FLIGHT TRAVEL TIPS
For a long flight (4 or more hours), you should think about getting COMPRESSION SOCKS - to keep blood clots from forming - avoid deep vein thrombosis. There is debate on its usefulness but better safe than sorry. March your legs while sitting, and stretch them back and forth. Do get up and walk around, stretch and such to break up your sitting time. Bring snacks (maybe a sandwich) on the plane - make sure they are permitted by TSA or buy after you get through the checkpoint (some places do not allow produce from other areas but likely get rejected further than the first checkpoint). Bring an empty water bottle and fill it up after the checkpoint. Water on an airplane isn't very good to drink (that includes coffee and tea) - Google it. Put all your foods into the trays when going through TSA lines - they might get picked up on X-ray if left in your bag and then you will have a search of your bag (it happened to me as I had raisins in my carry-on - so they took everything out to verify that the raisins set it off). If they see the food they can let it go, if allowed.
Wear extra clothes to save room in your luggage. It will also prove handy to keep warm - blankets from the airline are not likely to be clean. You can roll a jacket into a pillow for your head, or to support your back. Do not wear shorts under jeans if both have zippers - I have done that twice and they search you more thoroughly so now I remember! The double zipper sets off the metal detector!
I like to refill travel sized containers from my products, rather than buy the travel sized products from the store (per weight or ounce it's more expensive to buy in the small quantities, but you are limited to the products that are packaged this way - your favorites my not be available in travel sizes). I suggest 2 ounce bottles for perfect size (but depending on what you fill with as some products are used up faster then others), and being of silicone - they squeeze easily, and are BPA free, making them much safer than many of the product containers in the travel section. Do listen to the flight attendant safety speech at the beginning of the flight - thoroughly. It was shown that people do not put the oxygen masks on correctly, because they did not pay attention to the safety talk. There are features, which, hopefully you will never need to know about, but in the unlikely event that you need to use them (oxygen mask, floatation device, wing escape aisles, etc.). If you pay attention to one flight, you may not need to listen on a later flight, but do revisit occasionally for any new information that might be added. Make sure not to leave clips in your hair (some airports search your hair and take them out and mess up your bun or hairdo). Do not go to a paint or art store before heading to the airport - you may pick up what will swipe as gunpowder residue which will flag you as a risk and put you through a rigorous search (believe me - we experienced that!). Wash your hands before going through the lines. You might mention if you have surgical hardware in you (titanium isn't magnetic so should be fine).
Reserve your airport parking space before you head out - to make sure you have a space and the lots aren't filled up. You lose precious time driving from parking lot to parking lot, plus you may pay premium parking if you get in a bind. Check the TSA line wait times to gauge when you should get to the airport. I use ifly.com to check. P.R.