7 Tips for Your 1st Time Flying

If this is your first flight, you will be very relieved after hearing these seven tips to get you through the airport.  Some passengers have never flown before.  I’m a former teacher AND I’m married to an airline employee, so I have 7 practical tips to help flying in an airplane for the first time be easy!  Some people who do not travel very often can also benefit from these airport tips.  I will get you to the airport, walk you through the security line and get you to your plane on time!

When traveling on an airline, there are TSA packing guidelines, airport tips and airplane tips.  I highly recommend visiting www.TSA.gov for actual rules and guidelines.  They even have their own YouTube channel like myself with very specific questions.  Knowing the 3-1-1 liquids rule when flying will set you up to go through security.  Each container has to be 3.4 oz or less.  So, you cannot bring a 20 oz bottle with two tablespoons of shampoo in it.  They will discard that liquid.  You also have to use a quart size zipping bag.  Anyway, in the top right corner of the main page on TSA.gov you will see What Can I Bring Through Security in my carryon bag for the airplane?  The list of approved liquids for carryon as well as your checked luggage, is alphabetized.  I stopped at the Ns and I was on the 28th page of this liquids list.  What’s crazy is that they have probably seen these items in carry on bags and had to add them to this list.  I have been on probably more than one hundred flights, and I will still forget to take off my belt or I have left a half empty water bottle in my backpack by accident.  I recently found the MyTSA app and can recommend it.

Helpful Tip #2 for flying for the first time: When you arrive at the airport, arrive 2 hours before your flight.  There are lines in ticketing, and there can be huge lines in security.  TSA sometimes has only one agent checking IDs and tix.  I think, “I might have to wait in the ticketing line 30 minutes, and I may have to wait in security line 45 minutes.  Then I want to get a snack and magazine.  That is about 2 hours before my flight boards.”

Helpful Tip #3  if you have never flown before: Airlines have boarding times for you to board the plane.  They stop boarding about 15-20 minutes before the plane will leave.

Have your confirmation number in your hand, your suitcase and your carryon handbag or backpack or duffel or purse.  You do not walk up to the ticket counter in the airport and then look for your confirmation number and ID.  A prepared traveler is going to have those documents ready to pull out so that no one has to wait.  Please know that I’m speaking to you as an adult, but I have to say don’t sometimes.

So now you know what the rules are, let’s learn some frequent traveler tips to go through security.  There are TSA checkpoints in the airport security line.  Before you can even enter the security line, you will have to have your boarding pass out so they know you have a real ticket.  Do not be in a hurry.  Rushing only will stress you out and you will forget important steps.  You are calm cool and prepared because you watched an awesome YouTube video about how to go through the airport the first time.  You will never see the agents or the passengers again.  Now get out Have your shoes ready to take off.  While standing in line, untie them or unzip your boots.  When you get to the actual TSA agent, you will have to show your ID AND your board pass or ticket.  Know ahead of time where you will put those because you are DONE with your documents.  Just put them somewhere quick until you get through security.  I put mine in the zipped pocket of my backpack.  Sometimes I throw them in the outside pocket of my suitcase.  I like to leave it unzipped sometimes so I can throw my liquids bag and documents in there until I have a second to get organized.

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TSA.Gov states that you can bring any sized stick deodorant because it’s not a liquid.  But gel and aerosol deodorant needs to be no larger than 3.4 ounces.

In checked bags, larger liquids can go in your suitcase.  They actually say you don’t have to worry about the liquids rule if you store liquids in checked luggage.  But remember that they may leak in the belly of the airplane.

Safety razors are not permitted, but disposable razors are allowed, even the extra blades can be in your carryon bag.

Baby formula, breast milk, prescription medicine, baby food and JUICE – it says it in their 3-1-1 page – are all allowed on your person.  And it does not have to fit in a quart bag.

My YouTube above is even more thorough so check out the rest of the tips there.  Where are you going this summer?

