Are you anxious about an upcoming flight? Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or preparing for your first flight, the recent onslaught of passenger and airline debacles splashed over nearly every media outlet is certainly grounds for developing trepidations about flying. Follow these suggestions from industry experts to ensure your next airport and airline experience goes as smoothly as possible.

The key to any successful trip is advanced planning. Book your flight well in advance. Pay special attention to the pricing and penalties for luggage, cancellations and seat selection. While many fares appear to be inexpensive today, by the time the luggage, seat selection and meal fees are added to the fare, the final price can escalate far from the base fare. Some airlines offer seat selection thirty days in advance with no fee and others require a fee for seat selection. Yet other airlines only release seats for selection twenty four hours prior to the flight. It is strongly recommended to reserve a seat on your flight.

If your travels require the change of planes, it’s strongly recommended to check your luggage. Schlepping luggage through large airports can be an arduous undertaking for weary travelers. Limit carry-on luggage to one piece. If you’re carry-on bag includes toiletries, they should be in sizes of no more than 3 ounces and placed in a clear gallon zip lock bag. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and order personalized luggage tags for all each piece of your luggage, including carry-ons, from the terrific selection available at Things Remembered. Tie a unique ribbon around the handle of your luggage for quick identification as your luggage emerges from the luggage carousel.

Finally, check in for your flight twenty-four hours prior to departure and print your boarding pass. Plan to arrive at the airport at least one and half hours prior to departure. Take advantage of the Kiosks available for each airline to print luggage identification tags and check your luggage. Wear lose fitting clothing, slip on shoes and limited jewelry to speed the security process. Best of luck on your flight!