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Air travel tips and info for both new and regular flyers

How to Check Bags at the Airport (What to Know)

Nowadays when you fly somewhere it’s pretty much all done on your phone or computer. You barely even have to talk to anyone at the airport anymore, except maybe a few words to security on your way through. But what if you need to check bags though? If you’ve never flown before, or maybe you’ve flown but never checked bags, then it might be …

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What to Pack in Your Carry On For a Long Flight

These vary from person to person, what’s essential to me may not be to you. Look over this list of common long haul flight essential items and make sure you’re prepared on your next long flight. Many of these are items that you might keep in your backpack or have with you everyday anyway. I’ve found them to be very useful when traveling and …

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How to Sleep on a Plane in Economy Class (3 Tips)

When you are planning for a long trip, it’s essential to prepare for how you will pass the time during the flight. When the flight is really long, you will probably want to get some rest. Knowing how to sleep on a plane in economy class can important on these longer flights, if you are sitting in coach. It may not be the best …

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48 Long Haul Flight Tips For Your Next Journey

When flying on an airplane, I always make sure that I have something to do to keep myself occupied. If it’s a quick 2-3 hour flight, or less even, then coming up with a game plan for what you’re going to do with your time on the plane isn’t as tough. You can basically watch a movie and the flight’s done. If you are …

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Best Lightweight Suitcases (10 Great Options)

Suitcases can get heavy quick when you’re packing for a trip, and the last thing you want is to take your suitcase to the airport and find out it’s overweight. An overweight bag may even land you an additional fee when checking it. Sometimes the fees are upwards of $100 depending on the weight. So if you’re buying new luggage and you know it …

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What’s the Difference Between Carry on and Checked Baggage?

You have made a lot of decisions already. You decided to fly to your destination, you’ve likely chosen an airline or are in the process, maybe you even booked your flight already. However, if you haven’t flown in a while, or at all, you may still have some questions. Namely questions regarding your luggage. You have to decide what to pack and what size …

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15 First Time Flying Packing Tips to Help you Prepare

  When flying for the first time, it can be hard to know exactly how to pack your suitcase. From overweight luggage fees to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) restrictions, there are many factors to consider when packing your carry-on checked bag. We’ve created a first time flying packing list containing all of the tips and tricks you need to know in order to ensure …

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Top 10 Best Personal Item Backpacks

  When you’re flying for the first time, you might not be sure what to bring. You’ve heard you can take at least a single personal item on the plane, but you don’t even know what counts as one. Are you allowed to bring a backpack? What is the best backpack for under an airplane seat? In this article, we’ll alleviate your anxieties about …

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These 5 Things Make Flying on an Airplane the Safest Way to Travel

Maintaining commercial airplanes is serious business. Airlines go to unbelievably great lengths to ensure that their airplanes are in optimum condition and always safe for flying. Here a just a few things that you may not have known about airplanes and the rigorous checks and maintenance they go through to make sure planes are always the safest way to travel. After reading these, it …

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10 Things to do on a Plane to Pass Time

Flight entertainment is one of the essential considerations before you decide on which airline to use for travel. It is easily recognizable that on long flights, you will most likely run out of things to do on a plane to pass time, and boredom will catch up. Certain flights have interesting inflight entertainment options, some have very limited options and others do not have …

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10 Things to Bring on a Plane for Entertainment

  Congratulations! An exciting, new adventure awaits. You are going to get on your very first airplane flight, ever! Â If you feel overwhelmed, don’t worry. You are not alone. There is a lot to consider. Airlines do a lot to help you prepare, providing information about your airplane and security requirements on links at the bottom of your ticket. Essential items to check …

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What are the Best Noise Cancelling Headphones for Flying?

  As a traveler, if you’re like me then you wouldn’t mind investing in the best noise cancelling headphones for flying when it comes to ensuring your comfort during journeys. A nice neck-pillow, a warm fluffy travel blanket or maybe even a portable footrest can all prove to be a Godsend, especially during long tiring flights. What if I told you, you could make …

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What Emotional Support Animals are Allowed on Planes?

  As more and more people keep animals for emotional support, more people will be bringing support animals on airplanes when they travel. While dogs are the most common, they certainly aren’t the only animals people are trying to bring on airplanes. If you’re trying to find out what emotional support animals are allowed on planes, then you may get different answers for different …

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Airplane Turbulence

What Causes Turbulence on an Airplane when Flying? – Everything You Need to Know

For many first time flyers, simply the thought of being thousands of feet from the ground will make them nervous. On top of that, throw a little turbulence into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for an anxiety attack. Knowing what causes turbulence on an airplane will help alleviate some concerns for anyone. Additionally, according to pilots, cabin crew, and frequent flyers, turbulence …

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A First Time Flyer’s Guide and Checklist

  Feeling nervous before your first flight is something most everyone has experienced before, and it’s easy to understand why. Airports are usually large buildings with a lot of signs and directories, long lines, and loads of regulations. Throughout this first time flyer guide, we’ll cover every aspect of flying, from booking your flight to baggage claim, and help you feel like a seasoned …

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Flying with a Toddler for the First Time: [Helpful Tips ]

  When we become parents, we often develop a hesitation to hop on a plane and visit friends, family, and exciting destinations with our toddlers. We imagine the judgmental looks of other passengers as they react to our children whining and crying, and we know how difficult it can be to change a baby in the cramped space of an airplane bathroom. Well, if …

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How to Get a Gate Pass at the Airport [Through Security]

There may come a time when you need to get through security at an airport, but are not actually flying anywhere. There are a variety of reasons why you might need or want to do this, such as being at a gate to welcome family or to bring your spouse something they forgot before they board the plane. Whatever the reason, this article will …

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Carry-on Baggage Size Guide

If you’re like me then you probably want to avoid checking bags and just get everything in your carry-on if you can. Saves money, saves time, saves the potential for lost luggage. Each airline may have slightly varying policies regarding carry-on baggage size and allowance. I have listed the top 11 United States airlines along with their carry-on and personal item weight and size …

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How Does it Feel to Fly on an Airplane for the First Time?

It’s hard to answer the question “how does it feel to fly on an airplane?” because it’s really something that you have to experience for yourself. It reminds me of a famous quote.. Unfortunately, no one can be told what The Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. –Morpheus Flying for the first time is similar and as I said, you kinda …

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