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23 Travel Hacks (My Tips and Tricks)

(Once you hit play, click on YouTube for more clarity)

Here are 23 travel hacks for your next vacation.  My tips will help you when packing in your carryon suitcase, and my tricks are some you can use while on the actual airplane.  We fly often, so some of these travel hacks have become a way of life so much that I didn’t realize they were a hack.  Hopefully these 23 travel hacks will be ones you have not seen before. 

My YouTube above goes into much more detail, with pictures and videos of these helpful hints.

If deodorant breaks off into pieces-pile them on couple pieces of toilet paper and wipe onto arm.

Separate purse items into smaller slim/skinny containers: one for visa cards and cash, one for headphones, one for chapsticks/lipsticks, one for glasses, one for band-aids, one for advil, tylenol, vitamins, small earrings, etc.  You get the picture; I’m not saying to have 10 little bags inside your backpack…just separate items as you think of it.

Cross your purse through your leg and hold it between your feet especially if you are going to Barcelona and want to avoid pickpocketers.

Store liquids horizontally in liquids bag to 

Roll your clothes instead of throwing them in or folding them; i compare rolling vs packing in travel cubes if you click here

If you forgot the plug to charge your phone, you can use the cord pushed into your hotel TV usb thing to charge it. But I just bring my power bank.

Or you can just buy a power bank.  These usually give you a full charge of your phone’s battery.  I use these on flights longer than 2 hours b/c if I’m using my phone to watch the airplane’s entertainment system, my battery drains super fast.

If you forgot your phone prop up device or if you POPsocket popped right off like mine did, unfold a magazine and you can prop it.  I think it works best if you have a rubbery case; this is a slim case and is kind of slippery. 

Or you can use a cheap pair of sunglasses upside down to prop your phone on.

You can also put your bag in a new ziplock bag and poke it through the seat tray table’s hook-but i do not prefer that method for blurry reasons.airplane-seat-tray-table-hook

I suggest using google maps off line in a remote location. Type in the address you want to visit in the actual Google Maps while you’re connected to the internet.

Get cash from ATM not the airport, etc.  Better rates; and store cash in different locales.

Bring a hair clip or bulldog clip to hold curtains together. hotel-curtains-clips-hold-together

Bring an empty water bottle because now water fountains have the water bottle filler upper.

My favorite one is to take a picture of your passport and insurance and DL and email them to someone so that if you need to find them.  You won’t have to find a printable, you can just pull it up via your email.

Wear 2 socks to the airport-the outer layer being very old.  Once you’ve gone through security with your socks off, trash the outer pair.  A subscriber gave me this idea.

Wear heaviest shoes on the plane so you have more space in your suitcase.

Another travel hack is to store cleanser or vaseline in these little discs (or contact lens containers).  I say cleanser because it’s thick.  My moisturizer leaked in this one time only so I cannot say moisturizer.  I just found these disc containers that I’ll store vitamins and earrings in.  They’re one hand use…because that makes them a cool gadget. 

Pick the busy time of day to travel and volunteer to be bumped asap.

Pack in a carryon suitcase and use backpack as your under the seat bag.

Jewelry through a straw…too high maintenance.  Place them in a gallon bag and roll very tightly so they don’t budge.  Or you can get one that rolls up but stays very snug.

Headphone organization: I keep mine in a case that came with purchase, but you can also use a big clip-got this idea from Aspyn Ovard. 

You can check Trip Advisor for places to eat and things to do, but you can also check Pinterest.

Save your purse and back stress; use a backpack but pack a cross body small purse inside your backpack.  Most of us have a phone in one hand or coffee in one hand, while the suitcase carryon is rolling behind us in the other hand.  Be hands free!

The #1 travel hack is using water soluble paper, brushing liquid soap on both sides of the paper, hanging it to dry, cutting it into one inch rectangles.  When you are traveling and do not have soap, you pull out one of these tiny rectangles, run it under water, and the soap is activated so that you can wash your hands.

