Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips from Miss Travel Guru, Francesca Page

Happy Tuesday AirPretty travelers! Every Tuesday we offer you some helpful travel tips from our community of travel experts. Share your tips in the comments below and you might be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday!

We connected with Miss Travel Guru, Francesca Page to learn more about her airport struggles and tips for overcoming them.

“I was returning to Florida, where I was living at the time, from New York City. My flight was delayed twice then cancelled, so we were all forced to re-book.” She sets the tone for an experience that many of us know so well. We’ve all been there- a bustling airport, with everyone else coming and going. Meanwhile, you’re stuck waiting for a flight that seems to never come. Then finally, the PA system announces: FLIGHT CANCELLED. At once, you realize the entire day has been wasted in a stuffy, germ filled airport.

Rushing to the counter to re-book her flight, Francesca got some more bad news. “After sitting in a line for 4 hours, I was told I couldn’t get a flight for 3 days,” she explains. But determined to get home, she identifies another way. “I opted to take an Amtrak to Boston and catch a flight from there.”

Most jet setting women know that Murphy’s law is in full effect when traveling. Francesca rushes to the Amtrak station. “….But then I missed the train. It’s now 12AM. I had to get to the bus station in New York City to take a 2AM bus through the night to Boston, and then get on a red eye back to Florida.” But why the rush? Francesca had to get back home to read the news on air at 11 A.M.! “I was fighting time”, she explained. Is this starting to sound like the stressful comedy classic: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles? We thought so too!

Francesca comments, “I knew I had to sleep and look refreshed for work. After all, I’m broadcasted in front of the entire nation.” So what did she do? “I opted to avoid caffeine, drank water, and put on meditation music to keep calm among the havoc. Wanting to look clean and refreshed, so I took off my makeup. Changing out of my jeans and into sweats enabled me to get comfortable for the trip. I used my jacket as a pillow to get some rest.  And a few cereal bars from the airport kiosk were a quick snack.” Comfort, clean skin, and hydration certainly are key!

With determined resolution, Francesca states, “Even if I was going to have to take a bus, two planes and cab to the network – I was going to make sure I got some shut eye and felt clean!”

Don’t forget to share your tips in the comments below for a chance to be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday! Check back next Tuesday for more helpful travel tips!

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6 Things To Have In Your Carry On Bag (Besides AirPretty, of Course!)

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We’ve all heard stories about airline passengers arriving at their destinations only to learn that their luggage hasn’t. Or worse- the luggage has been lost! Some of you can probably even share your horror stories of your bags not being where you expected them to be. At AirPretty, we encourage travelers to ALWAYS be prepared. Having some essential items with you in your carry on bag is a great way to keep your mind at ease in the case that you find yourself without luggage. Here are our top 6 things to have in your carry on bag (in addition to your AirPretty kit, of course):

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  1. Medications. This should be a no-brainer, but unfortunately many people forget to keep important medications with them. Over the counter medications aren’t as critical as your prescription drugs because you can normally pick those up at an airport store. However, it’s a good idea to be prepared with anything you take on a normal basis. This includes anything you wouldn’t want to be without (pain relievers and tums included). You never know how long you will be without a lost bag. So the rule of thumb with medications is to just keep them with you when traveling.gqd16oj4saw-alvaro-serrano
  2. Phone charger. We could tell you countless horror stories that involve being stranded in a random city without any access to a phone or internet. Payphones are few and far between nowadays. Plus, borrowing a phone from a stranger is awkward enough but if you don’t speak the same language, it can be near impossible. Having access to your phone is not only important for staying entertained. In fact, it can be critical for getting a cab, booking a last minute hotel room, and adjusting flights. Most importantly, you will want to have access to call for help if you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation. Don’t risk it- keep your phone charger with you at all time.scarf
  3. Scarf/jacket. Whether you’re going to Fairbanks, Alaska, or the Sahara Desert in Africa, we suggest a jacket in your carry on. Airplanes are notorious for poor temperature control. As such, wearing layers on a plane is a great way to stay in control of your own personal temperature. Don’t rely on the thin airplane blankets to keep you warm (after all, they are a big germ carrier). In addition to keeping you warm and comfortable on the plane, your jacket can be used as a pillow to lean against the wall (if you have a window seat), or keep your neck supported in those uncomfortable seats.trousers-362781_640
  4. Underwear. At AirPretty, we are all about feeling fresh when you travel. What could possibly make you feel less fresh than day (or two) old panties? Plus, going commando comes with its own issues- like chafing and sweating. At the end of the day, it’s not worth the risk. Luckily, underwear doesn’t take up much space in your carry on. So grab a spare pair and tuck them into your bag. Trust us- it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.passport-881305_640
  5. Important documents. You do NOT want to get stuck somewhere (particularly a foreign country) without your passport/visa or other travel documents. The best approach we’ve learned is to make copies or scans of all your important documents and email one copy to yourself and one copy to a friend or family member. Make sure you keep your original in your carry on bag to avoid getting stranded.trail-mix-946119_640
  6. Healthy snacks. Beside the obvious benefit of saving your wallet from paying over inflated prices for airport food, being prepared with healthy snacks is a good idea for multiple reasons. Keeping your hunger at bay will keep you feeling content and more able to cope with unexpected travel issues. Plus, healthy snacks won’t leave you feeling bloated and fatigued, which goes a long way when you’re stuck in an airplane for hours on end.

