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Checking-in with AirAsia the traditional way? Here are some tips that you need to know, before you make your way to the airport.

  • Upon your arrival at the airport, look for your AirAsia check-in through its monitors.
  • Follow all the airport’s security protocols.
  • Once you’ve arrived at the counter, queue up, and wait for your turn.
  • When it’s your turn, show your AirAsia ticket and valid ID to the check-in counter’s agent.
  • Wait for the agent to print your boarding pass, with your seat number.
  • Go to your designated boarding area.

Don’t want to queue up at the counter for your next AirAsia flight? Guess what? You can save a whole lot more time by using AirAsia’s web check-in services. Plus, it’s free, hassle-free, simple, and can be done within a couple of minutes. To top it all off, it’s pretty convenient since it can be done anywhere with internet access.

Important notes for AirAsia web check-in:

  • Web check-in is available for groups with up to 50 guests per booking.
  • Web check-in is available from 14 days up to an hour prior to the departure for AirAsia flights (DJ, I5, Z2, PQ, FD, QZ and AK) and up to 4 hours for AirAsia X flights (XT, XJ and D7).
  • Anyone who’s traveling to an international destination with AirAsia is required to validate their Kiosk/Web boarding pass at the self check-in counter of the airport. Even if you’ve finished checking-in online, your boarding pass will be considered invalid, until it’s stamped as validation proof.
  • You can select or change your seat with AirAsia’s online check-in service.
  • Don’t have a printer? With AirAsia web check-in feature, you’ll get a 2D barcode on your smartphone, and scan it at one of their kiosks at the airport. Alternatively, you may receive your boarding pass through email. Then, you can save a copy of it, and print your boarding pass later.

Web check-in process:

  • Log on to checkin.airasia.com.
  • Select your departure, and key in your booking number.
  • Select the name of the guest that you’d like to check-in.
  • Pick a seat or purchase add-ons (optional) and enter your details for payment.
  • Select how you would like to get your flight boarding pass – via email or SMS.
  • Print your boarding pass or use the 2D barcode.
  • On the day of your departure, bring your boarding pass to board the plane. If you have luggage to check-in, drop it off at the baggage drop off counter. Otherwise, walk over to the documents check counter, to have your documents verified.

AirAsia web check-in isn’t available for:

  • Passengers with an illness or medical condition.
  • Solo travelers below 16 years of age.
  • Passengers with special needs and reduced mobility.
  • Passengers traveling with an infant.
  • Pregnant passengers.

How to use your smartphone to make boarding an airplane a breeze

Can’t find a dependable internet connection? As with the airline’s online check-in service, you can also skip the airport’s long queues by using their check-in kiosks. Within a few minutes, you can check-in to your AirAsia flight, and print your boarding pass.

Important notes when using AirAsia check-in kiosks:

  • Available at airports in India, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
  • You may check-in 14 days up to an hour prior to your scheduled departure time.
  • You can use the check-in kiosks, to print your boarding pass by scanning the barcode on your smartphone.

AirAsia check-in kiosk process:

  • Make your way to the airport’s AirAsia check-in kiosk.
  • Enter you booking number, and tap confirm.
  • Click the name of the guest that you’d like to check-in, and select confirm.
  • Wait for the kiosk to print your boarding pass.
  • Board the plane. If you have luggage to check-in, drop it off at the baggage drop off counter. Otherwise, walk over to the documents check counter, to have your documents verified.

AirAsia web check-in isn’t available for:

  • Passengers with an illness or medical condition.
  • Solo travelers below 16 years of age.
  • Passengers with special needs and reduced mobility.
  • Passengers traveling with an infant.
  • Pregnant passengers.

Of course, AirAsia has a mobile app that lets you check-in and verify yourself for your flight at your fingerprints. Available for Android and iOS devices, this mobile app definitely adds a unique dimension to AirAsia check-in services.

Checking-in with this tool is extremely easy and simple. Once you’re checked-in for your flight, you’ll get an E-Boarding Pass or 2D barcode that you can save and later on use to print your pass at one of the airports kiosks. And yes, you can use your E-Boarding Pass, to skip the long lines, and go straight to the boarding gate (as long as you’re eligible).

