Top Airport Tips for Surviving the Summer Travel Season

Summer is prime holiday time — work slows down, the weather vastly improves, and the beaches are calling. However, nothing can put a damper on a summer holiday faster than a miserable airport experience. Airports are already a stressful place for many people, but it’s possible to navigate them with ease if you follow these tried-and-true tips.

Check your flight status before you leave for the airport

The most important thing you can take away from this article is to always check your flight status before you leave for the airport. There’s nothing worse than getting to the airport and checking your flight’s status only to realize that it’s been delayed for several hours, and you’re now stuck at the airport. All you need to do is Google your flight number, and all the relevant information will come up. If you want a more secure source of information, check on your airline’s website.

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Check in online

This seems like common knowledge, but you wouldn’t believe how many people still wait until they get to the airport and check in person. Especially during the busy summer season, it can pack the airport like nothing else. If you have your airline’s app, it will prompt you to check in 24 hours before your flight time. Follow the app’s instructions, and you’ll be able to check in at home in bed rather than waiting for half an hour in a line with dozens of other stressed out souls. Once you’ve checked in online, all you need to do is drop off your baggage, and go through security and customs (if applicable).

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Take a photo of your parking spot

Even if it’s a short trip, we can almost guarantee that you won’t remember where you parked if you didn’t write it down. Save yourself a major headache by snapping a picture of your parking space — there are usually numbers painted on the ground. If your parking space isn’t numbered, take a few steps back and take a picture of where your car is in the garage, so you can retrace your steps on the way back.

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