Let me know if you have a travel hack on your airline of choice below in the comments.  Smart and on time travels to y’all!  Thanks for POPping over.

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Six of the Best Books for Your Summer Reading List

I’m sharing six of the best books to put on your summer reading list.  You have your manicure and pedicure and your dreaded swim suit; now you just need to know the best books to read this summer.  Whether you’re going to the ocean this summer or to a cabin in the mountains, hopefully these six summer reads will set you up.  

In the video above, I’ve time stamped each summary if that will help you.

The best book on this summer reading list is The Devil in the Junior League is about exactly what the title says. – When you go on your first summer vacation, take this book.  Quick wit, fun, new phase of life stage for a character with two middle names who realizes her whole pearls in the kitchen life is utterly fake as are several uppity members of her local Junior League.  I could not put this book down.  You think you’re going to roll your eyes. It’s not your typical girlfriend book; it’s more of a humanizing of the women in this elite club when an odd ball tries to be accepted into the club.  And the friendships that grow are fun, cool and lighthearted.

Number two on this summer reading list is The Lake House – Kate Morton – spins family secrets into characters seeking forgiveness of their own failures suspenseful page turners characters

Set in Cornwall, England bouncing between the 1930s and early 2000s. Genius vocabulary elevating ur IQ as u read.  This book is a love story, a mystery, mixed with a whole other plot going on present day while you learn about the crime in the 1930s.  You wonder what you would have done back then if you were part of this wealthy family.

There are so many twists and surprises that make it a quick summer read.  The Lake House has a reading group guide.  Have any of you had a book club in the summer?  I guess you would read it during the summer and then lead the book club in the fall.

#3 on this summer reading list is The Fix – David Baldacci about a guy named Amos Decker who gained the sometimes inconvenient gift of not being able to forget…anything.

A guy shoots another person in front of the FBI building and then shoots himself.  But Amos cannot find out how they could’ve known each other to even begin to solve the crime that he witnessed.  Come to find out, it’s a matter of national security that he figure it out.  Grabs u early as it’s a thriller.  Based on the first 2 books in the series about Amos Decker.  But you don’t have to have read the first two.  But they’re really good as well.  Another quick summer read.

Number Four is by one of the best authors, Lee Child, called Night School.

He always rats someone out who’s been needing a good ratting out for a long time.  Sarcastic, what-you-see-is-what-you-get Jack Reacher brilliantly solves the crime and uncovers truth in a way that no other character can.  He supposedly has to take a class at night but figures out there’s a catch almost immediately.  I like to read these books on the airplane or in the airport; I feel like everyone around me is a spy for some other country; I’m very suspect of each passenger.  The answer to solve the crime is just in front of them through the whole book. 

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – Taking you by storm in the first chapter, we learn a secret that baffles your decision-making skills as a wife, stretching the reader to weigh her woman’s intuition and pointing fingers ability as a woman, mother, wife, or friend.  Can something so bad bring them closer?  It is fun but suspenseful because you know she doesn’t want anyone knowing the secret.  It really makes you think what you would do if you found out this secret. 

Big Little Lies – With a bit too much language imo this book catches your attention to know more about each character.  She builds what you think you want to know about each character slowly and methodically.  If you have had a child go through pre-k and elementary school, you will know exactly who some of these characters are.  We meet some stereotypical upper middle class and wealthy women wearing masks to hide their hurts.  Aaaaannnndd when they all become friends, only SOME of the masks come off.  You will love these ladies and feel so sorry for them at the same time.  Great book!

For the bonus book, make sure you watch the video.

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What NOT to Wear on an Airplane

When I travel, my outfit choice is part of my packing routine.  If you travel like me, knowing what to wear on the airplane takes time.  I want to dress comfortably, I want to feel confident in my outfit, and I definitely do not want to worry about what I’m wearing when I fly.  However, there are 8 things you should not wear on an airplane.

I have worn all eight, and this idea hit me during my most recent trip in an airplane. 

