It’s OK if you’re a little rusty when it comes to air travel. After spending so long indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re far from the only person who hasn’t gone anywhere in a while.
Thankfully, vaccines have helped make reopening safe. If health experts and government officials in your region have declared that it’s safe to travel, you probably can’t wait to get on board again!
Before you do, read a few of these helpful tips that every seasoned commuter knows.
Drive Yourself to the Airport
It used to be that airport parking was prohibitively expensive, but thankfully that’s no longer the case. Now, you can park at BNA and dozens of other airports across North America for less, thanks to a new model that makes driving your own vehicle to the airport cost-effective.
All you need to do is go online before your trip and reserve a parking spot at a lot adjacent to the airport. When you arrive, show the booking to the attendant there. Finally, park your car and board the free shuttle to your terminal.
Don’t forget to hang onto your receipt for the way home, so you can get the free shuttle back to your car. Such an approach spares you from needing to depend on someone else to get to the airport. Don’t get in another airport taxi that may show up late, take a subpar route, or listen to music you don’t like ever again!
Airlines didn’t use to charge fees for checking in bags, but that’s become routine in the last few years. Of course, you only pay these fees if you check-in bags.
How long is your trip? Are you carrying any oversized items? If possible, bring everything you need in the allowed carry-on luggage. You’ll save on costs, plus the airline won’t get a chance to accidentally send your bags to the wrong city!
When your plane touches down, grab your bags from the overhead bin and embark on your trip while everyone else on your flight is waiting with fingers crossed for their bag to arrive soon.
Dress Smart and Comfortably
Business travelers don’t need to envy the commuters they see in loungewear any more, thanks to smart-looking clothes designed to be extremely comfortable, too. Wear clothes made from stretchy materials that hold their form and resist wrinkles and moisture.
You’ll be cozy all flight and emerge from the plane dressed for a night on the town, a business meeting, or whatever your trip has in store without a wardrobe change. A mask is a good idea, too.
Don’t Buy What You Already Have
Just because an airport sells something doesn’t mean you need to purchase it there. Bring food and entertainment from home.
You’ll be in full control of what you eat, watch, or read. Don’t depend on airports that stock overpriced food and entertainment and offer limited options.
Everybody is eager to hit the skies and take vacations once again. If you listen to medical experts and keep all the above tips in mind, you’re sure to have a safe trip that costs less than it would otherwise.