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So what are the most important things that I take with me when I travel? My patience and a sense of humor. When traveling with the kids I have to keep not only myself, but my kids organized and ready to go through the airport and dealing with airport security. When traveling alone I always seem to attract the people who are anxious in the TSA line. It’s become somewhat of the storytelling when I get home from a trip, the kids always ask, “Who did you meet today in security mom?” I don’t know if it’s because I actually enjoy traveling and I’m usually pretty relaxed that others who are not end up next to me in line, or it’s just the luck of the draw. My last time flying home from Las Vegas and being stuck in a long security line I had a nice conversation with someone who I learned was afraid to fly. We both made it through security and he went on his way. I gave him a few of my tips for a calm trip and he was very grateful. As he put it, “I wish I could get to fly with you on all my vacations.”
When I go to the airport there are some things that I’ve learned to keep me sane while going through security, especially with kids. The first thing, there is a reason that they want me at the airport an hour and a half ahead of my flight when flying within the US, or two hours if I’m flying internationally. If I have to drive to an airport that is further away I add that into my time. I always give myself plenty of time before the trip. Why? Well, this last time my van had a battery that died, and that put me behind. Good thing that I had extra time built in and Mark was able to drive me to the airport.
If there is an app that I can load on my phone and pre checkin to my flight I do so. If not, I like to use the Kiosk. Not everyone is a Kiosk kind of person and that is why there are people at the airport to check you in. At some airports if there is an outdoor desk you can check in there as well. Next is my favorite thing, the TSA checkpoint.
TSA checkpoint. Most people grudge and cringe at this. In today’s day and age I’m personally thankful for the added security. We all have to go through it so matters to make the best of it. When I fly I always wear the most comfortable clothing known to woman, leggings and a comfortable top. Most importantly unless it’s winter I have my beloved flip flops on. In winter I have slip on shoes or boots. I do not like anything that is not easy and quick to slip on or off at security. Plus I know that I’m going to be on an airplane for longer than hour I want to be comfortable.
Now I have to get my stuff in those little bins. I have to admit I’m this is where I become a bin hog. Yes, I’m THAT person. I take three bins, one for the electronics, laptop, cellphone. One for the shoes, purse, my sleep pillow, and jacket. The final one is for my toiletries. Most importantly don’t forget the 3-1-1 rule, “These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process.” I can’t tell you how many items I see tossed out at the security checkpoint.
Making sure that I’m there early gives me relief going through TSA. If there’s a line I normally have extra time so I’m not upset. And if something doesn’t go just right, I’ve found that it’s best to just relax and make the best of it. Not only while trying to get through security, but whenever you are traveling. Once I’ve gone through security and I’m on my way to my gate relaxed, it’s time to stop for a water, or for a Cola. Until next time, Happy Travels!
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.