What are some of your must-have items that you keep in your carry on? Share in the comments below!

Travel Tip Tuesday: 6 Tips to Surviving Holiday Travel

Happy Tuesday AirPretty travelers! Every Tuesday we offer you some helpful travel tips from our community of travel experts. This week we’re mixing it up a little bit and sharing some tips from our AirPretty staffers!

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The holidays are just around the corner, which means so are security lines, delays, and lost luggage. Check out our six tips to surviving holiday travel.

1. Consider more than price when booking flights

We all know holiday travel is expensive, so it’s easy to book the cheapest flight without a second thought. But don’t forget, the holidays also fall right in the middle of travel’s least favorite season.

Heading to a snowy destination? Be prepared for weather delays going in and out. We like to load an extra book or two onto our Kindle just in case.

Connecting somewhere? Make sure you do a little research on your stop-over options. For example, a layover in Minneapolis might be cheaper, but you could save yourself a snowstorm delay by flying through somewhere like Houston or Atlanta.

2. Carry-on

Losing your luggage is never fun, but it hurts a little extra when your holiday outfit or gifts for your loved ones go missing too. Save yourself some last minute shopping trips by keeping your suitcase with you.

3. Don’t pack your coat; wear it

Holiday travel also means having to squeeze your bulky winter wardrobe into your space-limited suitcase. We’ve all had to make the decision between including that cute sweater we got on Black Friday or a second pair of boots… it’s not easy! Therefore, we suggest freeing up some space in your luggage by wearing your coat while traveling. Not only can you pack a few extra items in its place, but you can also use it as a blanket to keep warm in the air.

4. Invest in TSA PreCheck

Only $85 to skip security lines for five years- and you don’t have to take your shoes off or your liquids out of your bag? We’re in! Unfortunately it’s a little too late to sign-up for this holiday season, but you can get a head start on the process for next year.

5. Think about buying a day-pass to your airline’s lounge

Regardless of the reason (a delay, a layover, just getting to the airport early, etc), a long wait in the airport can be one of the worst parts of air travel. Food is pricey, gate seating disappears quickly, and good luck finding an outlet! If you want to make the wait a little more bearable, check out the local airline lounge. Most airlines sell day-passes, which will give you access to buffets, bars, faster wifi, and armchairs. Depending on how stressful your day has been (or will be), it could be worth the splurge.

6. And of course… don’t forget your AirPretty!

It’s easy to be cranky if you’re not feeling your best. Luckily, AirPretty has you covered – make sure you keep yours at the top of your carry-on so you can make sure you’re looking and feeling glamorous through even the longest of delays.

About this week’s Tip Tuesday contributor:
sophia-photoSophia is a Boston native, California transplant, and world traveler. Her mom is a flight attendant, so I guess you could say globetrotting is in her blood! Check out her (self-admittedly neglected) Instagram for photos of her adventures. She’s is also managing the social media accounts for AirPretty – so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Don’t forget to share your tips in the comments below for a chance to be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday! Check back next Tuesday for more helpful travel tips!

Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips from Kristen Kellogg of Border Free Travels

Happy Tuesday AirPretty travelers! Every Tuesday we offer you some helpful travel tips from our community of travel experts. Share your tips in the comments below and you might be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday!

We connected with Kristen Kellogg of Border Free Travels for her best tips to looking and feeling great while traveling.


“I always used to struggle with the fact that I couldn’t arrive feeling fresh after long haul flights,”
 she explained. And we totally sympathize!

One of her biggest challenges was keeping her skin clean and feeling fresh. Clearly space is limited on a plane, and you’re not equipped with your entire bathroom cabinet to primp and freshen up. Kristen’s solution? “To combat the lack of space to wash my face properly in an airline bathroom, I usually skip the makeup altogether.” Experts and Airpretty agree that flying makeup-free is the way to go. Check out our article on Why Not to Wear Makeup on a Flight and let us know your experience with flying fresh faced!

Another great suggestion for keeping your skin feeling smooth and fresh: “opt for all natural moisturizer, allowing [your] skin to breathe.” We agree! And we certainly know a thing or two about all natural ingredients and healthy moisturizers.

Advocating travel sized skincare products, Kristen recommends choosing products that are all natural and food grade. Kristen Kellogg Border Free ProductionsThis will leave your skin clean, protected, and radiant on and off the flight. Plus, those smaller sizes are easy to get through TSA and convenient for your carry on bag.

To keep your eyes from drying out and getting irritated during the long haul flights, Kristen suggests “wear[ing] a hat to block the pesky recycled air that comes from the vents above. As an added bonus, wearing a hat hides bad hair after a long flight.”

Don’t forget to share your tips in the comments below for a chance to be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday! Check back next Tuesday for more helpful travel tips!