E-boarding pass information

To use your E-Boarding Pass, make sure to check out these essential notes and tips:

  • Only 1 passenger is allowed for every E-Boarding Pass.
  • Available only for passengers traveling from Indonesia, Philippines (Manila), Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia.
  • This service can’t be used for flights to Australia.
  • Only available for visa-free destinations.

Important notes for AirAsia mobile check-in:

  • Web check-in is available from 14 days up to an hour prior to the departure for AirAsia flights, and up to 4 hours for AirAsia X flights.
  • AirAsia mobile can be used to book and search flights too.

Mobile check-in process:

  • Download the app at airasia.com/kh/en/airasia-mobile-app.page
  • Open the app on your smartphone.
  • Go the mobile check-in tab, and check if you’re qualified.
  • Select your departure airport, and key in your booking number.
  • Select the name of the guest that you’d like to check-in.
  • Pick a seat or purchase add-ons (optional) and enter your details for payment.
  • Download your E-Boarding Pass or use the 2D barcode.
  • On the day of your departure, bring your boarding pass to board the plane. If you have luggage to check-in, drop it off at the baggage drop off counter. Otherwise, walk over to the documents check counter, to have your documents verified.

AirAsia mobile check-in isn’t available for:

  • Passengers with an illness or medical condition.
  • Solo travelers below 16 years of age.
  • Passengers with special needs and reduced mobility.
  • Passengers traveling with an infant.
  • Pregnant passengers.

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How to use your smartphone to make boarding an airplane a breeze

By Robyn Wright

Hopefully you will be taking a vacation this summer. If you are, then your smartphone can be a great travel companion. You can use it to stay in touch with friends and family back home; it can keep you entertained while you wait at airports or take those long road trips; it can help you stay organized; and it can even capture some priceless vacation memories.

Take a few minutes before you leave to download some travel apps and learn how your smartphone can make your vacation even easier and more relaxing. Here are some suggestions:

Airplane mode

If you are flying, you can now use your smartphone in-flight but you still need to put it in airplane mode. Airplane mode disables talk, text and data but you can still play games, watch downloaded movies or listen to your playlists (see below). Airplane mode is usually found under Settings and is as simple as tapping an on/off button.

Airplane mode can also be a useful option while you are on the ground, ensuring that you don’t incur any data or roaming charges due to unexpected updates or phone calls.

Airline apps

Most of the major airlines now have mobile apps. As well as providing useful information like flight status and airport directions, they also eliminate the need to print a boarding pass. Just check in via the app and the on-screen boarding pass can be scanned at security prior to boarding your airplane. A bonus tip: take a screenshot of your boarding pass just in case you can’t get a signal at the airport when you need it. The screenshot is scannable as well.

Maps and navigation

Most smartphones have some kind of built-in map and navigation app. Plus, there are many more available in the app stores. Pick one and learn how to use it before you leave. It can be frustrating if you are somewhere new and need directions but you don’t know how to use the app. I love HERE Maps on my Nokia Lumia Icon, especially as it lets me download the maps and use them interactively, even if I have no data connection.

Download your favorite media

Rather than streaming everything, you are better off saving some media (music, movies, video, etc.) directly to your device for your travels. You may not always have a data connection and, even if you do, streaming can eat into your data plan and cost you a lot of money. Even though your airline may have on-board Internet service, you can’t normally stream movies using their connection.

Keep all of your important phones numbers, addresses, confirmation numbers and similar items in notes on your smartphone. You don’t want to have to depend on a data connection to access this information. If you are using an app that requires an Internet connection, then take some screenshots (that save to your photo gallery), so the information is always available.

Turn on photo location services

Many of us turn off the location services on our smartphone cameras while we are at home. However, when you are on vacation you might want to turn these back on. As you snap photos, the location data will be saved and it can help you remember where you were. There are some great apps that will create albums for you, including maps that feature your pictures.

Learning how to perform these simple tasks and getting to know any apps you plan on using during your vacation will save you time and money. We are lucky to have such amazing tools in the palms of our hands that are ready to respond to our every command. Enjoy your trip with your new best travel companion!

How to use your smartphone to make boarding an airplane a breeze

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New mobile communication devices are entering the market at such a quick pace that the number of cruise passengers boarding a ship with a smartphone, tablet, laptop or all the above in tow is higher than it’s ever been. As the cruise lines themselves catch up with new technologies, it’s important as consumers to be wise in how to use the systems onboard to connect.

