Many travelers experience stress when having to check-in at the airport. The faster the process, the less likely you are to become frustrated and irritated. Your preparation beforehand can help you to get through check-in quickly and without any difficulty. Here are some simple hacks to make your check-in easier.
- Choose your flight times carefully
You can avoid unnecessarily long queues by avoiding flying at peak times. If you book a flight that’s very early in the morning or late at night, you will not only save on airfare but will face shorter queues for checking in and going through the security screening process. Even if you expect shorter queues, you should still arrive at the airport early in case there are any hold-ups you don’t anticipate.
- Check-in online
Depending on the airline and your ticket, you are able to check-in prior to departing for the airport. This may be allowed anything from 30 days to 24 hours ahead of time. Checking in online will help you to avoid long queues and get the seat you want.
As an e-ticket is not a physical item but rather an entry in a computer system, you do not have to present a document at the time of check-in to get a boarding pass.
- Take only carry-on luggage
Serious travelers know that taking too much luggage with you can be a problem while traveling. When you have to check in luggage, it’s quite a procedure and taking only carry-on luggage simplifies the process considerably.
The Monos Luggage carry-on will fit in any overhead bin easily. You can try it out for 30 days and if you don’t like it, you can send it back. It has won awards for its design, from its ergonomic handle to its interior that maximizes packing space.
- Check flight status and documents
It is helpful to check the status of your flight ahead of time. There may be changes to the schedule and if you rush off to the airport without checking, you could spend hours waiting.
Before you leave for the airport, place the documents you need to show in an easily accessible part of your wallet or bag. You don’t want to have to fumble around for them when you have to produce them and annoy all the people standing behind you.
You have to show your passport many times and if you always return it to the same place, you’re less likely to put in down somewhere and forget it.
- Observe the rules about liquids
One of the most common mistakes that travelers still make is with liquids, aerosols and gels that exceed the set limit in their carry-on baggage. When you carry any of these items in your carry-on luggage, they must be in a transparent bag and be 3oz or smaller.
Consider buying a clear quart-sized bag with clear bottles you can fill with product from your full-sized bottles at home. Label your bottles clearly and pack them so they’re easily accessible. You will be required to remove them from your carry-on for screening.
- Get your laptop ready
The more electronics you take with you, the longer it takes you to get through security. The requirements may be different in different countries but in most cases, you will be required to put your laptop in a bin. There are specific laptop cases you can buy that make getting through security easier. Tablets, e-books and cameras can usually stay in your bag in their individual cases.