1. Arrive Early
This may sound routine, but there are so many travellers arriving at the last minute at the airport. Arrive early and relax.
2. Use Valet Parking Service
You never have to wait more than eight minutes. It doesn’t matter anyway because you are waiting indoors! If it’s the middle of winter and you are flying somewhere warm, you don’t have to bring your heavy winter coats, leave them in the car, hop on the heated shuttle and be taken door to door. When you fly home, give them a call from the airport and they’ll have your car warmed up, scraped off and waiting for you when you get back.
3. Check in Online
Always check in online. That saves you tons of time of having to stand in line to check in at the teller. Most airlines now have a luggage drop off only section for those who have already checked in online. You have done all the paperwork and all you have to do is drop off your bags.
Think about what you can and can’t bring on the plane with you. If you aren’t sure, don’t bring it. If you have a pointy object, liquids larger than 100ml or aerosol cans, they are taken away at security and thrown away. Start packing in advance and then go through your luggage once or twice before you leave and scale down. We have a lot of mix and match clothing that we can turn into several outfits with only 3 to 5 pieces.
When you get to security, have everything you need to show in a plastic bag. Also carry your computers, a separate canvas shopping bag when checking in and when going through security, it’s easy access and takes the weight out of your carryon. Always have everything put away before you get to security except your passport and boarding pass.