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New Year, New Carry-on; Items You Need to Stay Healthy at 30,000 Feet

New Year, New Carry-on; Items You Need to Stay Healthy at 30,000 Feet

It’s a New Year, Dry January is going strong and our resolutions are becoming our natural way of life. Two weeks into the new year and we have never felt better!

…right?

Ok so maybe Dry January is not so easy and the daily kale smoothies remain full while you desperately try to avoid a repeat of last year’s late night pizza meltdown. However, the face-de-bloat and extra energy should be inspiration enough to at least maintain healthy habits the whole air travel process. Your body is more vulnerable 30,000 feet in the air where it needs extra care and protection.

Below are some carry-on items that will keep you a healthy, functioning human.

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

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Water bottle: Your mother, brother, roommate, and neighbor have all insisted you drink more water. They’re right – especially when you’re going to be on a plane or in a dry, stuffy airport. Now insist that one of them buys you a reusable water bottle to fill up at the airport.

Tea: Hopefully you left your 3.5 oz. liquor bottles at home and chose an alternative mid-flight comfort drink. Throw some of your favorite teas in your carry-on and ask a flight attendant for hot water when he or she is taking drink orders. A warm, relaxing, less-bloating drink than vodka cranberries across the aisle.

Face hydrating spray/mist: This is obviously less important than water and not necessary for all. However, a hydrating spray can be amply beneficial for some peoples’ when applied before and after a flight. Some options include Caudalie Grape Water, Evian spray, and Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water.

Save the greasy burger and pizza for the Superbowl

Frozen grapes: These will keep your other food cold and also make a delicious snack.

Hummus: Individual hummus packs under 3.5 oz. can be paired with many of your favorite snacks and vegetables and don’t create a huge cleanup.

Leftovers: Don’t worry about wasting the leftover food in your fridge before your trip. Make individual meals in Tupperware containers to resist the temptation to splurge in the airport.

Germs are not a souvenir

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Disinfecting wipes: Flight attendants and cleaning crews do the best they can under time constraints but it never hurts to disinfect yourself!

Sanitizer: We feel this one is self-explanatory.

Mid-flight comfort

Noise-canceling headphones: Sleeping on planes is difficult for most. The frequent announcements and young families are just a few of the distractions that keep you awake (and the uncomfortable seats!). Noise canceling headphones might make the process a little easier.

Foldable blanket: Airplanes are cold and airlines don’t give out blankets as much as they used to. Don’t worry about space though; there are plenty of blankets that fold and fit neatly into your carry-on.

Portable charger: Perfect for the longer flights. No one wants their e-reader to shut off mid-flight or to be landing with a dead phone.

Have any of these items worked for you? Let us know @FlyInStyleApp! We love to hear from you!

 

Five Healthy Dining Spots at Nashville International Airport to Keep You on Track

Five Healthy Dining Spots at Nashville International Airport to Keep You on Track

Terminal A/B food court where many healthy options are located at Nashville International Airport.

Terminal A/B food court where many healthy options are located at Nashville International Airport.

It’s been a few weeks since the new year and the temptation to succumb to unhealthy food cravings is hard to resist on a diet, especially while traveling. Grabbing a burger and fries is appealing, especially since just about every other restaurant you pass by in the concourse sells them….and the salads fade into the background. Airport travel, however, does not have to be the reason for ruining your diet. There are a variety of healthy options that will leave you feeling more energized and satisfied as you board your next flight in the Music City. Here are five healthy food options in the Nashville International Airport (BNA) to keep that New Year’s resolution intact.

 

Berry Field Bistro (Concourse C, Gate 2)

Love eating local? Berry Field Bistro creates all of their meals with locally sourced ingredients, which means you can feel confident you are not only getting a fresh meal, but one that supports local businesses. The menu offers plenty of choices, ranging from waffles to sandwiches to an array of healthy dishes. For a salad with a little pizzazz, sit down and enjoy the Kale Caesar or the Beets & Greens. If you are on a tight schedule to depart Nashville, grab a pressed juice and a bran muffin on the fly to enjoy in flight. You’ll feel energized AND satisfied knowing you supported local business after this meal.

Gibson Cafe (Concourse C, Gate 20)

Gibson Cafe at Nashville International Airport is the place to get your protein in before an early flight. Their egg white omelet is sure to keep you going to until the next airport.

Gibson Cafe at Nashville International Airport is the place to get your protein in before an early flight. Their egg white omelet is sure to keep you going to until the next airport.

If you are traveling before 10 a.m. and feeling a little groggy., Gibson Café is waiting for you with coffee AND healthy breakfast options to wake you right up! The café serves an egg white omelet loaded with vegetables that is a perfect way to start your travel day. The yogurt and granola is an alternative if you need something easy to grab-and-go for the flight. They also offer salads and soups for those dining during lunch or dinner.

