Finally! The weekend is here and you’ve already booked your flight (hopefully after extensive research and got the best deal) and now you’re RET-TA-GO. Usually my trips are over the weekend or a holiday extended weekend where time off is more lengthy than normal. So, how do I prepare for it in the most cost efficient ways? I got you, i’m here for you..let me break it down.

Usually 3-4 day weekend trips require 3-4 outfits, and if you’re anything like me it’ll require 6-8 outfits – a girl gotta have options. Proper luggage is key to saving you money while traveling for short periods. Most airlines charge for checked luggage and carry on bags, BUT there is a way around that. You are are allowed one “personal item”. It will behoove you to take full advantage of that. A “personal item” has to be able to fit under the seat in front of you. I’ve bought mine from Amazon (of course) and it’s my go-to bag. One trip back home, I managed to fit 7 outfits, 4 pairs of shoes, pajamas, undergarments, my hair care products and all my toiletries. The TRUTH. Listennnn here, this bag saved me soo many times. It’s lightweight and waterproof just in case the plane has to land in water. I’ve never been questioned about it and it fits perfectly under the seat. If the plane isn’t full, you can even store it in the overhead bin so you can have some leg room 😉

I CANNOT express enough just how important and convenient this little beauty is. Whether it’s saving me time at the airport or just simply being more convenient of not having to strip down when walking through the body scanners at the airport.
TSA Pre check is basically a program where you get expedited passage through Transportation Security Administration at DOMESTIC airports. – whet? To sum it up, you can pass through the security lines without removing electronics from carry on bags, taking off your jacket or belt, taking off your shoes or even removing liquids from your bag. LIT- yeah, i know. If you are an active duty service member you are automatically enrolled. Federal government employees must enable the option on the MILCONNECT website. For all others, you can simply apply at the TSA website. No worries, I’ve included the website below.

I want TSA Pre Check!

The annual fee for TSA is only $85 for FIVE years. You can’t beat that. Less wait time & more convenience. Probably one of the best travel hacks for me. Applying is easy, you submit a 5 minute application online, select an appointment time, do a in person 10 minute background check and fingerprint scanning & upon enrollment you’ll get a “known traveler number” which is what you’ll enter when booking your flight. Don’t eat out for a month and buy this! You won’t regret it.

3. Headphones

After you’ve packed, gotten through security and now waiting to board your flight. There’s one last thing that you definitely need to get you to your next destination with ease. If you are one of those people who can just knock out and fall asleep as soon as you get to your seat- good for you. I envy you. But if you aren’t, like me… you’ll need some quality HEADPHONES. It seems, soo minute but it actually makes a hell of a difference. There has been a few times I’ve left my headphones at home and just to my luck there was a restless toddler who screamed the entire way or two tipsy friends meeting up – and forgot they were sitting right beside each but still continued to talk loudly to each other. Y’all know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. So, miserably i had to sit there & listen. I have specific travel headphones, i only use them when i travel and they stay with all my travel gear/necessities (i.e. passport, shower bag etc.) . Invest yourself in some quality headphones, hell even noise canceling headphones if you can.

I hope these helped you all with your upcoming travel. If there is something else i missed let me know in the comments 🙂