5 Ways to Make Your Life Easier Next Time You Fly

As some of you know, I’ve been flying a lot lately. I’ve traveled to California, Texas, and Arkansas all in the past two months for work and vacation. I also studied abroad in Italy so I know what it is like to go through the hassle of security. I thought I’d share some of my tips on how to make the process that much easier for you.

Wear comfortable shoes that you wear socks with.

Unless you have TSA precheck, you’re going to have to take off your shoes which means your little piggies are all going to be the slimy floor where everyone else’s little piggies have been. Talk about nasty. Make sure you put on shoes you can easily slide off and that you wear socks with them. Over the knee boots might be a good idea in theory because you don’t have to pack them but they take so much longer to take off than a pair of little booties.

If you can, don’t wear any jewelry because you might have to take it off.

I always wear the same two rings every single day but when I’m going through security I don’t wear them just in case they have to wipe my hands and I have to take them off. It’s so much easier to just put them in my bag ahead of time and if I want to put them back on after.

Make sure your water bottle is empty and your liquids are under 3.4 oz or 100ml.

I still remember the horror of my 8-year-old self when I learned I had to throw out my lotion because it wasn’t under the liquid requirement. This is the exact reason why I’m fixated on making sure my liquids are under the allotted amount. I also always have a water bottle with me so I make sure to chug the remaining water before I enter the line. That way no one has to wait for me to chug the rest of my water.

Pack your luggage and bags so that your electronics and liquids are easy to reach.

When traveling with work I travel with a large camera, iPad, an iPhone, and two laptops. I have to put each of these items in a box and make sure they aren’t overlapping one another. To make it easy, I know which ones to put in what bin and so forth. I also make sure that my liquids are in a spot so that if I have to get them out it’s easy for the security officer.

Be polite.

I don’t know how people somehow magically forget their manners when they’re going through security. No one likes going through security but that doesn’t give you the right to be rude. These people are doing their job to make sure you and your loved ones are safe. They really don’t want to get all up in your space making sure you don’t have something you shouldn’t. So just like you’re supposed to be nice to everyone else… be nice to these lovely people. (Obviously, you knew that already though).

What are some of your tips to make going through security easier? I’ve been thinking about getting TSA precheck because the lines are so much shorter. Maybe my next trip I’ll see how that goes. If you have TSA precheck let me know in the comments down below if you think it’s worth it.

As always,

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What to See and Do in Northwest Arkansas

This past weekend, my father and I traveled to Northwest Arkansas to visit my brother, Andrew. My brother moved down to Arkansas two years ago to become the head brewer for JBGB. I had a such an incredible time exploring a new state and seeing my brother do what he loves. While I was there, we were able to explore what Northern Arkansas has to offer. If you’re ever in the area here are a few things you should check out.

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail

Location: Bella Vista

The first full day we were in Arkansas we traveled up to the Bella Vista to leisurely walk the well-groomed nature trail. This ‘hike’ was more of a stroll but it was equipped with quirky bridges, streams of water, and a great view. This hike is perfect for someone who wants to get out of the house and just have a fun time.

Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel

Location: Bella Vista

A five-minute drive from the nature trail is the captivating Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel. The chapel was designed by a local architect in memory of Mildred B. Cooper. The entire structure is inspired by the cathedrals designed in the middle ages and is built with thirty-one tons of steel and 4,460 square feet of glass. I didn’t take any pictures inside the chapel so you’ll just have to see this gem for yourself!

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Location: Bentonville, Arkansas

The history behind Crystal Bridges is that Sam Walton’s, owner of Walmart, daughter wanted to create a gallery where she could showcase her love for the arts. The incredible building is designed by Moshe Safdie and is home to artists such as Georgia O’Keef, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and so many more. There are also architecture gems all throughout the building and even exhibits outside of the museum such as Frank Lloyd Wright house.

I was incredibly blown away by how magical Crystal Bridges was. The entire place from the building’s structure to the collection of art inside its walls was surreal. When I studied abroad, I went to a few art museums but none of them stuck with me like this one. This would be reason enough to visit Arkansas.

Original Walmart Store

Location: Bentonville, Arkansas

If you know anything about Arkansas, you probably saw this coming. Arkansas is home to the first ever Walmart store. Although, it was called something else back then. Located in a little time square you can find the original Walton’s running in all its glory.  Next to the original store, you can even go through the history of Walmart equipped with the history of Sam Walton.


Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Obviously, I had to save the best for last. I was able to tour JBGB and see what my brother has been talking about for the past two years. It was one thing to hear about how the beer process works and another to actually see how it is done. If you’re in Arkansas and want to see how the beer process works you can easily contact JBGB to set up a date.

Alongside the brewery my brother works for, is an adult playground equipped with the second largest music venue in Arkansas, beach volleyball, ping pong, shuffleboard, bocce ball, and a wading pool. During the summer, JBGB throws a summer concert series with regional and national acts. You can eat food, play games, and drink all while listening to some of the best regional and national acts around. Since I went this past weekend, I wasn’t able to see the concert series but I can only imagine what it is like once it is warm again!

Have you ever visited Northern Arkansas? Let me know in the comments down below.

As always,

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