Chances are you will fly somewhere this summer. Hopefully it’s for fun and you’re going somewhere fabulous! Regardless of why you’re flying or where you are going, there is a decent chance that you will have a longer layover than expected, or that you will experience airport delays. Weather, more people flying, Murphy’s law all play into it.

A few summers ago I got stuck in Chicago O’Hare airport for hours because United Airlines didn’t bother to send the plane! (I have never flown United since.) While on the subject of United Airlines, if you will be flying with musical instruments or pets, just choose another airline. Google it to find out more…

I buy travel insurance for all my international travels, and sometimes for domestic travel. I base it on how much I stand to lose if my flight gets cancelled or my bags get lost. Normally my domestic flights are either for work or I’m going to see friends, so I don’t need insurance. If I were going to a vacation somewhere here in the USA I would buy travel insurance, because a missed or delayed flight will still have accommodation costs, rental car excess fees – all kids of extra expenses.

I use Allianz for all my travel insurance needs, and have done for years and years. They periodically email me blog posts with travel tips, and I thought this one would be helpful to most of my travel readers.

 

 

How to Feel Right at Home During Airport Layovers

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Most of us don’t plan for extended airport layovers. Instead, what was supposed to be a quick 20 minutes of downtime in between two flights grows into a lengthy travel time-out caused by inclement weather, engine trouble or some other undisclosed minor emergency.

But there are globetrotting, budget-minded travelers who purposely take extended breaks in airport terminals and lounges during layovers. They know how to stay safe, maintain a semi-healthy diet and even rest comfortably when the odds and airport security are stacked against them.

So whether you’re hoping for brief layovers or counting on long ones, here are some travel tips and advice to make sure your extended stay manageable – and even enjoyable.

Protecting Yourself (And Your Bags) From Theft

Safety and security should be your chief concern during long airport layovers.

If you’re a savvy traveler, you already know the basic rules: keep your bags close by, keep your money and valuables even closer – “traveler’s money pouch” sounds much better than “fanny pouch” – and be wary of suspicious folks and even friendly strangers, especially when you’re tired or spending a lot of time at the bar. (Note: If you choose to drink on your layover, balance out the alcohol with water to stay hydrated).

One potential threat you may not expect comes from airport personnel. In recent years, there have been a number of luggage thefts committed by everyone from baggage handlers to TSA agents. There are a few steps you can take to protect yourself from this threat within, including securing your bags with TSA-approved locks, heading directly to the baggage claim after your final flight, and even choosing brightly colored bags, which have proven to be a theft deterrent.1

Protecting yourself and your property during long layovers is more about common sense than sophisticated security protocol. But this becomes more difficult when you’re travel weary – and almost impossible when you’re sleeping in a stiff terminal chair.

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Finding Comfort and Zzzs During Long Layovers

Airports circling the globe have done a better job of meeting the needs of today’s tech-savvy travelers. Phone charging stations and Wi-Fi access are the rule more than the exception.

But airports are incredibly inconsistent when it comes to acknowledging and providing for travelers with onsite accommodations for a cat nap or a comfy overnight slumber. Some roll out the cots, and others roll out security personnel to ensure fliers aren’t closing their eyes in a reclined position. No joke.

SleepingInAirports.net is a site dedicated to the global community of travelers who intentionally make slumbering in airport terminals part of their travel plans. They offer well informed advice: a bit of Vick’s Vapor Rub under the nose can cover up smelly terminals, sunglasses are important for airports that ban napping travelers, and disinfectant wipes are critical for clearing off your space before stretching out. The site also ranks the best and worst airports at accommodating sleeping fliers. Singapore Changi airport wins top honors for the 17th straight year with specially designed relaxation zones featuring cushioned and reclined seating, a movie theater, 24-hour massage and spa facilities, and even warm showers to help prep the body for extended rest.

And the worst? Italy’s Bergamo Orio al Serio is notorious for being cold, overcrowded and booting sleeping travelers when the cleaning crew arrives in the middle of the night.2

Here is one more tip: If you can’t find a safe and comfortable place to rest or even sleep, look for a chapel, which most airports have. Also, unbeknownst to many fliers, many airline clubs offer one-day passes that give you access to comfortable seating, showers, food, drink and Wi-Fi.3

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Don’t Leave Your Diet Up In the Air

Airports make it easy to grab a bite when all you care about is getting something quick and easy. But when your layover, planned or otherwise, takes place over the course of several meal times, fast food and salty snacks can play havoc with your body.

The good news is that 76 percent of restaurants at the nation’s 18 busiest airports offer at least one healthy, plant-based meal, according to The Physicians Committee’s 13th annual Airport Food Review. This is up dramatically over the past decade plus; only 57-percent of airports offered this healthy option in 2001. Denver is ranked as the top airport offering healthy dining options, while Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport ranks last and Las Vegas McCarran International airport took a dive from second to 12th.4

Once you hone in on the best options, don’t be afraid to ask for some extra veggies for that sandwich and try to eat several small meals rather than a few big, dense meals.5

With the right planning and solid on-the-fly decision-making, you can make extended airport layovers safe, comfortable and healthy. After all, you don’t just want to simply arrive safely at your final destination; you want to arrive well rested and rejuvenated, satiated and with everything you began the flight with.


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Do you ever take long flights, especially international flights?

