25 Travel Tips (and Hacks) for the Airplane

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hey there here are 25 travel tips and hacks for flying in an airplane if you have not flown in a long time or you are an avid traveler or commute to work these 25 travel hacks will help you while you are on the airplane be sure to stick around to the end to find to travel gadgets that I found that are phenomenal for airplane travel when you travel this first tip for the airplane is to download the airline's app onto your phone for helpful tips before you even get to the airport many airlines have a free onboard entertainment system that you can only get to if you have the airline's app and one of the airlines we were on last year even tells you where the plane you're flying is coming from and it tells you what seats are open and which seats you could move your seat to very helpful tips on the airlines another travel tip is to take all of your items from your personal bag out right when you get on the airplane and put them in the back seat or the seat back pocket of the airplane and that way in the middle of the flight you're not like smashing your face against the airplane seat trying to get to your personal item bag to find that one journal or pin or book that you meant to get out before the airplane took off per FAA rules with each airline you are usually allowed one personal item and one large carry-on and the carry-on can be a suitcase it can be a duffel bag with certain airline requirements for the size and dimensions and for some countries you have to follow the weight limit rules per airline but these two bags can be allowed on the airplane some gate agents are going to be very strict with saying you can only have these two bags you may not have a crossbody on or a shopping bag in addition to these two and the reason for their strict attitude not Reard attitude but strict performance is that because of this plan that the airline has with the FAA they will get a large fine if the FAA sees that this airline is not obeying this plan and they're allowing people more bags what kind of thing that's why they're so strict now I do not know what the right rule is with the new fanny packs that people are wearing or the belt bag as they're now called or a crossbody it just it is a little subjective to each gate agent but if they say something just stuff it down in your personal item bag until you get there or until you get on the airplane and then put it away when you're getting off the airplane if they say something another airplane tip is to make sure you bring headphones for the old kind of jacks for the airplanes entertainment system as well as the new kind of Jack that goes with your phone if you're going to be using your phone to watch the entertainment system or listen to a podcast or something another travel tip for the airplane is to make sure that your phone is on airplane mode take it from me and another subscriber that your phone could be dead in just an hour or so and that's why I always carry a power bank and it plugs into your phone and charges your phone I have recently bought this one like in January because this one is only a little bit larger than my single charge one and it will charge your phone to full tons like really good for going across a pond but another airplane tip is when you use this plug and plug in your phone to the seat below you like some airlines have if you sit in a special section you can plug in a phone and they have outlets sometimes that outlet is really loose like it's almost been stripped and so your plug to charge your phone or your power bank it will not stay in that outlet underneath the seat in front of you so what we suggest for a travel hack is to use blue tape because it can be unstuck and stuck again and again and reused that you use that to secure that plug into the outlet as well as when you're in a hotel room that's a great pack and you just pack that easily in your bag another travel tip for the airplane is to know that the row of seats in front of the exit rows does not recline most of the time because the back of your seat is part of the exit row I think the 737s now that are flying so much around the United States they are uncomfortable they have you slumped in a slopped position in the upright seat position and so sore on my back so I like to recline it to be like have good posture another travel tip is to know that the airplane seats near the lavatories are going to be busier and that just means you're gonna have more traffic people are gonna be looking at your computer or your phone or what you're writing but what else are they going to look at right a travel tip for the airplane especially if you have not flown in a long time is to know that all electronics can be used while you're parked at the gate and in the boarding area when you're on the airplane they all can be used but when that boarding door closes all laptops have to be put away you can still use your phone but pay attention to your Airlines app when I get on board on some planes I log on to their Wi-Fi okay and that gives me access to their entertainment system once I get up in the air after like the ten thousand feet beep goes off I think that's how it works but know that sometimes you have to connect to their Wi-Fi at the gate and then turn the airplane mode on in order to access their app while you're up in the air or to access their entertainment system and it might be you have to do the airplane mode first and then get on the Wi-Fi later if it's free now I have heard that a lot of the 737 planes are having some trouble with their Wi-Fi working up in the air so you're not always guaranteed that you'll have that onboard entertainment so have a podcast you can listen to have a journal there have a book online or a real book for an alternative one of my favorite travel tips is to download your boarding pass to get through security onto your phone and take a screenshot of it so that it's in your photos section of your phone but here's my tip know that the original gate that's on your boarding pass or in your email from the night before could be changed that day whether or not they've had to move planes around so refresh that app before you get to the airport or just look at the TV monitors when you get inside the airport to make sure where your gate is going to be parked at by the way if you are enjoying this travel tips pylori video give me a little ring Ling Ling on the Bell down below another travel tip is to make sure on the airplane you open coffee creamers away from you because they spit and the same goes for salad dressing cups open them away from you because of the pressurization once you get in the air pressurization once you get in the air it's gonna it could get stains on your clothes when you cover up with a blanket it may be common sense but just know to have your seat belt on the outside of it if you're planning on taking a nap because if the seat belt sign comes on you don't want them to have to wake you to say is your seat belt buckled they need to see that seat belt is buckled so keep it on top of your blanket or your jacket my personal tip is to not go barefooted or just wear socks walking through the airplane and into the lavatory there is urine there's leftover throw-up there are splatters of whatever in the carpet on the carpet