My flight confirmation came through last night. I leave for Atlanta on Monday. The reality of this is pressing down on me. The fact that I have all my information on hand now has relieved a decent bit of my anxiety. Now, I am faced with new bits of anxiety. Why? I never knew there were so many rules with flying! I’ve only ever flown as a younger child, so all was taken care of! I never had to pay a cent. I’m an adult now. So, that means that I have to fund myself. Guess what? I’m not made of money. I’m an adult that has to tend to more. I’m responsible for knowing the rules and taking care of myself.

Here are just a few bits I have learned:

  • WATER – So, I’m a huge water drinker. I consume a lot. And, with that being said, obviously, I was planning on bringing water with me to the airport. NOPE! WRONG! Apparantly, it is not okay to bring water into the airport. My mind was blown away by that one. However, while I may not be allowed to bring water in, I am more than welcome to bring an empty, clear water bottle in. That is so relieving.
  • FOOD – I hate buying food from locations. I don’t buy fast food or places like that. I’m the type of girl that packs her own food or starves. I know for a fact that eating out can get super expensive really fast. I don’t like that. I’m also going to be staying in a place where I’m responsible for feeding myself for several meals. So, I was going to go shopping when someone mentioned that I couldn’t bring some food through the airport. That threw me off guard. After pausing, it makes perfect sense. Research time! My safe foods are crackers, granola bars, instant oatmeal packets, cereal, gum, pretzels, and small candy. I was advised that I may just want to buy a large sandwich in the airport, eat half there, and then save the rest for my flight or between there, which would make it cheaper in the long run.
  • SHAMPOOS, CONDITIONERS, BODY WASH, ETC..- I always knew that you can’t bring large sized containers of stuff with you. That I knew. What I did not know was that the containers that you transport stuff in must be a certain size as well. I thought it was fair game. Wrong again. After looking everywhere, I established that I was best off just buying a kit that had TSA approved empty bottles. (Which is what I did.)
  • PARKING – So…. I have to drive myself two hours to get to the airport. No big deal. I thought parking was free…… No. It is not. Not at all. The airport I am flying through has 3 parking lots. Extended. Long term. Short term. I spent a fair amount of time looking at the prices. My trip is a week. So does that mean short term? Does that mean long term? What does it cost on average for both during a week? Will I have to pay cash? Card? So many questions popped up. Luckily for me, the airport’s website has all the details I need. There’s shuttles through the lots as well! I’m glad I found this piece out before I parked my car with no plans.
  • CARRY-ON – With the tickets that the company purchased for me, I get something that has to do with free bag checks. If that was not on there, I would not have known that you pay for that stuff. I also discovered that my small suitcase can potentially count as carry on, so long as it doesn’t weigh more than 25lbs. I was anticipating having to try and cram as much stuff into my backpack and purse for the week trip. No. Relief! (I’m sure I shall discover even more when I get to the airport, but at least I’m not entirely ignorant…)

These are just the main ones that I learned. I’m still doing some looking into it. Luckily, I’m flying only in the US, so I don’t have to worry about extra paperwork. I just have to worry about checking in to my flight, printing my boarding pass, and making it through.

I look forward to updating everyone as this journey keeps on going!

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