Ten Tips For Flying Solo

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Ten Tips For Flying Solo

the view from a plane window

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Michaela Jones

the view from a plane window

Michaela Jones

Michaela Jones

the view from a plane window

Victoria Bruno

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If you have ever flown alone, you know it can be a bit stressful and pretty nerve-racking. Here are a few tips to make the trip easier and more enjoyable:

  1. Know Some Rules
  • Different airlines have different rules on the number and weight of suitcases allowed on the plane.
  • Be sure not to have liquids with more than 3.4 fluid oz./ 100 ml
  1. Be Early
  • In case anything goes wrong or takes longer than expected try to arrive at the airport about two hours before your plane departs.
  • If the flight is international, you may want to get there even earlier.
  1. Be Comfortable
  • There is no need to be dressed up on a plane.
  • Loose clothes and shoes are the best bet, since your legs and feet might swell during the flight.
  1. It’s Better to Be Safe Than Sorry
  • Planes can be cold, so even if the end destination is warm, bring a sweatshirt or sweater for the flight.
  1. Be Ready
  • Always try and have your passport and boarding pass on hand; you are going to need it multiple times and searching through a seemingly endless backpack gets exhausting.
  1. Don’t Be That Person
  • Once you get to security be ready, if you are wearing sneakers have them untied and be ready to put all of your stuff on the belt
  • There is no need to use more than maybe three trays.
  • One for electronics and jewelry, one for shoes and sweatshirt, and just put your bag right on the belt.
  1. Be Alert
  • Flight times and boarding gate locations can change, so listen, pay attention, and stay on the look out for any changes that can affect you.

8. Flying Ideas

  • Even though direct flights are a bit more expensive, it reduces the chance of getting lost and/or missing your flight.
  1. Call Before
  • If you are between the ages of 5-14 make sure to call and check that you are on the unaccompanied minor list; this way there will be someone to accompany you so that you don’t get lost and/or confused.
  • If you are above 14 you can request not to be on the list.

10.Have What You Need on Hand

  • Always have your phone and charger on hand, so that you can call you parents if necessary and contact the person who is picking you up once you’ve landed.