 

Freshens Smoothies & Yogurt (A/B Food Court)

A great option for an early morning flight or an effective pick-me-up, Freshens Smoothies & Yogurt offers about 15 different smoothies and açai bowls. Certain smoothies such as Mango Me Crazy and Caribbean Craze can be made “Light” for a third less of the calories. If you feel like you’re lacking your daily servings of greens but don’t want to purchase a whole meal, their High-Performance smoothies offer over one serving of greens in each smoothie. Add boosters for even more energy to get you through your travel experience.

Noshville Delicatessen (A/B Food Court)

Late flight ahead of you? You need a dinner that is filling enough to keep you away from indulging on dessert but is not going to ruin your day’s momentum of eating healthy. Noshville Delicatessen offers plenty of salads with a choice of protein. Add tuna, chicken, or egg salad to any salad for a boost that will keep your metabolism up through your travels. Filling up on a hearty salad is an effective way to resist grabbing guilty treats like potato chips or candy for your flight. If you really cannot say ‘no’ to eating something sweet after dinner (we can’t!) grab a piece of fruit for the flight or dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Provence Breads and Café (Concourse C, Gate 20)

Provence Breads and Cafe have all the to-go items you could need to eat on your flight. One of the many healthy options at Nashville International Airport.

Provence Breads and Cafe have all the to-go items you could need to eat on your flight. One of the many healthy options at Nashville International Airport.

So you hit traffic on the way to  Nashville International Airport and only made it through that never-ending security line with 20 minutes to spare? Provence Breads and Café is the place to hit up before running to your gate. They offer an array of prepared foods in their display such as salads and sandwiches. Grab a coffee and a piece of fruit for an early morning flight and you might just have a minute to charge your phone before you board!

 

Insider Tip: Planning for healthy eating can be tricky on the fly. Keep an eye out for the release of FlyInStyle To Go at Nashville International Airport, which will allow you to order food in advance and have it ready for pickup at your designated time, allowing you more time to browse menus, relax and enjoy your meal.

Pittsburgh International Airport – Ten Little Known Facts

Pittsburgh International Airport – Ten Little Known Facts

Whether you are from the Steel City, or just passing through, here are some little known facts about Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to keep in mind when you play your next round of trivia. You’re sure to come out a winner!

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1. Pittsburgh International Airport is the fourth largest airport in the nation, based on land mass (12,900 acres).

2. The Pittsburgh Airport’s is twice the size of downtown Pittsburgh.

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(Photo: Pit Downtown aerial) © Kevin Sell

3. Pittsburgh International Airport is located 16 miles northwest of downtown Pittsburgh.

        4. JD Power and Associates named Pittsburgh International Airport among the top five airports in its two most recent customer satisfaction surveys.

        5. Conde Nast Traveler’s magazine has frequently named the Pittsburgh Airport among the best in the United States – and in the world – in its annual People’s Choice Award.

        6. The Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is made up of two separate terminal buildings (the Landside Terminal – departures and the Airside Terminal – arrivals) that are connected by two underground tramways.

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(Photo: Pit Floor) © cmg digital

          7. The “AirMall” at PIT features local, national, and international retailers and a Food Court offering a variety of sit-down restaurants and fast food eateries.

          8. The Pittsburgh International Airport operates about 290 non-stop flights per day to 80 destinations, and is served by 19 carriers.

9. The Pittsburgh International Airport offers free Wi-Fi, and was the first major airport in the country to offer this service beginning in 2003.

10. Insider Tip: The retail prices in the AirMall in PIT Airport are not higher than their street side retail counterparts for the most part. Plus, Pennsylvania charges no sales tax on most clothing, so pick up a few wearables while you are there!

Top 5 Airports in the USA to Layover In

Top 5 Airports in the USA to Layover In

Top 5 Airports to Layover In the USA

Stuck at the airport between flights for a few hours? Bored? Tired? Don’t worry because these airports are there for you whether you have a short or extremely long layover. Be sure to plan your next trip through these airports to enjoy their amenities!

 

1. San Francisco International Airport- SFO

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This Golden Gate-City airport has plenty to offer when you have a long layover and need to kill time at the airport. If you want to learn more about this lovely city, the Aviation Museum and SFO Museum are interactive and great ways to learn more about the culture of California. Don’t worry about spending too much money on Internet because this airport also has free Wi-Fi and a free Yoga room to stretch out your legs after a long day of traveling.

 

Insider Tip: Those who have longer layovers can take the BART into the heart of San Francisco in just 11 minutes.

 

2. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport- DFW

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The heart of Texas is a great destination for any layover. Many of the lounges are ranked among the best in the world and all passengers can enjoy the free Wi-Fi. If you are more active, make sure to try walking on the airport trail or check out one of the yoga rooms. The food in Dallas is worth trying, especially at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen so don’t forget to fill your stomach before boarding your next flight.

 

Insider Tip: If you need to catch up on your sleep, check out a Minute Suite to get your very own room within the airport.

