21. Charging your devices
It's essential to make sure you charge your devices as much as possible before you travel. However, if you're in a pinch and can't find a charging station inside the airport, one spot you can check is behind the television. Most TVs these days have USB ports on the backs that you should be able to plug into.
22. Be kind to the flight attendants
This one is common sense. However, it's good to keep in mind that flight attendants are ordinary people too, just trying to do their job and get through the workday. Treating them nice instead of like your slave will go a long way towards getting better service. If you have a request, be polite about it and remember to smile.
A lot of people end up getting dehydrated while traveling. Try to drink the right amount of water before heading to the airport. It's best to order water on the plane for drink service instead of things like coffee or sodas with caffeine.
24. Avoid alcohol
Another component of staying hydrated is avoiding alcohol. Alcohol will also mess up your REM sleep, causing you to be more tired and out of it upon arriving at your destination. Being hungover to start your trip sucks.
25. Bring disinfectant wipes
With so many people traveling through airports daily, they often end up being substantial breeding grounds for bacteria. Help yourself not to not to get sick by using disinfectant wipes liberally. When you get on the plane, one of the first things you should do is wipe down your tray table!
26. Hand sanitizer
Another critical aspect of staying germ-free is bringing hand sanitizer gel. Use it during your travel. Just make sure that the bottle you bring is under 3.4oz and stored in a ziplock bag so that it makes it through security.
27. Turn the air on
Keeping the air blowing on you throughout your flight helps keep the germs away. It also works to prevent your skin from drying out too much. If the air feels a little cold for you, no worries, just put a light sweatshirt or jacket on.
28. Exercise beforehand
If you have the time, getting a short workout in before heading to the airport is always a good idea. It will boost your endorphins and give you the energy you need to power through your day of travel. It will also make it easier to take a nap if you'd like later on once you get on the flight.
29. Remove your batteries from appliances
If you are packing something like an electric razor or toothbrush that runs on batteries into your suitcase, it is wise to remove the cells. This is to avoid your device gets switched on as they may get shuffled while moving. Not only does security not like this, but it will also drain your batteries!
30. Be careful when you use your headphones
We all love listening to music and listening to podcasts, but one place you should be very careful about doing so is when you are sitting at your gate. If you have your headphones on, you may miss essential gate announcements about your flight.
31. Bring some Ziploc bags with you
You never know when you are going to need a Ziploc bag while traveling. They can be instrumental. Put your liquids in them going through security, store some snacks in them, or use them to keep your phone dry on one of your travel excursions.
32. Set your phone on airplane mode
If you are not using your phone and aren't expecting any important calls, you should set your phone in airplane mode to save battery. It's incredible how long the charge will last if you do this. You may arrive at your destination to find that the battery has miraculously only dropped a percent or two.
33. Photograph your parking spot
Remembering where you parked your car after returning from a trip can often be a considerable challenge. Help yourself not to forget by taking a photo of your parking spot as well as any relevant signs and numbers in the lot. This will make things a lot easier for you upon your return.
34. Massage your feet
It's easy to get foot cramps when on a plane packed into those tight seats. Treat yourself to an inflight foot massage by bringing a golf ball with you. Take off your shoes and roll the golf ball under your feet. It will feel great. Just don't let the ball go running away!
35. Wear glasses instead of contacts
Taking your contacts out to sleep on planes is a big hassle. Connections also tend to dry out when traveling through airports anyway, so it's much more comfortable to wear your glasses right from the start. If you feel you must wear your contacts, however, make sure to bring eye drops with you!
36. Check-In early
Make sure you arrive early for your check-in at the airport. That way, you can avoid being bumped from an oversold flight, choose the best available seats, take advantage of any potential last-minute upgrades and get advance notice of any flight changes or problems (like your family not being seated together).
37. Carrying a hot styling tool
Take along a heat-resistant carrying case so that you can pack your equipment after use. If you don't have one, you can also use a potholder to wrap up that straightener or curling iron.
38. Have a Plan B
When you're traveling, it is straightforward for things to go sideways. Leave your contact number with friends and family before you set out. Use free WiFi in your hotel, or a café to stay in touch with them regularly, so they know you're safe. Always leave a trail of breadcrumbs so that they know when to start looking for you in case you go MIA.
39. Medicine bottle for cotton swabs
Keep your q-tips clean and together by storing them in an old pill bottle.
40. Tic-tac box for bobby pins
Bobby pins, like glitter, get EVERYWHERE fast. Store them in an old tic-tac container