To some, an airplane is an adventure rarely taken.
To others, it's a necessary nightmare, a hassle you endure to reach your destination on a regular basis.
From physical discomforts on the flight, like sleeping while sitting, to dealing with jet lag afterward, there's a lot of hassle in flying.
Which is why Twitter user Taha Khan (@KhanStopMe) has shared how he handles flying.
I fly a lot. A thread of what I learned: • Never check bags. Pack for max 10 days & do laundry. • Jetlag hits you… https://t.co/DCUg1nUdBZ— taha (@taha) 1550667852.0
These sound too specific to be made up. Keep a lip balm on you, I guess.
Honestly, you can ask for upgrades anywhere.
It's a great life hack.
The worst that can happen is they say no.
• Ask for upgrades at the gate everytime. Sometimes they’re really cheap. • Noise cancelling headphones are essent… https://t.co/oC5XsiKKDL— taha (@taha) 1550667853.0
Anti-bacterial wipes are a good idea.
I don't agree with the orange juice. It's all sugar water to me so why not just stick to water?
But to each his own.
• Snacks. M&Ms or Skittles are good. • Orange Juice is magic. It makes you feel alive again. Bring your own, their… https://t.co/MhNZG1rsTP— taha (@taha) 1550667853.0
Good travel bags are a necessity.
If you look online, you can find bags specifically made to stay within carry-on dimensions.
• Passports are pocket sized. Keep it on you from start to finish. • Always take off belt, shoes & jackets at secu… https://t.co/GIUcR0yoWU— taha (@taha) 1550667854.0
And of course, you can't go wrong with putting a smile on your face.
Makes it a lot easier to deal with other people.
• Have good bags. I use an Away Suitcase & a Peak Design Backpack. • Always have a shortcut set up to alert someon… https://t.co/FqrywK1Vud— taha (@taha) 1550667854.0
Khan's tips proved popular, being shared thousands of times.
However, not everyone agreed with his suggestions. Specifically, his idea to never check a bag and put all your clothes in your carry-on was disputed.
How do you keep 10 days of clothes in a carry-on? What if there's no laundry?
@thefluffa @KhanStopMe Peru, as a country that attracts a lot of backpackers, had laundry service everywhere at a r… https://t.co/lKiN5fFSJw— Laura Chapin (@Laura Chapin) 1550691717.0
@thebeertruck @KhanStopMe But think about how much less nagging from your wife you would hear???— Lynell Miller (@Lynell Miller) 1550680467.0
@BrixBella @KhanStopMe he’s a guy. they can put a whole year’s worth of stuff in a carry on. we have things to pack… https://t.co/7Fsrm0IqbP— yu (@yu) 1550690838.0
Still, it sparked a conversation and got people adding their own travel tips.
@MickeyAllen @KhanStopMe If I have time I will go to the airport gift shop and buy magazines and candy for the flig… https://t.co/XnqVcNJOjS— Jim Edds (@Jim Edds) 1550692854.0
@RepubGirlNW @KhanStopMe Be nice to ALL staff because they're people, not for what it might get you.— Liz Babb (@Liz Babb) 1550683252.0
@KhanStopMe Thanks for asking @doitlikedesss and @BMshelia - here's why: https://t.co/9903XeTHPO— Ute Rother (@Ute Rother) 1550692503.0
One study estimated that the average flyer will spend 300 hours in an airport and on a plane. Learning how to cut back on time wasted is a life hack we can finally use for once.