These Airport Hacks Will Forever Change Your Flight Experience

Getting through the airport can be tricky. Thanks to unpredictable traffic, broken kiosks, unexpected lines, surprise security checks or delayed flights, it’s a good rule of thumb to always prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

But if you really want to dodge some headaches, there are a few things you can get ready for in advance to help ensure your travel experience goes as smooth as possible.

Choose your seat wisely. Find out where outlets, spacious seating and stink-free (far from bathroom) areas are located.

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(Sites like SeatGuru or SeatMaestro will help.)

Place your phone in a plastic bag next time your flight doesn’t have a TV.

This is a called a Mountain Buggy and it makes traveling with a baby so much easier.

Get it on Amazon for $129.99

Don’t be afraid to ask for free things and blame your reasoning on a “special occasion”.

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Need FREE cold tap water? Go here.

To reduce overhead space, avoid rush hour and increase odds of sleeping, try the red-eye.

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Easily identify your luggage by wrapping your belongings with ribbon (or super nerdy stickers if you’re feeling weird).

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Travel outside of the country often? Sign up for Global Entry to save yourself time and stress.

Always wear warm clothes on the plane or you will freeze your ass off.

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Take advantage of duty free in a sneaky, smart way.

And pack your own snacks to avoid overpriced airport products.

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