Monday, May 1, 2017

my airport routine

One week from today I'm heading on my first real vacation of the year. My boyfriend and I are going to San Diego and then driving up to Anaheim to do Disneyland! He was born in LA but moved to Texas when he was young so it's both our first times really to visit. All I've been able to think about since we booked our flights was this trip so obviously today's post had to revolve around it too! We're flying (obviously) so since I've already shared my airport essentials I thought it'd be fun to share my airport routine. One thing I really like about traveling with other people is to see how they do the airport. Everyone has a different airport routine I've learned. What makes a good travel companion is someone who you can mix and match airport routines with!


I like to arrive to the airport two hours before departure. I've never had to run to make a first flight and don't want to start any time soon! This gives me plenty of time to check my bag ( I usually fly Southwest so obviously I'm taking advantage of that free checked bag) and get them to print me a boarding pass. I usually use the app on my phone for actual boarding, but I like having a physical back up, plus the printed boarding pass looks the best for Instagram photos.

Next I head to security where I try to only think positive thoughts and be as polite as possible. This practice of only putting out positive vibes has gotten me past TSA relatively quickly overtime. My other trick is to not put on any jewelry for the day until I've gotten past security. If I'm not heading out first thing in the morning on the way to the airport I'm stashing all my jewelry in a small pouch in my tote because nobody wants to be the girl that takes 15 minutes to take her 12 bracelets off! Also I try to always wear an easy slip on and off shoe, nobody has times for laces.

Once I'm past security I like to head to my terminal and find a bathroom. This allows me to put my jewelry back on and fix my hair and makeup. Next I need snacks. I don't care what time it is I always like to have snacks in my bag for the flight. I'm probably not going to eat them until later when I'm in my hotel room, but just knowing I have them relaxes me. I'm usually going to grab pretzels because I feel like they're a solid any time of day snack and don't crush as easily as chips. I also need bottled water. On my last flight I realized I'm actually a bit of a diva when it comes to this. I had to go to a magazine stand a terminal over to find satisfactory bottled water; I only like Smart Water and Dasani. I'm also going to pickup any other plane goodies I forgot to bring along : earbuds, magazines, gum.

Next it's time to find a real snack. My tendency to fly during meal times and the fact that nobody wants to deal with me when I'm hangry means I'm usually eating something in the airport. Here I'm not really picky. It could be the airport bar or a quick fast food burger while at my gate, but you best believe I'm eating a little something. My real dream job is to host a show on the travel channel where I just travel to different airports featuring food and drink items. Each episode would be a best of with a different category like craft beers on tap, grilled cheese sandwiches, or rice crispy treats. If anyone reading this has the hookup at the Travel Channel let me know!

Once I've gotten my airport snack I make my way to my gate. I've still got plenty of time before my flight so it's usually still empty enough that I can snag a seat by a plug to charge my phone while I wait. I spend this time scrolling my emails or social media feeds, painting my nails, or trying to get that perfect #travelgoals instagram snap. This is also when I text my mom to let her know I'm safely at my gate. Yes I am an adult woman who still lets her mom know things like that. When we're about 10 minutes from boarding I start playing this game where I question myself 100 times about if I need to run to the bathroom one more time before boarding. Hint the answer is always yes. When I return my prime seat next to the outlet is probably taken but that's okay because we're minutes from boarding and I really just want to stretch and stand anyway.

And that's my airport routine. When I first started out writing this post I thought it'd be a quick short one, clearly I was wrong. Hope people still want to travel with me after reading this!

What's your airport routine? Do you have any travel tips for San Diego or Disneyland?

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