Are you flying for the first time? Are you terrified? Unsure what to expect or what to do? I remember those feelings very well! So, I put together some tidbits of info to help other prepare for their first flight. These are things that would have been helpful for me to know ahead of time, so I definitely want to share the knowledge.
Most of these are basic airline etiquette, some are bits about luggage, and some will help you have a more enjoyable flight. Take a look to help you better prepare for your first flight.
Choose & Know Your Seat Ahead
When you purchase your ticket, your seat on the aircraft may or may not be assigned. Make sure you choose your seat ahead of time, or, if you prefer, wait until check in and one will be assigned for you.
Once you do know your sign assignment, take a look at the seating chart online so you'll know exactly where to head once you board the plane.
Baggage Rules & Don't Over Pack
Know your airlines' baggage rules ahead of time. Each airline sets their own rules, so don't assume they are the same as when Aunt Sally told you about her flight last summer. If you're taking a carry-on make sure that it is the appropriate size for airline standards. Typically, this is the smallest rolling suitcase in a set of luggage.
One of the biggest challenges that I have overcome since becoming a frequent flyer is over packing. Over time I've realized that I don't need near as much as I pack, and have honed in on what I actually need and how to pack less. There is nothing worse than hauling hoards of luggage across the airport, so it is quite the relief to pack light. If you're checked bag is too heavy, you'll be charged an additional fee.
Gone are the days of dressing to the nines for a flight. People don't take flying quite as seriously as they once did. However, I've found, when I dress well (sans sweats and flip flops) that I not only feel better, but am taken more seriously. I dress well, while keeping comfort in mind. I prefer long dresses or leggings or loose fitting pants/capri pants with a nice shirt. I try to wear easy to take on and off shoes for going through security.
Before departure, you can check-in online with most airlines. You can access your boarding pass via an app. When you arrive at the airport, if you are checking luggage or simply want a paper boarding pass (a great souvenir), you'll check in at the counter or curbside check-in. From there, make your way to security.
Going Through Airport Security
Going through airport security can seem intimidating the first time, but remember millions of people take the same trek every single day. Read the signs, follow directions, and read up ahead of time on the TSA's website. Main objective when packing your bag is to put liquids (shampoos and such) in your checked bag, or follow the 3-1-1 rule if carrying on. Be sure to remove your 3-1-1 bag and electronics from your bag when going through security. Place your laptop in a separate bin. Don't forget to remove your shoes, belt, and jewelry and place those in a bin before heading through. If you're stopped for a sweep, remain calm, follow directions, and you'll have no problems.
When taking a bag on the flight, keep the items that you want during flight in your personal item that you'll please under the seat in front of you, at your feet essentially. If you put it in your carry-on, that will go in the over-head bin. You won't want to get up and down to get what you need, instead have it all right there where you need it, easily accessible. Whether it be a book, your tablet or laptop, or your headphones, you'll have them close by.
Turbulence & the Seat Belt Sign
Take off and landing if far more smooth sailing than I had envisioned, but turbulence was something I wasn't sure how to react to. I've come to realize that, though it doesn't happen quite as often, turbulence on a flight is like a car running over a little bump in the road. In other words, it is completely normal. If you experience it on your flight, keep your seat belt on, remain calm, and focus on a book or the in-flight entertainment.
You also may notice the seat belt sign. Though it does not stay on 24/7, keep in mind that it is recommended to keep on as long as you are in your seat.
Sometimes we just need to get up to stretch our legs or head to the restroom. If so, don't terry long in the aisle, and try to keep it at minimum, especially if you are in the window or middle seat. You don't want to be the annoying flight-mate who can't keep still.
Don't Booze Up
This one is a biggie. I know you may want something to take the edge off for your first flight since you don't know what to expect, but don't over do it on booze. Better yet, steer clear of it all together. You'll feel physically better without it.
Relax & Enjoy the Ride
Most importantly, relax and enjoy the ride! Flying is truly magical! Take that window seat, sit back, and enjoy the view.
Las Vegas is another super fun city to explore with girlfriends. Whether its a bachelorette party or just a girls weekend away, Vegas has such more to offer. Here's a quick little guide to planning your girlfriends getaway to Sin City.
What to do.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour is a new-to-me experience in Vegas. It is the luxury, if you will, line of Mars Chocolate (M&Ms). You can tour their factory, take a stroll around their garden, and a enjoy fine chocolate & wine tasting. What screams girls getaway better than that?!
There are great little suburbs right outside of Vegas. Explore Boulder City to shop for antiques, enjoy great restaurants, or drive on out to the Hoover Dam.
I can't leave off the most obvious spot to see in Vegas. Hit the Strip for a fun day around the world of Vegas, and head out again for a night on the town. See the Eiffel Tower, Bellagio Fountain Show, and so much more.
What to eat.
Brunch at Hexx Kitchen + Bar is a fab way to start a late morning in Vegas. Their chilaquiles and mimosas are delish!
If you're with a big group, the family style restaurant Buca Cafe Italiano is a great carb overload option. You can't go wrong here with a pizza or pasta dish.
What to see.
A Cirque du Soliel Show is must with in Sin City. Catch a risque number like Zumanity or a more light-hearted productions like The Beatles Love.
The Bellagio Conservatory is hands down one of my favorite spots in Las Vegas. It is strategically decorated differently each season with intricate floral installations, beautiful themes, and incredible colors. Add it to your list of musts for amazing photo ops!
Grab a cupcake from Sprinkles and a cocktail at the bar on your way up to see Vegas from above on the High Roller.
What to buy.
Believe it or not, shopping is a big deal in Vegas. After you hit it big at the casino head over to the Bellagio, Cesars Palace, or the Venetian, and splurge on a luxury brand purse or pair of shoes.
Check out the worlds largest chocolate fountain, and pick up a bakery or chocolate treat at Bellagio Patisserie.
If you're on a budget and looking for a last minute outfit, comb the racks at Ross Dress for Less near the MGM. Purses, shoes, outfits, even luggage can be found here for a steal.
What to wear.
Workout pants and tanks are great for days out exploring the Strip or hiking the nature around the city. Or keep it comfortable and cute with a romper or breezy outfit to keep cool during the day. For hitting the Strip for a night on the town, amp it up with a dress & heels.
No matter what, you're sure to have a great time in Vegas!
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