What Every First Time Flyer Needs to Know

Just a few weeks ago I flew for the first time in my twenty five years of existence. So crazy right? Everyone I know has gone on multiple plane rides. But for me, the world of airports, packing, TSA regulations, and taking flight was brand new to me. Needless to say, I was TERRIFIED to fly for the first time. My husband and I booked our tickets so we would be right next to each other..or so we thought. Lets just say, my first flight was terrible, I had NO clue I was susceptible to motion sickness…  However the return flight was a peace of cake thanks to Dramamine! Today I’m going to share a few key things EVERY first time flyer should know, as well as how to effectively and effortlessly pack your personal item.

What Every First Time Flyer Needs to Know

Bring a book, magazine, or journal to occupy your time

Wine is always an option 

Take advantage of complimentary beverages 

Anxiety is normal

There are “motion sickness bags”

If you’re scared don’t look out the window 

Skip caffeine before the flight, that can make anxiety and jitters worse.

People are usually nice about letting you up to use the bathroom

Review the safety card (usually a video is played at the beginning of the flight)

Watch a movie or tv show (most airlines have screens on the back of the seats)

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask an airline attendant.

Airplanes are very safe. 

You have to switch to airplane mode, but some airlines have WiFi. 

If you’re scared utilize a guided meditation  app on your phone if possible 



What To Pack In Your Personal Item

For my “personal item” I chose my Michael Kors Jet Setter Tote, and packed it to the brim. A personal item can be a bag, laptop, anything that fits on your lap or underneath your seat on the plane.

Hand sanitizer

Neck Pillow


Dramamine-  Inever thought I got motion sickness but I did, first time flyers may never know that they have it as well. Better safe that sorry.



Headphones (that fit the airline jack) I brought new apple headphones, they didn’t fit (airlines may distribute headphones, just ask!)

A sweater or cozy cardigan


A face mask


TSA approved liquids



Empty water bottle


How was your flight experience? Share with me, in the comments below! Did I miss anything on this list?! 

Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

A lifestyle + wellness blog, This Northern Native is a place to come for major realness. I deliver raw, honest content created for those who value becoming the happiest & healthiest versions of themselves possible, and share a love for New England living.