We know how giddy one can be after booking a trip, but we also know how stressful it can be to actually get there. If organizing and packing isn’t enough, we still have to go through airport check-ins and airport security to finally, finally sit in the waiting room and day dream about our new vacation. However, there is no going around the airport hassle experience, but you can definitely prepare for a smoother process.
- Before you even pack any out-of-the-ordinary objects or not sure if you can bring a specific item or product on board, check the TSA regulations to see which items you will have to pack in your regular luggage and which items you can bring in your carry-on. Review all baggage fees for your airline and make sure to always, always carry valuables with you.
- In the U.S., you are allowed to bring one carry-on bag and one personal item, such as a laptop, a purse or a briefcase. You should place all liquid, gel and aerosol items into a one quart-sized, clear plastic bag with a zip-top closure. No single item in this bag may contain more than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) of aerosol, gel or liquid. Keep in mind that TSA screeners may perform extra tests on any powder you carry aboard.
- While you are waiting in line to be screened, take out necessary documents to be prepared. You must have government-issued photo ID and your boarding pass. Either place your documents in a location that is easy to reach or keep them in your hand.
- Almost any large metal object will set off the detector so pack your belts with large buckles, glitzy bangle bracelets and extra change in your carry-on bag. If you have body piercings, consider removing your jewelry before going through the airport screening process.
- Lastly, be ready to take your shoes off. Either wear slip-on shoes or sandals that you can easily remove before walking through the metal detector and carry an extra pair of socks if you don’t like the idea of walking barefoot.