Frequent Flier Traveling Tips

For many, summer means vacation, and millions of people take to the sky on their way to a relaxing getaway.

But getting there can be stressful, so celebrity event planner and frequent flier Colin Cowie shares on The Early Show some of his best tips to make you feel like you're traveling in first-class, even when you're stuck in coach.

The following are his suggestions:

What to Wear - The key to moving quickly through the long lines at the airport security is wearing the appropriate outfit.

Cowie wears slip-on shoes with no buckles or metal on them; thin cotton socks (or cashmere in the winter) to avoid walking barefoot on dirty floor; he doesn't wear a belt. He likes to wear wrinkle-free trousers and a long-sleeved cotton shirt so that he doesn't get chilly in the plane and at the same time he doesn't look like a slob.

What to Eat - When traveling, you now must carry on your own food. The night before or the morning of your flight, go to the deli and get some rotisserie chicken, an apple and a bottle of water. Put it all in Ziploc bags so it's ready to go.

Carry-on Bag - When it comes to your carry-on luggage, it's all about what's inside. Here is where you pack your medication and toiletries, the things you could not live without for 24 hours.

Cowie recommends packing the following:
  • Laptop
  • Cables for laptop; iPod; and cell charger
  • Book you're reading
  • Plastic folder with your itinerary
  • Important phone numbers
  • Copy of your insurance, business cards and a note pad.
  • Cowie keeps $60 of $5s and $1s for tipping
  • Airborne, which Cowie calls his "wonder drug"
  • Proof of ID
  • Copy of his passport - make sure you keep separate from original
  • Stationery in case he has to write a thank-you note
  • Gifts, like fragrant candles, in case he is invited to someone's home
  • Disinfectant wipes to wipe down the seat on the plane
  • Purell antibacterial hand wash
  • Shout wipes in case you get something on your clothes
  • Neck pillow
  • Lightweight blanket. A black pashmina can be used as neck roll or a blanket to keep warm.

    Web sites Cowie recommends: tumi.com and samsonite.com.

    Click on Pg. 2 for information on How to Pack your Bag and General Tips
    • Tatiana Morales

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