  I usually put colorful yarn on the zipper and handles.
  5. Make sure your bag is not overweight (when flying). In the U.S. overweight suitcases are 50lbs+.  Try to shoot for 40lbs max when departing.  This allows you to bring back 10lbs of souvenirs.   I brought back around 7 extra lbs of clothing in my bag.
  6. If you are flying and bringing a laptop.  I suggest bringing it as a carry-on.  I know people put their laptops in their suitcase but to be extra careful, carry it with you.  Who knows what happens to your bag after you check it in?
  7. If you are bringing liquids make sure they follow the requirements.  There is a specific number of ounces allowable in carry-on bags. 
  8. Don't wear too much jewelry and wear shoes that are easy to remove.   In the U.S.  You are required to remove your shoes at security check points.  Also you may be asked to remove jewelry.
  9. Bring some food for the ride.  Although the guidelines for this is strict in the U.S. you can still bring a sandwich if you don't feel like spending on expensive airport food.  
Although I faced problems traveling I honestly can't wait to travel again (for vacation purposes this time).  If I ever came across a large amount of money I would travel the world.   I'd love to go and experience different places, cultures and foods.  
This reminds me... If you also enjoy traveling you might want to check out the Around the World tag I did a while back.

36 comments:

  1. these are such great tips, especially because I travel so often!! I love #4 because I totally agree. I love my suitcase because it's cotton candy color, so it's easy to distinguish :P And thanks for stopping by my blog, and yes i'd love it if we followed each other :)

    Emma
    www.the-yellowbird.com

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  2. This is the perfect post for me to read since I'll be driving to Bellingham tomorrow and then flying from there to LA! I've been on quite a few trips to the states over the last year so I'm starting to get really used to the airport security regulations (wear shoes you can take off easily for the checkpoint, don't wear too much jewelry or it'll be a hassle to take off). Thanks for the tips, when you're packing it's so easy to forget the most obvious things!

    xx Debbie

    www.whatdoffydoes.com

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    1. I'm so happy that this post helped! Have a nice trip!

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  3. Great tips! I have never travelled for business reasons, it's always because I want to unwind and forget stuff like work, hahaha. <3

    Would you be interested in following each other on GFC and Bloglovin?
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  4. really great tips x
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  5. Great tips! After finishing a solid 6 months of travel from my home country of Australia to the US and then all around Europe (flying at least once a week if not more!) I have settled down for a couple of month and now the thought of flying on monday (in the US - LA-Chicago) is something I am dreading. This post couldn't have come at a better time! Thank you

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  6. I know that feeling, I would like to have more time to write on my blog *sigh*
    I have never traveled by plane ,but I enjoyed reading your tips,they can be useful for me sooner or later ;)

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    1. Thank you. The first three tips I listed are great for any means of travel.

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  7. Thank you. Sure, I'd love to! I will start, pls follow back.
    Love, Chiara of http://modemood.blogspot.com/

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  8. Hi honey! Thank you so much for your comment! Of course that we follow each other! I follow you now!!
    Kisses baby!

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  9. About your comment: blogger put me this message:
    We're sorry...

    We were unable to handle your request. Please try again or return a bit later.

    But I'm trying in every moment (sorry about my english hahaha) calm because I will follow you when I can :D

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    1. That's odd. I see GFC is running into some problems. Thanks though

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  10. It's done hahah :D sorry about it!

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  11. At Bloglovin! :) GFC was somehow not possible.
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  12. These are such great tips for flying! And you posted at such a crucial time. The holidays are coming and most of us will be traveling. Thanks for sharing these tips :)

    Just found your blog, btw. I really like it! I'm now following you through GFC and Bloglovin.

    xo Azu

    www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! You made my day, I'm super happy that this post was helpful to so many of my readers!

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  13. Amazing post! Thanks for your comment in my blog, I'll be happy if we start following each other!:)

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  14. This post is very informational. A new follower here.

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  15. lovely post....would you like to follow each other on GFC,bloglovin and google circles....do let me know
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  16. Hey interesting post!
    I'm also trying to follow you via GFC but I can't. I also get that error message. Following you via Bloglovin. As soon as I can and it works I'll follow you via GFC.

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  17. Love the post :)
    I am following you *

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  18. Hi, I'd love to follow each other, But I couldn't reach you on gfc. So I follow you bloglovin. Please follow back :)

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  19. Awesome tips to have in mind :)

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