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There are many things to consider when traveling by air. This is a guide about airline travel tips.


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March 23, 2009

Since we are not allowed to bring liquids on the plane, when I travel I carry an empty water bottle. After passing through security I fill the bottle with water from the fountain, therefore, I have water to drink on the plane.

By Walter from Chapel Hill, NC

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July 20, 20090 found this helpful

larpam575, you can carry water on to the plane, you just can't carry it through the security check point before entering the terminals. You have to get your water after entering the terminals by way of buying it or filling an empty bottle from a drinking fountain.

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April 21, 2010

When traveling consider a cooler/ ice chest on wheels with the expandable handle as your carry on luggage at the airport. When you arrive at your destination, you also have a cooler at your disposal.

Many times we have purchased an inexpensive cooler when we arrive and leave it in the last hotel. We have found this to be far more economical. Happy travels!

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April 22, 20100 found this helpful

What a fantastic idea. I never would have thought of that! Much easier than trying to carry my backpack, and we always end up wishing we had a cooler. Thanks for the tip!

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July 22, 2015

My dad was a commercial pilot who first started flying during WWII. He taught me many things about flying (and life!) and I still use most of them, not necessarily just in the air. One very small tip he showed me has helped me in flight even as a young child (I started flying at three weeks old), and still I use it today.

Back before plastic bags were common, he always carried small paper grocery sacks in his flight bag. During flights, if he was deadheading (flying home from a trip, usually seated in economy), he always pulled out his grocery bag and placed it in the seat pocket of the seat ahead of him. In the bag, he carried all that he would need for the flight-writing material, book, flight manual, magazine, snack, etc. He never had to pull down and sort through his flight bag looking for a pen, book, etc. He was always well organized (crucial for a pilot!) and considerate of others.

Today, I am always prepared for a flight. I stow my purse in my carry on under the seat and keep my large zip-type bag on top of my carry on items so that I can quickly pull it out and place it in the seat pocket when I sit down. I organize the bag when I pack and include what I need for flights; writing material, books, embroidery/crochet project, snack, etc. I am often amused by passengers crowding the aisle while rummaging through an overstuffed bag or two for a pen, pills, etc. Seems almost every time I fly, my seatmates like this small and simple idea.

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July 25, 20150 found this helpful

Love this - it not only will make my long-hauls (I fly over to the States to see the grands:) better, but my train trips here in the UK and on the Continent will be greatly improved using your dad's wonderful travel tip, too.

Thank-you for passing it on!

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October 27, 2011

Whenever he flies overseas, my boyfriend wears a nice shirt and sports jacket. He does this so he doesn't have to pack them, but also because he occasionally gets bumped up to first class seemingly due to his clean cut looks and attire.


June 14, 20050 found this helpful

Tips for traveling by airplane. Post your ideas.


October 22, 20051 found this helpful

When the family is going on a trip and going by airplane, luggage can be lost or detained. So, when packing have each family member pack some items of other family members so if it does happen you will all have a change of clothes.


April 2, 20050 found this helpful

Now days, so many airlines are taking the pillows they use to hand out to people on their flights, off the planes, to cut expenses. We, all, use carry-on bags anyhow, to carry valuables, etc. in. Why not make yourself a small, lightweight pillow to pack in your carry-on and have to use for yourself?


May 11, 20050 found this helpful

I've learned to be flexible when traveling by air. Flights are often overbooked and airlines will request volunteers who will give up their seat and take a later flight.


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October 31, 2006

Water Bottles For Your Flight. When flying, you are not allowed to take drinks through security. However, those that are purchased after going through security are allowed to be taken onto the plane with you, but they are quite expensive.


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October 20, 2006

Air Travel with a Companion. When traveling by air with a companion, be sure each checked piece of luggage has a change of clothing and some toiletries for the other person.


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April 4, 2005

Be sure to take a change of underwear in your carry on while traveling on an airplane. Sometimes your luggage is lost temporarily or delayed and having a change of underwear with you makes the delay bearable.


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February 13, 2008

When traveling, consider staying at a hotel close to the airport and taking the hotel's shuttle bus to and from, leaving your car at the hotel (most have these accommodations, just inquire about it).


December 19, 20040 found this helpful

When we fly, we each carry a cloth tote bag or a plastic shopping bag with handles. It is much easier to slip your coat in that and carry it while you are in the airport. Some of the coats are slippery and poofy and awkward to hang onto along with your carry on. By Syd

April 6, 20040 found this helpful

There is a wide variety of air fares available to travelers. This fact sheet will help you choose the one that's best for you.



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May 13, 2007

I'm trying to put together a gift pack for my mom who is leaving for a vacation this week. It's the first time in many years that she has been able to do something like this, and I want to give her something to make the flight enjoyable. I already have a book and some candies, puzzle book & pens, but have no idea what else to put in it! Any help would be appreciated :)

Melanie from Ontario, Canada

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May 14, 20070 found this helpful

In the U.S. they don't allow any food or drinks in the carry bags. It's a good idea to put a few mints and gum in your pocket before you get on the plane.

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May 14, 20070 found this helpful



hand lotion

artificial tears

puzzle book or hand held game like yahtzee

magazine or favorite book

emery board

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May 15, 20070 found this helpful

An inflatable neck support (usually found in drug stores), and a sleep mask. Ear plugs could come in handy too.

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October 30, 20040 found this helpful

Is there a way to fly with your toiletries without them exploding all over the place?

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May 15, 20040 found this helpful

I usually decant all my toiletries into small bottles to save space, (I travel light!). I put them in plastic bags as previously suggested, but if I have anything I particularly don't want to lose, (expensive lotions, etc.), I carry it in my hand luggage - the pressurized cabin prevents expansion and leakage.

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October 30, 20040 found this helpful

I save all the free samples I get from the internet and take them.

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January 2, 20110 found this helpful

I cut up small strips of saran wrap and rubber band them to the top of my bottles before putting the caps on. Then I follow up with a piece of masking tape over the caps to keep them from coming undone during travel. then, all of my travel size items go into one ziplock baggie. works well. i also masking tape the tops of any perfume or spray pump such as hair spray, body spray, etc.

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