I have been on a few long-haul flights now and I want to just get through immigration as quick as possible. I want to check-in my bags, get my boarding pass and wait at my gate. I’m not one to shop much at my departing duty-free airport – the fear of missing my flight. Here are 5 tips that I’ve learned to make things quicker for both me, other passengers and the officers there.
- A backpack: This is the best bag to carry on flight. Whether you’re going to be stuck in the queue for long or waiting to get off the plane, this is going to be kinder on your shoulders. It’s easier to stow it under the seat in front of you. It’s best if your backpack has a few compartments to categorize your items for easy access.
- Clear bag/pouch: Keep all your liquids in that clear bag. They keep going on and on about it for a reason. You don’t want to be that person who holds up the line in taking out those items one by one.
- Pack wires: I used to just let them be in my bag. But they cause such a chaos inside and they get even more tangled up. By packing your wires into a bag, it helps to navigate the insides better. When you want to charge your phone on flight etc, its much easier to get it out too!
- Passport out of cover: I’m not sure about you but the countries that I’ve travelled to always want me to take my passport out of the cover. I know it doesn’t take much time to do it when it happens, but it’s that little bit of anxiety that you can get rid of. Smoother transition from each checkpoint to the next.
- Remove every item: Just put your watch, wallet, bracelet, rings, shoes, jacket, scarf – basically empty everything out of yourself. Maybe you know what goes through the security checks but its just easier the other way. You don’t need to walk through again and again.
They may seem like basic thoughts or common sense. I’ve been guilty of not doing these things and I’ve seen people do these nowadays. These are just the little things for you to do to have a easier trip.
What are some of your tips?