Have you ever put your things in the seat back pocket in front of you, or left anything behind on the plane? If so you may want to check out this fabulous new travel accessory that simplifies airline travel and keeps you your important bits and pieces organized, together, and germ free…

Seat Back pro

If you haven’t yet made your first international flight you may be unaware of all the items you need on hand during a long flight. Things that can easily disappear or get left behind. Thousands of ipads, laptops, cell phones, prescription glasses, wallets, headphones and other valuables get left on planes every month, winding up in the Bermuda Triangle of the airline lost and found department.

Most of these items get left in the seatback pocket, but others slip to the floor and slide under seats.

In Flight Travel Pouch

On an international flight you will need to have your passport out to fill in arrival and customs forms, you will need a pen, lip balm or chapstick, disinfectant wipes, baby wipes, Kleenex. Maybe you need eye drops, cough drops, a travel toothbrush, Advil – you get the picture. Many small, losable, moving parts.

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Typically you don’t want a bulky bag at your feet taking up valuable legroom, and if you do have a handbag or pack at your feet you won’t necessarily see if something falls out during your flight. Or worse, it can tip over and have everything fall out.

SEat back pro

This is where passengers utilize the germy, black hole that is the seat pocket. Pay attention for 5 minutes and you will never go near that beast again! (Just watch passengers and what they do with the seat pocket…) What do you think people do when they blow their nose on a plane, or cough up phlegm? Any repulsive, gross, germy detritus that humans want out of their hands gets put into the seat pocket.

With that in mind I needed to find an effective way to keep all my inflight belongings organized and easily accessible. I get a lot of travel supplies at The Container Store, and while shopping there a few years back I got a really good bag that suspended from the tray table, giving me a place for all my belongings and circumventing my need to use the germ fest otherwise known as the seat pocket.

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It was a really good device, but it was bulky, doubled as a shoulder bag (that I never used) and when I landed I found it quite cumbersome to try and put into my carryon or suitcase.

Seat Back Pro

I just bought this new Seat Pak Pro from The Container Store for my Summer 2018 travels. It works the same way as my old one, hanging from the tray table fastener, but is much less bulky.

I’m taking this one with me on my summer 2018 Glam Italia Tours, and no doubt all the rest of my flights too.

Seat Back pro

Here is what I like about it.

  1. It is slimline, so when I arrive at my destination I can either slip it into my suitcase or into my carry on bag, without dealing with the bulkiness I had with my old one.
  2. It opens all the way so I can see everything easily rather than having to feel my way around the inside of a dark bag on a dark plane. (It’s always when the lights are out that you need that one thing in the bottom of your bag.)
  3. It has the right types of sections for the things you need, with a section for your pen, another for your smartphone, a large pocket for a tablet, sections for passport and documents, headphones and electronics, and 2 other random sections.
  4. The passport section zippers closed. Having your passport slip out of any bag would be a nightmare. With this bag you know exactly where it is, and it can’t fall out.
  5. The iPad section has a fastener, so my iPad won’t slip out or start slipping out while I’m trying to zip everything up and get off the plane.
  6. The fabric is lightweight but strong, and is easy to clean. It’s important to have a strong fabric that won’t tear and that you can clean easily if something gets spilled on it.
  7. It is really well constructed. This is super important! You need an inflight bag that won’t fall apart. I have seen some that are quite flimsy, and can tear easily or get holes in them. I’m a big believer that all of our travel gear should be well constructed and hold up to a beating.

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Find the Seat Pak Pro HERE at The Container Store

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I hope this was helpful to you!
Happy Travels!

 

Say hello to the biggest skin care product of the season!

Summer Fridays’ Jet Lag Mask became a Sephora Best Seller in its first week. The brainchild of mega beauty influencers Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores Ireland, Jet Lag Mask is not only the traveling girl’s best friend, but is also the perfect remedy for any tired, stressed or just in need of love skin!

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

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I love masks and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. Whether you are flying somewhere fabulous this summer, or just staying home this is summer’s biggest product and you need it! Sephora can’t keep it on the shelves and both Sephora and Summer Fridays have told me to get on the email list to get notified when it is in stock. I have one tube now, but am on the list to get more.

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10 Things To Love About Summer Fridays’ Jet Lag Mask.

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  1. It has a velvety texture. Jet Lag Mask isn’t slimey or gooey.
  2. It disappears into your skin. The mask goes on white but then disappears into your skin, so you can wear it on a plane or any other public place.
  3. It smooths your complexion. Chestnut extract exfoliates to smooth out rough or uneven patches, Vitamin C and niacinamide brighten the complexion and ceramides hydrate your skin making it gorgeously glowy and selfie-sensational.
  4. You can use it as a primer! Helloooo?? Seriously this multi use product actually doubles up as a beautiful primer. Just apply a thin coat and give it a moment to sink in before applying your makeup.
  5. No Animal Testing. Jet Lag Mask is both vegan and cruelty free – no animals were tested on to make this product.
  6. Jet Lag Mask is paraben free, sulphate free, fragrance free and contains no synthetic dyes. Now wonder your skin loves it!
  7. This is a no rinse mask. It takes 10 minutes, then you simply blot it with a tissue.
  8. You can leave in on overnight. If your skin want some extra special loving, just leave Jet Lag Mask on overnight, and you will wake up with plumped up, radiant skin.
  9. At just under 3 oz you can take this mask on the plane with you – something this traveler is thrilled about!
  10. It keeps selling out! The best way to get your hands on a tube is to go to Summer Fridays’ website or to Sephora.com. You may need to get on a wait list, but it’s worth it!

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Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

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