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As a quick primer, most ships have two wireless networks that can be joined onboard: Wi-Fi and cellular. Both predominantly utilize a satellite connection and, because of their bandwidth limitations, cost considerably more for travelers to use than shoreside equivalents. Many devices can join both, one or the other, or neither, and it’s important to know when and how to configure them accordingly.

Don’t Be Afraid

Reports of astronomical roaming charges are enough to scare anyone into keeping their phone exclusively on “airplane mode” as a precaution to avoid any such fees, but merely turning on your cellular or Wi-Fi antenna does not necessarily mean charges are automatically on their way. Cellular is the one you have to be the most careful with, though, as any unforeseen incoming calls and texts will incur charges as well as any you place out.

Only Join Cellular If You Intend to Call or Text Out

Turning your cellular antenna on and joining the network likes of “Cellular at Sea” on a ship is the equivalent of roaming internationally, and will cost accordingly when placing a call or sending a text. Therefore, this connection should be used sparingly. Apple users can iMessage other Apple users over Wi-Fi instead of texting as an alternative as well.

Interestingly, Wireless Maritime Services and the “Cellular at Sea” network are actually part of AT&T, and the company’s cellular customers can save by purchasing a discounted package as you might internationally. The tiered structures include varying combinations of included talk time, texts and data usage.

Take Advantage of Free Wi-Fi Services

Alternatively, there are no inbound nor outbound penalties for simply joining the ship’s guest Wi-Fi network. In fact, there are many services available via native and web apps that freely utilize the wireless network. Most cruise line apps – native ones for iOS or Android of which are best downloaded ahead of your cruise – can access daily schedules, port and shore excursion information, deck plans and, in some cases, passenger text messaging systems and on-demand movies or TV complimentarily.

Select a Larger Internet Package

If you need to access the internet and your emails, you will need to pre-purchase a package or pay as you go, unless your cruise line offers it for free. Keep in mind that the connection will be much slower than the bandwidth speeds you are accustomed to at home or in the office. While newer systems are faster than they used to be, they are still slower in comparison.

So, it’s likely going to take more time to browse and access your email than you expect. As most cruise ship internet plans are time-limited, you need to consider which to buy carefully. You can pay by the minute, but packages are a better value. Should you exceed your time, of course, you can buy another package, but the simpler thing to do is to start out with one that’s likely longer than you think you’ll need just to be safe.

Login Strategically

Once you log on to the internet, time starts ticking off right away, so only stay on for as long as you actually need a live connection. If you’re checking email, download your messages and their content fully, and then log off when you’re actually reading them and responding to them. Write drafts, and only log back in when you are ready to send them. Also, as incoming messages begin to download, start deleting any junk mail to save your device time from downloading unwanted messages. You can similarly load individual web pages in separate tabs then logoff while actually viewing them.

Alternatively Take a Disney Cruise Line Trip

Disney Cruise Line differs from the rest, as far as internet connections are concerned, by offering plans based on data usage instead of time. That is, you can stay logged in all the time, and only when your browsing or email downloading reaches a set amount of data throughput are you disconnected. If all you are needing is email access and basic browsing, this alternative can go much farther than the time-based ones, but beware social media, especially Facebook, which eat through data swiftly.

Board a Newer or Recently Refurbished Ship

Those requiring the absolute best connection at sea, who like to Skype or Periscope while on vacation, should seek out the newest ships or at least those that have been newly refurbished. More often than not, these are the ones that will feature the newest infrastructures and systems, and some are beginning to approach true high-bandwidth connections for even streaming video. Carnival Corporation, for instance, is making a point of rolling out faster internet connections across its fleets over time, and Royal Caribbean International features Voom on its newest ships, utilizing a dedicated satellite beam for more reliability.

Or Just Disconnect

The last thing to consider is the option to just disconnect altogether and unwind from technology during your cruise. Some genuinely require a connection, but quite a few do not. Sometimes it’s nice just to remove the noise and clutter from our lives and truly escape on vacation.

This article originally appeared on BusinessInsider.com.

Flight attendants fly a lot, so they get plenty of opportunities to hone their travel skills.

