Summer time is the busiest season for airport travel. Families are traveling more since the kids are out of school, which means the airports are often more crowded. We all know how hectic airport situation can be when you’re dealing with kids, your luggage, a stroller, and more. Why add to the stress? There are ways to make your travel, especially if you’re flying out, a bit easier. You just have to plan ahead. Don’t worry, if you follow these tips below, you’ll be managing your summer airport travel for your family like a pro!

Save time by choosing wisely. Schedule your flights for non-peak days, for example, fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday when the airport is less busy. You will not be caught up in long lines checking in for your flight or for airport security. Or if you’d like to avoid it altogether, you can do what we did and apply for Global Entry for every single member of your family. The $300 it cost us was well worth it for the five years of not having to stand on lines or take off our shoes when going through security.

Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. I am so pro pre-planning. I create excel spreadsheets with packing lists, our itinerary, emergency contacts, etc. One thing that makes me nervous is not being prepared for our airport travel, and it should also make you nervous. Make sure everything is in order before you get to the airport. Have all of your confirmations, proper identification and valid passports (if needed). Also, downloading the airlines app may also serve to be beneficial allowing you to check-in and receive status updates on your flight.

Organize your things. As a Virgo woman, I believe in organization, especially when it comes to airport travel. I feel so much better when I know exactly where are my travel documents including our ID’s. There’s nothing like knowing you brought something with you, but not knowing where you put it, so make sure everything is where you can quickly grab them, but still in a safe place. Oh, and remember to clean out your bag. There’s no need to bring along 10 different lipsticks, which is something I’m guilty of. Trust me, two is enough, and your bag will have less clutter and be lighter.

Pack Light. In the words of Erykah Badu “Pack light.” Seriously, you’re going on vacation, and more than likely it will be hot. There’s no need to pack a ton of clothing, and items you know you will not use.  Pack a few cute swimsuits, interchangeable items that can make different outfits, and at least two pair of shoes that can go with mostly anything.  Trust me, you don’t want to check-in your luggage only to find out you have to pay an overweight luggage fee. If anything, purchase a luggage scale to weigh your bag at home. You don’t want to spend more time at the check-in counter over a heavy bag, which may lead to you missing your flight and spending even more money.

Now that you’re armed with these timesaving tips to help you through your summer airport travel, go catch your flight(s) with your family with no stress attached.

Thank me later!

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  • I like to pack everything in one luggage, which means that my husband can’t pack denim when we all travel together. His clothes weigh a ton, lol.

  • NewYorkStateof MoM

    Now I have to look into global entry although I’ve been lucky the last few times I flew and got through without hold ups. The Pisces in me won’t let me get into spreadsheets lol but I knowing where my things are and in order makes things so much easier.

    • Global Entry is the BEST. We last used it when we were traveling with my mom who doesn’t have GE. Because our tickets were purchased together, she was able to go through security with us.

  • Brigitte

    Awesome, awareness to first time vacationers as well as veterans. Any ideas that less stressful and causes less time consuming for the customers and the customers services representatives, is a win win situation. Thanks, Beauty & Bumpy, for thoroughly organizing vacation tools for all vacationing consumers.

    • You’re welcome. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment. 🙂

  • Valerie Robinson

    Packing “light” has been my downfall! I’m getting better at not bringing my whole closet and these are great tips!

  • Kalilah Wright

    Let me know when you can come over to my house and pull me together. Please and thank you… because the way my travel plans are set up, im bound to leave a child, a passport, or myself lol. thanks for the great tips.

    • lol I’m a Virgo. It is in my nature. What can I do to help?

  • foodfashionandflow

    Packing light is the best advice. I appreciate these tips because I have a tendency to over pack when I travel.

  • These are awesome tips. As a chronic over packer, I have been trying to pack light as much as I can.

  • The thing about travel serious is the point A to B. Prepare ahead of time never try to pack the same day big no no no!!! Great tips!

  • Tia @ financiallyfitandfab

    I am jealous that you have global entry! I am considering getting it but I am not sure if it is worth it. Certain credit cards have the global entry for free so I am considering going that route.

    • You need Global Entry. We can not imagine traveling without it.

  • Great tips! I’m a Type A planner like you – I love planning and organizing. I’m also a light packer. My husband and I are team carry-on and we rarely travel with more than our Timbuk2 Wingman backpacks – I love them!

  • I may be traveling soon so these tips came right on time. Never thought about interchangeable outfits though.

  • Holly

    Nice tips. Most people never pack light. I am not sure what people pack in their bags…the kitchen sink perhaps.

  • Eva

    I have been thinking about Global Entry. I pretty much have packing light down, now that the kids are older. Narrowing down my shoes is still an issue.

  • Melissa Velazquez

    These are great tips. Since traveling with justaBXgirl I definitely learned how to trim down my packing. I still over pack for her but I’m getting better. I also usually try to leave out on really early flights or mid-afternoon ones so that she will more than likely sleep for most of it.

    • Thank you. With smaller kids, I find we have to bring a bit more. I guess we’re travel twins since I try to leave when I know our daughter will be asleep lol It makes the trip less painful.

  • Tomiko

    Great tips especially the pack light!! I don’t people realize they will not wear half of the clothing they pack

    • Thank you. I used to over pack, and bring items for those “just in case” moments that never happened, and yeah, I didn’t wear half my things. SMH