Once upon a time, I was quite the seasoned traveler- if you count many cross-country, cross-ocean flights before the age of 12. And then I moved from Hawaii (where, to go anywhere, you have to fly) to the middle of the Midwest, where almost everything is accessible via road trip. My flying days were over.
Since flying to and from Hawaii as a kid, I've been on a plane very few times, and they've all been (comparably) short flights. I've not been on any long flight since post-9/11 security, so I'm a bit in the dark. And my traveling partner? He's never flown at all. A week from tomorrow, we'll be tackling 2 of the busiest airports in the world (ATL & LAX) on our way to Hawaii. We're leaving at 6am Indy time and landing (after 2 layovers) at 6pm Hawaii time, which is 11pm Indiana time, for those keeping score at home. Seventeen hours.
What tips do you have?
We will probably want to eat breakfast in ATL, lunch in LAX, and dinner after we land in Kona. What snack foods do you pack for the plane? What airport food should I avoid? What's not worth packing in carry-on? What MUST I bring in carry-on? How do we entertain ourselves for the long day of traveling? What are some of the new rules that have surprised you or caught you off guard? WHat should we plan on purchasing from the tv deals or SkyMall catalog?
This is going to be a crazy adventure. Can't wait.