Six flight attendants told Business Insider their best travel hacks. Most asked for anonymity due to a fear of reprisal from their employer.

Here’s what they said.

The photos in this story do not depict the flight attendants Business Insider interviewed.

Read the fine print when you buy your ticket

“It’s worth reading all that fine print in those disclaimers,” a flight attendant for Spirit Airlines said. Doing so could save money on your carry-on bags, she said.

Use the website Skyscanner to find the lowest fares

“I’ve found a lot of great deals on there,” the Spirit flight attendant said of Skyscanner.

Always bring a water bottle

“I always travel with a reusable water bottle,” a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines said. “Every airport, in the US at least, has a spot to fill your water bottle.”

Always bring a portable charger

“I always travel with a portable charger,” the Delta flight attendant said. “Not all airports have a ton of chargers or outlets or you can’t get to them, and some older airplanes don’t have them, or there’ll only be two for the whole row of three.”

Don’t pack too much

“Be sure to not pack too much when traveling,” a flight attendant for United Airlines said.

Get to the airport early

“Give yourself plenty of time because feeling rushed is just gonna make your travel experience more stressful than it needs to be,” the United flight attendant said.

Travel in the morning

“I tell people to travel in the morning,” said Kevin Cain, a flight attendant for PSA Airlines. “Evening is when delays throughout the day have built up.”

Bring your own entertainment

“Always bring your own entertainment and charging stuff,” Cain said. “Sometimes your plane won’t have Wi-Fi, so it’s always good to download something offline on Netflix or bring an iPad if you have one.”

Ask for another cup when being served ice

“Whenever you’re being served ice, ask for them to serve it with another cup because the ice scoop is actually not very clean,” said a flight attendant for a regional airline that works with United Airlines and American Airlines.

Don’t drink hot tea or coffee

“Don’t drink the coffee. Don’t drink the hot tea. The water is not the best,” the regional-airline flight attendant said.

Be over-prepared

“Travel is unpredictable,” said a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines. “You never know what’s going to happen.”

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Once upon a time, a plane ticket was an actual piece of paper that you received from a travel agent, at the ticket counter or in the mail; you surrendered part of that paper ticket when you checked in for your flight. Nowadays, you receive an electronic ticket instead, with a confirmation code that you can use to quickly access the ticket information stored in your airline’s database.

Checking in With Machines

Because all your ticket information is stored in the airline’s database, most airlines let you check in without ever seeing a human being, except to drop off your checked bags. Just check in using the airline’s mobile app, in which case you’ll receive an electronic ticket that the departure gate attendant can scan off your smartphone’s screen; or check in at one of your airline’s airport kiosks. Once the kiosk has located your electronic record, it’ll print a paper boarding pass you can use to get through the security checkpoint and onto the plane.

Checking in With Airline Staff

If you need extra help or have trouble pulling up the electronic record of your ticket, you can also check in with the attendants at your airline’s ticketing desk, where they can use your ID to access the e-ticket and print a boarding pass for you.

One thing an electronic ticket can’t do is make sure you’re on time for your flight. If you’re in the habit of cutting it close, tricks like traveling with only a carry-on (so you don’t have to stand in line to check a bag) and using TSA Pre-Check to breeze through the security checkpoint can make the difference between missing your plane or getting aboard in good time.

The Advantages of Electronic Tickets

There are many advantages to having your ticket information stored in an electronic database, which is really the core of what makes an e-ticket. To start, the International Air Transport Association, which represents some 83 percent of air traffic around the world, estimates that e-tickets save the industry up to $3 billion every year. Having electronic tickets also means that the paper boarding pass is disposable; if you lose it, airline staff can simply print you another. Lost airline tickets were much more problematic back in the day when each slip of paper represented actual money. Finally, having your ticket information stored electronically makes it much easier to change itineraries, cancel flights and even shuffle seats around. Nowadays, you can do all of that on your own, online or through your airline’s mobile app, without even having to speak to a human being.

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Air travel is the fastest way to travel over long distances, but it can be stressful to pack and make sure that you have done everything correctly in order to get through airport security. There are many rules and regulations that travelers must follow. However, as long as you are familiar with the guidelines and get everything ready in advance, you should have no issues traveling by airplane.

