Airport Information for Trips to Italy
Preparing for your trip to Italy? Read on for tips on how to make your time at the airport go as fast and smoothly as possible, so you can more quickly get to the main event: Italy.
Going Through Security
Having to go through airport security gives you an excuse for a spa day. Get a mani, pedi (or just cut your nails) and your eyebrows waxed and any unwanted body hair removed before your trip to Italy. This way you won’t have to bring nail clippers, tweezers or scissors in your luggage or worry about chipped nails and annoying facial hair on your trip. Those items aren’t allowed in carry-ons and therefore you’d have to pack them in luggage you’d have to check. Lighters and matches are also not allowed through security; you’d have to throw them away or gift them to the security guard, so if you want to keep a fancy lighter, pack that in your checked luggage or leave it at home.
Empty your pockets prior. Airport security will ask you to empty your pockets into a bin that gets x-rayed, so to avoid losing change or small items, put everything from your pants and jacket pockets into your carry-on bag or purse. If you’re not traveling in the winter or the rain, you can wear flip-flops or sandals to avoid having to take off shoes and socks when going through security.
No Liquids for You
Be aware that due to anti-terror legislation, bottles filled with water or large containers of liquid aren’t allowed through security. The liquids rule for carry-ons is you can’t bring bottles bigger than 3.4 ounces (100 mL), with exceptions of medications and child nourishment. In most cases you can empty out the bottle beforehand and refill it from a drinking fountain.
Don’t Blow Your Money on Food & Drink at the Airport
Bring snacks, batteries and reading material with you. Everything is way more expensive at the airport and you don’t want to waste your trip money before you even get to Italy. It’s highly recommended to drink a LOT of water before a flight. Flying can dehydrate you, which can cause headaches. Also, it helps to avoid salty snacks and food before and during your flight.
Avoid greasy and cafeteria-style or pre-packaged airport food. Some ingredients in mass-produced food can cause stomach upset, which would make for a very uncomfortable flight. Some recommended foods are fresh fruit like grapes, bananas and apples, a pre-made sandwich (no tuna or anything smelly! Your plane neighbours may not appreciate that), and light snacks like dried fruit, nuts or wheat crackers.
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