as well as especially in the bathroom a summer airline travel tip is to know that summer means thunderstorms which equal delays especially if you're flying in the afternoon Chicago can have a thunderstorm in the early morning hours everywhere else they can have thunderstorms any time of day as well so be prepared for delays we try to always give ourselves at least a two hour connection time if we are having to connect through a different airport especially in the summer for weather I used to have a pop socket on the back of my phone but now I use this little stretchy thing because I feel like it's more secure on an airplane though I need to prop my phone up and I found a gadget that you might like it is the thinness and the weight of a credit card so it fits right there in my travel wallet and what you do is you pop up the end here it's like a little metal plastic thing and then you pull this part up and it fits through the slot at the beginning at the front of this metal card and then you can put your phone right here you just lift up these little two plastic things right here easy peasy and it really works and then when you're done you just unfold it snap that into place and put it right back in your travel wallet my friend all so had one that attaches to your phone and holds like credit card and stuff like that and it is very secure they never lost a card in years but what she likes is that the back props up just snaps out and it's an immediate phone prop and then you just slap it down to make it secure again or flush with your phone again only both of these below in the description box for you on one of my to travel hack videos I talked about this travel hack to also hold your phone up you just use a sandwich baggie and poke a hole in it where the tray top hook would go through it just hangs like that on the seat back now here is a travel tip you may not have thought of I'm a big fan of carrying my backpack because I want to be hands-free where I can just take my suitcase and then have my phone or just have that hand free and not have to worry about keeping my purse balanced on my shoulder and stuff like that and being stressed while I travel but I have recently gotten this weekender type bag because it slips on the arms or the handles of my carry-on suitcase and so I can still go through with just as much storage I can still go through the airport hands-free but know this for the tip know that if they do not have room on the airplane overhead bins that you cannot take that suitcase on board with you they will check it at the gate for free in the belly of the airplane and then it's going to go to baggage claim when you land at your destination so know that you may have to lift and carry this through the airport to get to baggage claim when you're there and I had the only reason I thought about this is because I had a subscriber say that she had this happened to her and she was she did not have the strength or the ability to carry that bag the whole way so that's just something to think about if you get your seat number or where you are supposed to be lining up at the boarding area the good news is if you're at the back of the line is that you will most likely have an aisle seat but the bad news is they will most likely not have any more room for your carry-on suitcase and will have to check it and it'll go to baggage claim or if you're making a connection flight it will come to the next airplane so my tip is know that you might be separated from your bag and if it gets lost make sure you've taken all your essentials like your medicine your IDs all that and put that in your personal item before you get separated from it even if you are traveling in 95-degree whether the airplane and the airport could be freezing cold and I just always dress in capris I learned the hard way when a more a skirt one time on the airplane a long time ago and sandals ready for summer vacation and I froze on the airplane but I also just pack I roll up a little hoodie and put it in the bottom of my backpack or my travel bag a diet coke really does take triple the amount of time as it does to fill a cup of a regular soda because something about the diet cokes bubbles they take a long time to dissipate up there in the air pressure of an airplane another travel tip has to do with flight attendants don't you love it when you get a fun and a friendly flight attendant they can make or break your trip remember that they are there for our safety before the airplane takes off and especially before we land they have so many checklists that they need to do for our safety to secure everything so that is not the time when I would hit the flight attendant call button to say could I have a little more water or can you tell me where my gate is going to be coming from usually they announce that anyway but remember that they are busy they're not ignoring you but they've got to get that stuff done before they land and right before they take off also know that flight attendants are required to say the fasten seat belt sign is on please stay seated you know and if you choose to disobey that rule and their announcement you are putting yourself in danger as well as the safety of the passengers who are obeying the rules so let's be respectful and just follow the rules and wait just five minutes until something is cleared and we can try to get up then okay here is one of the trial gadgets that I was talking about I recently bought myself a foot ham it's great for long-haul flight I tried it out when I went to Florida the other day and I will tell you this strap is super strong so you're not gonna put all your weight on the hammock and like it give away while you're flying and another subscriber or a personal Instagram travel tips by Lorie suggested or said that she was worried that every time I put my weight on the foot hammock that it was gonna pull on the seat back of the person who my foot hammock was attached to but actually it doesn't pull on them at all I tried it out and I can vouch for it this goes over the tray table and hang solo it's like at the strongest part of where the tray table is attached to the seat that it really it does not do it at all but that's a fun little gadget I have another video of travel gifts for women that you can look at for other fun gadgets all right the second gadget that I have to talk about I do not have it yet but I'm working on getting it to try it out it's called stair spare tray spare table a ir is in the middle this travel gadget would be great if you know you are going to be sitting in the window seat it bits down in the window like an old timey cup holder used to be move we've rolled our windows down like that and then the table comes out hey Nathan hi say hey to everybody the tray comes out it's like the width of my hand and you can fit a drink on there a pin and it has a grip section that would hold your phone so you have maximized all the space or you have all this extra space on your tray table now I just think that is so cool I have not heard back from the company I'm trying to get it for free so I can try it out for y'all but I will keep you in the loop anyway I hope these tips have helped you know what to expect before you get on an airplane and help you know how to be a smarter traveler thank you for visiting my travel tips by laurie youtube channel