When you are on a plane, you are traveling. So, essentially, how you would travel when flying on a plane is you would sit down and enjoy the ride.

Houston Airports release tips to make your summer travel experience a breeze.

How to use your smartphone to make boarding an airplane a breeze

Summer is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year.

Summer is here, and that conjures up images of sunny days, splashing at the pool and backyard barbeques. It also means summer vacation travel. With that travel season in full swing, expect the number of people coming to the Houston Airport System’s two main commercial airports — George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby airports — to increase. In 2015, the two airports combined to serve more than 15 million passengers during June, July and August.

With the higher numbers traveling, passengers should arrive at least two hours before their flight departure and anticipate that the security process will last at least 30 minutes.

Houston Airports’ reimagined website, fly2houston.com, can make that easier, with specific information about flights, parking, dining and shopping options and other amenities available at each individual airport.

Here are some additional tips to make your travel easy and stress-free:

Get plugged in
Technology is making travel easier and more convenient. Take advantage of that using the free high-speed WiFi available at all Houston airports. Use the web to get the latest flight information and check in for your flight 24 hours prior to departure. The digital bar code on the screen of your Smartphone can often be used during the check-in process. And, there are plenty of outlets and “charging” stands available at both airports to allow you to recharge all your electronics before the flight. Also, passengers can utilize the self-service check-in kiosks. These machines are offered by most airlines and allow passengers to print boarding passes, check luggage, select seats and purchase upgrades.

Parking
There are plenty of options at both airports for parking, both at the terminals and at the affordable ecopark locations. There are nearly 27,000 spaces available at Bush Intercontinental, including a new ecopark2 location on Will Clayton Boulevard, and with additional spaces now available in the new parking garage, nearly 7,000 spaces available at Hobby Airport. You can check our website to see learn more about our parking options at each airport by visiting the Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airport parking pages.

Getting to your flight
Along with an early arrival — did we mention that it’s a good idea to arrive two hours before your scheduled departure, if possible? — it’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with Transportation Security Administration procedures at www.tsa.gov to ensure what you pack in your carry-on is compliant with TSA standards. Passengers are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in carry-on bags and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage better facilitates the screening process. Also remember that passengers are required to declare and check any firearms they are traveling with, and store their firearm in an approved case. Learn more about that at this link. And, because July 4 is just around the corner, remember that traveling with fireworks is prohibited. To make getting through security checkpoints easier and quicker, have your boarding pass and ID ready for display, remove your shoes and everything from your pockets before going through the metal detector or whole body imaging technology. If you’re a member of TSA Pre✓, follow the signs at checkpoints to participate in expedited screening. If you are taking an international flight, make sure your passport is with you and up to date. It’s a good idea to make copies of these documents and carry an extra set with them should the original identification be lost or stolen.

Getting back home
All Houston Airports are “active loading” facilities — which means parking is not permitted near terminals in designated loading and unloading areas — however, there is a way to get to the airport early without having to park in a terminal garage or drive laps in the traffic circling the facilities. Cell phone lots at both Bush Airport and Hobby Airport are available for those waiting to pick up arriving passengers. There are two cell phone lots at Bush Airport — one just off northbound John F. Kennedy Boulevard and one off westbound Will Clayton Boulevard — and at Hobby Airport a cell phone lot is available on westbound Airport Boulevard, just before the entrance to the airport. The lots are open every day, and there is no charge to park at the cell phone lots for short term waits. Signage marks all three locations, and drivers can wait there until their arriving party calls to tell you they have picked up their checked bags and are ready for you to pick them up at curbside. Using the cell phone lots can alleviate both congestion on the pickup and drop off locations and provide a quick, stress-free trip to the airport.

Passengers also can get updates on available parking and more by following the HAS Twitter accounts @IAH and @HobbyAirport.

Learn more about both airports at the Houston Airport System website.

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How to use your smartphone to make boarding an airplane a breeze

Paper boarding passes may soon become obsolete. (Photo: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images )

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Aside from reducing waste and helping the environment, electronic tickets benefit travelers in many ways. For starters, a mobile boarding pass is a lot easier to keep track of than a paper ticket, as long as you don’t lose your phone. Mobile boarding passes also can save on valuable travel time, because unless you’re checking bags, you no longer need to collect a ticket at the counter. Phone in hand, you can head straight to the TSA security checkpoint.

