Flying in a plane can be a daunting experience for newbies. Whether you’re planning your first flight or just need a quick refresher, here are a few tips to make sure you are ready to board.

Prepare the night before your flight
To take all the pressure out of your travel day, make sure you’re fully prepared the night before. Print your boarding pass and have a photo ID ready to go. If you get cold easily, put an extra sweater in your carry-on bag for the flight.

When packing, look at your airline’s baggage standards for the size and weight restrictions of both checked bags and carry-ons. If you are checking your bag, keep a few necessities (toothbrush, toothpaste, change of clothes, etc.) in your carry-on. If you plan to just carry on, all your liquids must be in three-ounce containers that altogether fit in one quart-sized clear plastic bag.

Navigate the airport like a pro
Arrive a little earlier than your airline suggests. Being unfamiliar with the airport and the check-in process means you should leave a little extra time to ask questions or take it slow. No need to add the worry of missing your flight to your day!

Board the plane and enjoy
Once you’re through security and ready to board, keep in mind that you’ll be sitting pretty close to your neighbor. No matter how big your plane is, you’re going to be packed in with other travelers, and a little consideration goes a long way.

You will experience a few bumps and odd noises during the flight. Just take a deep breath and look out the window – we promise these are normal.

Keep calm during a missed connection
A flight delay can cause you to miss a connecting flight, but don’t worry. Airline representatives will rebook you on a new flight. Just head straight to your gate when you exit the plane. If the line to rebook is long, you may want to call your airline while you wait.

Enjoy your flight – and let us know how it went!