What’s Under My Airplane Seat?

Under this airplane seat you will see the essential flight accessories I travel with.  Watching the video is easiest to explain what I carry on most flights.  Whether you’re traveling for a weekend or a longer vacation, check out what is in my carryon back pack.  Notice that my carryon suitcase is above my airplane seat.  This video is about what I travel with in my back pack carry on.

Thanks so much for POPping over to my LauriePOP Ideas That POP Channel and blog!  You can search LauriePOP on YouTube to see all the different ideas that really do POP into my head…makeup, travel, DIY, planner videos and more.

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How to Pack With Packing Cubes – I’ve Changed My Method

We want to pack efficiently in our packing cubes, and if you follow this method, you will fit 10 outfits in two packing cubes for your carry-on suitcase.  I normally roll my clothes and raved about it in my last travel video, but I have learned how to pack in packing cubes that will save time and save space in my suitcase.  I didn’t believe it, but this is the best method.

Most people I’ve heard from use packing cubes for organization.  Whether your travel suitcase needs organization, or if you just like to pack in sections, then you should try a set of packing cubes.  I’m traveling in the Fall for a week, so I need layers as well as boots!!!  It’s sweater weather!!!

Cubes come in dimensions for a regular mother lode suitcase amount.  But I only travel with a carry on suitcase.  In my former test and review of rolling vs packing cubes, I used only the biggest one.  And that one is designed if you had a whole other section in a huge suitcase you would check curbside.

I’m packing my gingham shirt with a navy cardigan, but it can also be worn with a burgundy cardigan.  I can wear it out or tucked in.  So I am folding each piece the length of the cube.  The other top that goes with either cardigan is the long sleeve heather gray top.  I prefer to wear these tops with skinny jeans that I wore onto the airplane.

But I have another pair of jeans in a lighter shade for a couple of days.  The jeans will not go in a packing cube; they’re going to drape over the entire suitcase when I’m done.  So I’m folding a graphic tee that will also go with the burgundy cardigan.  This should fit in one cube.  In my former video, I didn’t need to bring boots.  But this time of year and the winter, I need boots.  They really do take up so much room so I had planned on only taking these booties, but since I’ll be walking outside and my ankles need more warmth, I decided to take my boots.  I also have some tennis shoes that I could travel with.

I’m also packing my other plaid shirt.  Love this one for a preppy day and with boots.  But I can also wear it out with the long navy cardigan and be fine.  Have any of you bought Mules this year?  I have some from my junior year of high school (1989) that I can take along in my back pack if it’s hot on the plane.

I’m making a travel outfits video in the future so stay tuned for that.  If y’all have any travel questions, leave me a comment below.

I also pack this b jacket because it will go with the gray t-shirt in the other cube, as well as this olive green top.  Look how this olive top changes when I pair it with a burgundy cardigan.

I’ll pack undies in my shoes or in one of them and my spare, hanging by threads bra.  I so need to get a new one…don’t we all?

Once I have my folded clothes in place, then I stretch each packing cube to fit one shoe in each cube.  I start the zipper, squish, zip some more, squish, and zip some more until I have a misshapen cube.  You can even roll a piece of clothing to squish in there.

Then I try lying them flat or with the handles up.

Then I add my curling iron, shoes, and lay the jeans on top.  A hoodie goes in the outer pocket in case I need to have a blanket or squish it up like a pillow on the flight.

The best travel tip of all when packing is to mix and match.  And to wear your heaviest shoes on the plane so they won’t take up space in your carry on suitcase.  But the best part of packing in packing cubes is for when you arrive at your final destination.

Some travelers keep all their clothes in each cube inside hotel room drawers.  Others unpack totally upon arrival.  Where are you going next?  Have you tried cubes yet?

I started with this cheap bundle of packing cubes, and I’m happy with them.  But this will be only my second trip with them.

I seriously never thought I’d change from the rolling method, but now I’m a believer!

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