5 Travel Tips for the Millennial Girl On the Go


Today's post contribution is from guest writer (and my bestie) Dana Belfleur! Dana is an avid traveler and shares her top travel tips for millennial girl on the go. 

Hi lovelies,

After what felt like the coldest winter ever, it is finally spring. As the seasons change and we swap out our winter coats for off the shoulder tops, now is the time to start planning summer vacations. Once you’ve booked your flight to the Caribbean, check out these 5 tips that will help you smoothly navigate a busy airport and those pesky, sometimes uncomfortable flights. Bikinis and pina coladas, here we come!

1. Apply for TSA Pre✓®

The part I dread the most at the airport isn’t the long lines (even though that’s no fun either), it’s the part where I have to take off my shoes, jacket, accessories and then remove my liquids, work and personal laptop from my bag. In order to skip this process, I applied for TSA Pre✓®. The cost is $85 for 5 years (which is not a bad deal at all). To sign up all you have to do is fill out a 5-minute online application, followed by a 10 minute in-person “interview” where they process your fingerprints. A few weeks later, if approved, you’ll get your Known Traveler Number aka KTN and voila! Did I mention it’s $85 for 5 years? If you fly domestic pretty often, it is definitely worth it. If you spend more time flying internationally, be sure to check out Global Entry. It’s only $15 more and includes TSA Pre✓® clearance.

If you hate lines, save yourself the trouble and check in online 24 hours before your flight. Usually, the airline will email you a reminder to do so. Once you’ve checked in, email the boarding pass to yourself and from your email, download it and add it to your wallet (iOS users) or wallet passes (free app for android users). When you get to the airport, just have your license/passport ready along with your phone and you can head straight to security. Don’t be the friend that has to head to the check-in line or kiosk because you forgot to check in online the night before.

2. Check in Online

If you hate lines, save yourself the trouble and check in online 24 hours before your flight. Usually, the airline will email you a reminder to do so. Once you’ve checked in, email the boarding pass to yourself and from your email, download it and add it to your wallet (iOS users) or wallet passes (free app for android users). When you get to the airport, just have your license/passport ready along with your phone and you can head straight to security. Don’t be the friend that has to head to the check-in line or kiosk because you forgot to check in online the night before.

3. Pack Light

Trust me, it is practically an art to be able to pack light and still “pop out” for the gram. For those of you who are able to do that, you can save about $25 each way AND time at the airport because you can skip the check in line (see tip #2) and go straight to the security line. Besides, its vacation. The only things you need are shorts, tank tops, dresses, bathing suits and sunscreen. Don’t take your entire shoe closet with you, lovelies. 

4. Comfort

If you’re like me and fly economy as opposed to business class, then it is up to you to make your flight comfortable. Pack the following items and you will be good to go:

A small $5 blanket
Some fuzzy socks 
Earphones
A Neck pillow
A sleeping mask. 

Pro-Tip: You can also save money and eat something you actually enjoy by packing your own snacks and food. While drinks are not allowed past airport security, you are free to bring food! I may or may not have been the passenger that brought and ate baked barbecue chicken and mac and cheese on a flight…

5. Entertainment 

Unfortunately, there aren’t many airline companies that offer in-flight entertainment anymore. The days of small TV screens and countless movie selections are long gone. To combat this, be sure to charge your laptop, tablet/iPad and phone prior to your flight. Bring a good book. Create a playlist on your phone that does not require Wi-Fi. Download TV shows and movies on to one of your devices. 

Pro-Tip: pack your phone charger in your personal bag so that you can charge your phone on your laptop if there aren’t any outlets on the flight. 

*Bonus Tip: when possible, fly with the same carrier. This will allow you to gain miles with every flight. Who knows, if you fly enough, one of these days, you’ll be able to pay for your summer vacation with the miles you’ve earned! 

Me in while studying abroad in Madrid, Spain

Thank you Dana for sharing these awesome travel tips! Be sure to check Dana and any of her adventures out by following her on Instagram @ItsDanaBee.

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