9 Hacks Every Rookie Traveler Should Know (Including How To Get Your Luggage First)
December 8, 2017
When it comes to travel hacks, they're a dime a dozen. We understand that everyone wants to take pride in their go-to solution, but in our experience, very few of them actually lessen the headache of going to the airport! We're not just talking about being at the airport, we're talking about the entire experience — coming, going, and everything in-between. Travel is supposed to be fun! Even if it's for business, being able to see somewhere new and unfamiliar on an airplane, well, it sure beats sailing around on the damn Mayflower, no?
The holidays will be here in the blink of an eye and you know what that means — primetime travel season. People want to get home to spend time with their families and rightfully so! But should it come at the cost of their sanity? We don't think so. That's why we put together this quick little travel hack guide for y'all to hold onto through the new year!
According to an interview in Quora US baggage handler Thomas Lo Sciuto says:
"Your best option is to be one of the last passengers to check your bags. Bags will always be loaded front to back, so if you check in last, your bags will be in the last bag cart - which will make them the last on the aircraft and the first off at your destination."
He also recommends being polite and kind to airport personnel, suggesting the friendlier you are, the more likely things will go your way. We kind of call BS on that one, but OK, Thomas.
Ask For A Fragile Sticker
Another solid tip for getting your luggage to come out first is getting your hands on a fragile sticker. You're going to have to sign a waiver alleviating the airline of any responsibility, but the hack is that you don't have any fragile items at all! If you ask for a fragile sticker, generally your luggage will be handled with care and released first.
Book A Flight On Boeing 767
This is a no brainer, guys. A Boeing 767 has fewer middle seats than any other aircraft. Need we say more?
Buy Noise Cancelling Head Phones
Holiday travel = lots of screaming children looking to open up their Christmas presents. Unless you want to pop six advil on the flight, buy some noise cancelling headphones. If you're actually taking our advice today, here's a solid pair we found on Amazon. They're a little pricey, but so worth it.
Clear Your Cookies
No, not those cookies. The computer cookies. By now, everyone should know that the more you search a flight (or anything, really) the higher the prices get. To avoid this, say bye to those cookies! This can also be avoided on by going in incognito mode, but clearing your cookies is actually the safest, most effective option.
Roll Your Clothes
This is a non-negotiable. Any person over the age of five who throws all their sh*t in a suitcase with reckless abandon should seek therapy. Roll up those clothes and place them in your luggage neatly. Not only will you be able to fit more in there, you won't have to sit on your suitcase in order to close it.
Leave 3 Hours Before Your Flight
Even if your flight isn't international, we're talking the holiday season, people! It's basically rush hour 24/7. While 3 hours may seem like a crazy gap, it's better than missing your flight. You never know what kind of traffic you might hit, what you're going to forget, how late you're going to oversleep. Just be prepared, OK? It'll save you a headache in the long run.
Stock Up On Travel-Sized Booze
The rule is as followed — The typical tiny alcohol bottle is 1.7 ounces and travelers are allowed to bring as many 3.4 ounce bottles of liquid (including alcohol) that will fit in a quart-sized plastic bag in their carry-on. Now that you know this, we do hope you never pay for alcohol on a flight ever again.
Download Shows To Stream Offline
Even if the airline provides free options, you can never guarantee they're going to be good. Netflix, HBO Go, Showtime Anytime, and a number of other reputable apps offer downloadable episodes that you can stream offline/on airplane mode.