Be prepared for the next time you fly with these four things:
Disclosure for this post.
TSA pre-check is a time saver! If you don’t already have it click here to apply. It’s $85 for 5 years and certain credit cards and rewards programs cover the fee- check here to see if you’re eligible.
Another way to get TSA pre-check is through Global Entry. Global Entry is $15 more, costing $100, but gives you access to quicker lines when flying internationally. Find out more about Global entry here.
Noise canceling headphones can be a lifesaver at the airport and on the plane. Believe me, a four-hour flight will feel like eight hours if you are stuck sitting next to a noisy group.
Everyone raves about the Boise noise-canceling headphones. However, for a tenth of the cost, I have enjoyed these off-brand noise canceling headphones- AYL. The AYL headphones are amazing for the price.
Okay, unfortunately, this is the tougher one to find because you can’t buy a good travel buddy and I can’t provide a quick link to find a friend. However, I can tell you a few key personality traits that I’ve found make a good travel buddy:
- Someone that is like-minded
- A friend that is flexible and relaxed
- Someone that wants to see the same sights as you. Don’t book a trip to Miami to see an art museum with a friend that is only interested in the party scene.
- Maybe a friend with travel benefits… always a plus!
If you are going for short weekend trips, don’t waste time (& possibly money) checking a bag. Here is my favorite duffle form North face that I traveled Europe with for 3 weeks! It can fit a lot of clothes and can fit on your back like a backpack Also, here is the carry-on I take on most trips. Pros- It’s lightweight, Cons- It’s so lightweight that if you put your laptop or something heavy in the front pocket it will fall over. I did have my carry-on fall onto someone at the airport and that got awkward fast.