Going through the airport formalities before you finally board your plane can often be a pain in the neck, unless you know of a few hacks that’ll help you sail through it all like a breeze. Here’s how you can make the wisest use of your time, and money, at the airport, with as little hassle as possible.

Not having your Airline/Airport App downloaded on the phone

Having your carrier’s app downloaded is important because they alert you if your flight is delayed or canceled, even before you leave for the airport. The information on the app is often more up-to-date than in the terminal.

Not checking-in online

There’s absolutely no reason for you to not check-in online before a flight. You not only get to choose a seat of your choice, but save yourself some major time by not having to stand in the line snaking up to the ticket counter. If you don’t have any luggage to check, even better; just skip the counter and head straight to the security line.

Wearing uncomfortable clothes

You can dress simply and yet look nice; as a thumb rule, eliminate chunky jewellery, tight belts, and difficult to take off shoes and socks – when you dress for a flight.

Not buying an Airport Lounge Pass

Let’s bust this myth for you: you don’t have to be an elite flyer, or an airline member to avail access to airport lounges. Most of them can be accessed for a certain fee. If you have a long international layover, or have reached the airport hours in advance, investing in a lounge pass is worth every bit the penny.

Not bringing food with you

Whether it’s the food at the airport restaurant or the aircraft, they not only taste just about okay, but also come at a hefty price. Save yourself money, and unnecessary headache, by taking simple sandwiches, cookies, some fruits and nuts in your carry-on. Just remember to not take liquid-y stuff such as yogurt or soup.

Not marking your luggage

Save yourself the hassle of looking at each bag on the baggage claim; put a nice, bright coloured tag on your suitcase so that you have no doubt it’s yours. Put your contact info on it, lest it were to go missing.