Flying is not always everyone’s number one choice when it comes to traveling. We have to admit, though, that in many cases, it is the most efficient way of traveling – that is, if you don’t get high blood pressure during the security check. In order to avoid this headache, prepare yourself (in all aspects!) before you fly.
Prepare yourself mentally. Tight security means longer waits. It also means you having to put up with pat downs, open bags, taking your shoes off, and more. Even before you leave for the airport, get yourself mentally ready for this. Your attitude will make a whole lot of difference!
Prepare your bags in such a way that you’ll find it easy to open and close them. As much as possible, bring one bag. If you have to have more than one, then use bags that are easy to manage. Also take note of the size of your carry on luggage. It seems that the trend these days is that if your bag does not fit in the plane’s overhead compartment, you’ll automatically have to check it in.
Do research! You know which airports you are going to. You know what airline you are taking. Go online and check their restrictions before you start packing. This way, you will know what a certain airport/airline will not allow. Perfect example: during my last trip, I had rubbing alcohol in my carryon bag. I was not flagged going to the provincial airport. On my flight back, though, it was confiscated. It will be useful to know information like this.