Who hasn’t been delayed at the airport? It’s like travel by stage coach now with unexpected weather and mechanical delays. Recently with Tropical Storm Imenda, I spent 12 hours in the airport. (It was not nearly as scary as those on the road and I was happily near a bathroom.) Even before this challenge, I knew that I needed to be prepared for a potential surprise. This is true during holiday travel season with so many flights and so many travelers. Here is how I organize and prepare for travel and unexpected delays.
Travel bag requirements
I use a rolling small bag that fits under the airplane seat in front of me. I changed to the rolling bag to avoid injuring my shoulders with a heavy carry on. In my bag are several Vera Bradley pouches that keep me organized (of course!) The pouches hold what I call my “apothecary,” cords and connections, reading material, and other important items like jewelry and business documentation.
Connections are what keep us sane. Our phone and devices require charging more frequently as we use these more while in an unexpected situation. I always travel with 2 chargers and an emergency charger. (It’s the block and the cord times two.) I also use these to charge overnight at my destination. I charge once I get to the 20% low battery mode, just like filling the gas tank at the 1/4 mark.
Travel can deplete you and keeping hydrated keeps you well. I purchase a large bottle of water inside the terminal to keep hydrated before I leave the ground and in the air.
Staying on top of travel
All airlines have apps now to keep you up to date. Be sure you switch on the text message app to update you about your flights. You can view where your flight is arriving from so you know if you are on time. Bag tracking is available in case an unfortunate loss occurs (another frequent situation.).
Stay in the know
Many apps help us during these situations. These apps that give us information are priceless. These are local news station app, The Weather Channel and Flight Aware. I learned so much from each of these, tracking weather radar and flights.
All our family have set up the Find a Friend app so that we know where we are at all times. For many reasons this has helped us all feel more comfortable. We know where each of us is and we can help each other maneuver home.
Each of us has our own idea of comfy with travel. It’s a travel pillow or blanket, extra undies, special treats or downloaded music. What makes you feel comfortable is what’s important. I carry a protein bar or two also. Most of my NAPO friends know my love of skittles and pashminas. I carry both with me when I travel, as well as an extra magazine or two.
I hope for you blue skies and sunny destinations. In case there’s a storm in your future, you should be organized and ready to wait it out with comfort.