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Raptim Humanitarian Travel Tips: 11 Popular Airport Mistakes

Vulnerable and disadvantaged people are often found at the most remote locations. When you want to help those who need it most, you often rely on air travel to take you there, because it is the fastest means and the only way to get to remote locations.

Use our travel tips at airports

From dropping off your baggage to waiting patiently in the security line to delayed flights, just getting through an airport can be a time-consuming and stressful endeavor. The travel tips listed below can save you time, frustration, stress, and money that’s better spent helping those who are in need.

  1. Failing to download your airline app
    Airline apps for smartphones often contain useful functionalities like sending push notifications when changes in your flight plan occur or a ‘digital wallet’ for your tickets.
  2. Frequent flyers don’t apply for TSA precheck
    If you fly more than just a few times a year, you’ll want to apply for TSA Precheck. All you need to do is fill out an application and pay a $85 nonrefundable fee, then schedule an appointment at one of the more than 380 enrollment centers. A TSA Precheck is good for five years and well worth its price. Rarely are the Precheck lines are anywhere as long as the regular lines.  And because you don't remove your shoes, laptop, and liquids, the lines move much quicker.
  3. Failing to bring food or something to drink
    Bring your own food and drinks! It is not only useful but necessary when traveling. Food can also be consumed in the airplane, which is particularly useful on flights over short distances when you'll rely solely on snacks. Next to saving money, you'll also save on hassle when you get thirsty or hungry and you need something to take.
  4. Wearing the wrong clothing
    Try to wear clothing which doesn't require a belt. This is because it wastes time when you're needed to unbuckle at the scanner. Avoid flip-flops. Whether you’re going to a tropical destination or not, closed shoes will keep you from coming into contact with germs present in your environment which may cause harm to you. Be light on jewelry, again to save time at the scanner. While a little sparkle might push your outfit to the next level, nobody will pay attention to your dashing ensemble when you’re taking hours to take off all your necklaces, rings, and bracelets at airport security.
  5. As a frequent flyer not having a pass to the airport lounge
    Airport lounges might seem like they’re designed for scotch-sipping venture capitalists, they can offer quite a bit of extra comfort if you’re a frequent flyer. When stuck in an international layover or delay of a few hours it can sometimes be recommended (depending on price) to buy a ticket to your carrier’s airport lounge. For about $50 in the U.S., you can experience free Wi-Fi and complimentary food and beverages. Many countries offer a cheaper entrance fee which you’ll have to discover for yourself at your airport of choice.
  6. Using airport Wi-Fi for privacy sensitive information
    For security reasons, avoid the use public Wi-Fi to do your online banking or any other privacy sensitive task on your smartphone because you may never know what a malicious hacker on the same Wi-Fi is trying to do. They can collect login credentials to your online banking websites and get away with your cash. If internet access is essential, you can join a public Wi-Fi safely by using a VPN.
  7. Not marking your luggage
    Are you a frequent traveler? You must’ve noticed that flying keeps getting more popular. That’s why planes are fuller, security lines are longer and your suitcase or bag gets harder to spot every single day you travel by air. That’s why it’s important to mark your luggage. You can easily do this by using a ribbon or sticker that sets your item apart from the others and therefore save you time when trying to identify it.
  8. Not arranging transportation from the destination airport
    So, you’ve arrived at your destination airport. What’s next? Getting to your accommodation is often the next step. Making arrangements for ground transportation before you leave is always a good idea. This way you can avoid waiting times and save on premium airport fees.
  9. Being rushed
    Try to be calm. Even when you’re a bit late. Running through the corridors of an airport and packing and unpacking your bags at rapid speed might save you some minutes, but it can also cause you to forget items that you will need during your stay.
  10. Packing everything in your suitcase
    This can prove to be one of the most important travel tips: airlines can lose luggage. Be sure to pack important items in your carryon just in case your main suitcase gets lost on the way.
  11. Showing up late
    When you’re late, you might get the tendency to rush. Like we explained before; don’t. The best way to avoid this is by simply making sure that you’re not late in the first place. In case it’s inevitable, try to act as it was explained in travel tip #9.

The travel tips mentioned above can prove to be helpful when you're undertaking a humanitarian travel. We believe our world is a better place when your compassion can travel where it is needed most. There are countless projects that humanitarians are involved in, and we hope with all our hearts that each and every project succeeds. Follow our blog for more travel information.  

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