Carrie Palmiter · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

I love your tips! Sweet kitty!🐱

Anat Katz · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

Who takes care of Mason when you travel?

Steven Pereira · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

Awesome tips, as usual. And as a flight attendant I have to say thanks for pointing out how busy we are at points of the flight. I want to provide the best service, but there are times I cant focus on one guest when ensuring the safety of everyone. The only tip I would sort of disagree with is taking your personal items out of your bag and putting them in the seat back pocket. We regularly find jewelry, cell phones, IDs, Wallace and all sorts of stuff in the seat back pockets. Plus some of those Pockets aren't always secure. On older aircraft some of those pockets may have tears or holes where your personal items might slip through.

minkdevil · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

I love your videos! They always make me wanna go on holidays like right now lol XD Your cat is a cutie btw 🙂

jelena belleza · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am


Shelagh Jackson · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

I don’t put anything in the seat back pocket now. I bring a plastic bag to line the whole pocket, then I put stuff in there inside the bag. Too many germs! (What happened about your bedbugs?)

Diane Bajorinas · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

Nathan looks just like y cat Merlin!

Lucky Seven Soaps · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

Yay!!! I love cats too. I knew I liked you! Great tips today.

Wendy A. · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am


Shim Lacy · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

Aww HI NATHAN 😍😍🐯🐯🐯
Thanks for so many great tips as always !!! I gotta get that hammock!

Donna Hutchinson · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

Laurie I have never flown before, but I have been watching your channel and I'm trying to build up enough courage to do it.
It is so kind of you to share your words of wisdom.
Your YouTube friend Donna.

tamiko yumie · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

always loving your tips!

Kendall Denney · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

You are the bomb, Laurie! I've only recently discovered your channel and have really enjoyed your vids. Please keep them coming! ….and Nathan kitteh was adorbs!

K-DiD Davis · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

Are the 737 max back in the air

Jane Hardin · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

Great tips! And Nathan is adorable ❤❤❤

corikay · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

Thanks Laurie!!! I am a fairly new subscriber, and I am loving all of your helpful videos!!! Thanks so much for providing such helpful information!!!

Christy Bolagner · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

Your cat is so adorbs!! Thanks for the tips!

Tammy Pearson · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

Just ordered the foot swing for my upcoming flight. Also a trtl pillow. I'll let you know how it all works. 9+ transatlantic flights. I need all the help I can get. 🙂

emily mees · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

I never use the pocket with the exception of readind the sky mall magazine. Once I put my cheap head phones in there, reached in and found a very old used diaper. Left the headphones in there for good.

Most airlines also charge for wifi. Download books, videos, games that do not use wifi before you fly to save some money.

Idea Baker · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

Love your channel! Not the same old ideas everyone else is throwing out. I need to get with loading the airline’s app, or at least photographing the ticket. I agree on pulling out your necessities before putting the smaller carry on under the seat. Research shows that the seat pocket is one of the most bacteria-ridden areas on the plane, so I always carry travel wipes and wipe down all surfaces (buttons, food tray, armrests touch screens, and around the outer and inner edge of the pocket). Then I have my device, glasses, book, etc. in a large ziploc bag and tuck that into the pocket. That way my hands never touch the grotty inside of the pocket. Super idea with the blue tape…not much is more frustrating than having to hold a cord just so into a port for ages. Finally, I carry a hoodie AND a wide pashmina or scarf. That way I can be extra warm, or roll up the pashmina and use it for lumbar support on long (6 hours plus) flights. The pashmina also can double as a blanket. Thanks for another terrific video. 💕

Deborah Conkle · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

❤️Great video Laurie‼️

Kamloops Cruise · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

“Smooshing the face against the seat back trying to dig stuff out of your handbag” 😂 been there, done that. So right. Gotta get some blue tape. Excellent idea.

Samantha Grantier · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

First comment 😜

susan edge-baker · May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am


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