Whether you’re flying international and have a Delta e boarding pass or are looking to simplify your next Southwest Airlines check-in, electronic tickets allow you to use your phone instead of a paper boarding pass. Quick, efficient and hassle-free, mobile boarding passes are making air travel easier on passengers and the environment.

Understanding Mobile Boarding Passes

A mobile boarding pass works just like a paper ticket. It contains your name, flight number and a QR code that can be scanned by TSA agents as well as by flight staff before you board the plane. Similar to a paper pass, you will still need government-issued identification, whether it’s for a Southwest Airlines check-in or a flight to Australia. The most common forms of accepted identification for domestic travel include a driver’s license, passport or military ID.

Download Your E-Ticket

Airlines let you collect your mobile boarding pass differently. With JetBlue, for example, passengers should download the airline’s app to their phone where they can check in, access their ticket and even select a seat. The app, which is also available in Spanish, can be scanned at U.S. airports as well as in a few places abroad.

Southwest Airlines check-in is similar, and mobile boarding passes can be downloaded in the Southwest app or saved to your smartphone. Travelers can use their electronic boarding pass from their email or text message link.

Some international airlines also offer e-tickets, such as Lufthansa and Emirates. The Delta e boarding pass is popular with travelers and can be used at airports all around the world. For frequent flyers who may not always have access to a printer, the Delta e-boarding pass makes checking in for flights a seamless process.

All airlines will let you know if mobile boarding passes are available, usually in your confirmation email. If you’re not sure whether the airports you’re traveling through have scanners for QR codes (most U.S. airports do), American Airlines has published a list on their website.

Using Your Mobile Boarding Pass at the Airport

Keep a few things in mind when using your mobile boarding pass to ensure hassle-free travel. First, you will need data or a Wi-Fi connection to access your ticket. Ensure you’re checked in and have your pass downloaded to your phone before arriving at the airport. It’s also best to increase the display brightness on your mobile device because a brighter screen makes it easier for the scanner to read the QR code.

If you end up having issues with your mobile boarding pass at the airport, don’t worry. Airline staff can assist you in printing out a paper ticket, so you can continue with your trip.

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Kayti Christian is a London-based freelance writer and journalist hailing from Colorado, USA. With a forthcoming Master’s degree in Nonfiction Writing and more than thirty stamps in her passport, she is passionate about telling meaningful stories from around the globe. Her articles have appeared in Fodor’s Travel, USA Today Travel Tips, The Good Trade, Passion Passport and ELSEWHERE.

There aren’t many ways to avoid the fatigue and boredom of a long flight, but this gear, from long-life laptops and game systems to smart luggage and shoes, can help. Bon voyage!

How to use your smartphone to make boarding an airplane a breeze

Summer is upon us, and you know what that means—travel season. With bags packed and itinerary set, your foreign vacation is taking over your daydreams.

But are you ready to spend 10+ hours sitting in a chair while floating 30,000 feet in the air? There aren’t many ways to avoid the fatigue and boredom of a long flight, but these gadgets are sure to help.

Just remember to get up and stretch to keep your blood flowing (compression socks can help avoid swelling and discomfort in legs and feet) and pack some moisturizer and lip balm; altitude can cause extremely dry skin. Bon voyage!

Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones

Smart Luggage

Portable Charger

E-Book Reader

Long Battery Life Laptop

Handheld Gaming

Sleep Mask

The illumy Smart Sleep Mask is the intelligent alternative to a sleep mask. Not only is illumy comfortable, but it uses light to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up naturally. To fall asleep, it uses red toned “sunset” lighting that tells your mind and body it’s time to sleep. Then, when it’s time to wake up, it uses blue “sunrise” light to tell your body it’s morning. It also features something called “Sleep Enhance Pacing Technology,” which uses pulsing light to help you relax and stay asleep.

Smart Shoe Insoles

Jet Lag Calculator

Portable Cocktail Kit

Courtesy Counts

But are you ready to spend 10+ hours sitting in a chair while floating 30,000 feet in the air? There aren’t many ways to avoid the fatigue and boredom of a long flight, but these gadgets are sure to help. \n\n

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