 

3. Chicago O’Hare International Airport- ORD

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Despite being one of the busiest airports in the world, Chicago O’Hare has plenty of amenities for passengers of all ages. The Chicago Public Art Program decorates each terminal with artwork from local artists. Be sure to see the famous “The Sky’s The Limit” – an ever-changing neon light illuminator between Concourses B and C. Remember to try Tortas Frontera created by celebrity chef Rick Bayless or enjoy an authentic Chicago style deep-dish pizza at a variety of restaurants.

 

Insider Tip: If you have a few hours, head across to the Hilton O’Hare Hotel and go to the newly renovated gym or for a refreshing swim.

 

4. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport- MSP

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Minnesota’s largest city airport will not disappoint whether you have a long or short layover. There are various attractions within the airport, which are necessary due to the frequent delays that Minneapolis Airport has. Don’t miss the 1.5 mile walking path around the perimeter of the airport and be sure to check out one of the three XPresSpa locations if you need a soothing massage before your next flight.

 

Insider Tip: The world famous Mall of America is just a 12-minute ride on the LRT. Be sure to take your kids for the thrill of the theme park within the mall.

 

5. John F. Kennedy International Airport- JFK

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Located only a few minutes outside the heart of New York City, John F. Kennedy International Airport has plenty to do both inside and out. The expansive cuisine ranges from Italian food at Aeronuova to crab empanadas at Piquillo; both of which can satisfy your taste buds before your upcoming flight. Additionally, be sure to visit the dozens of shopping malls within the airport to find gifts for your loved ones and yourself.

 

Insider Tip: If you have a long layover, take the AirTrain to Manhattan to experience the vibrancy of New York City.

Having Local Experience at Miami’s International Airport

Having Local Experience at Miami’s International Airport

Whether you are passing by or making it your final destination, Miami International is sure to give you a local experience simply within the airport! Capture the culture of this vibrant city by visiting several of the places below with your family, friends, or individually!

 

The Shoppes at Ocean Drive Sells Seasonal Crab Ready to Fly

 

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Florida Stone Crabs are extra special to Floridians and foodies alike because they can only be found in Florida and they can only be harvested October 15-May 15. This is a treat you will not want to miss in Miami. The Shoppes at Ocean Drive’s Privé Gourmet Market sells fresh seasonal stone crabs packed and ready to fly. The claws are packaged in styrofoam that will keep cool for up to 48 hours.

The unique store also offers tons of fun and fancy food products and cookbooks, perfect as a last minute gift to you or your loved one!

 

Experience the Everglades

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 If you are traveling internationally through Miami airport, make sure to check out the enchanting hallway that gives you an essence of the beauty of Florida. Make sure to view each of the 26 vivid, large-scale photographs that depict the Everglades’ wildlife and landscapes. Be sure to check out this exhibit before it closes in December.

 

La Carreta

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Nothing is more authentic about Miami than the Cuban cuisine. Make sure to visit La Carreta, one of the finest restaurants located in Miami Airport. The fried yucca is a must try and this is a great pit stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The most authentic part of this diverse menu is the Cuban Coffee, which can give you the kick you need to start your day right as you travel to your final destination.

 

Ron John Surf Shop

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There is no better way to experience the spirit of Florida without visiting the Ron John Surf Shop. They have a wide selection for any traveler staying in the Miami area who needs bathing suits or other items for the beach, or souvenirs to take with you to your final destination. This shop often offers discounts so be on the lookout for a bargain!

 

 

Travel Tip for Delta Passengers

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So you’ve survived checking in for your flight, the overly friendly pat down from TSA, and you made it to your gate on time. Congratulations! Your reward….watching your plane pull up to the gate, deplane, and then hear a gate agent key up a very loud speaker and announce: “Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has just informed me that we need maintenance to come out and look at something, I will get back to you when I have more information.”

First off don’t freak out. The plane is safe. More than half the time it’s a computer system needing to be reset, or a broken seat belt. You will probably be on time and still make that connection. Now let’s say it’s a bigger fix. After all, these planes spend more time in the air than on the ground. Replacing a tire can take at least an hour. We’ll get into missed connections and how screwed up your day just got later, but let’s find that silver lining. Delta Airlines has a rule they don’t advertise.

If your flight leaves the gate an hour or more late because of a mechanical delay the bar is open…. in moderation. Bad weather in New York won’t get you anyextra peanuts, but that tire change means you can have any cocktail in coach for free. All you have to do is wait till the inflight beverage service starts and order away.

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Travel Tip: h2o

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Most travelers are well aware of the TSA rule of 311 these days. You can bring some liquids, but no more than 3 ounce containers in a 1 quart bag. Now airports are notorious for being more expensive at every turn. $2 for chap stick and $15 dollars for a meal for example. Now who hasn’t been in line at security and seen the bag of the person ahead of them get checked because they left a bottle of water in there. The TSA agent takes the water and wishes you good luck on finding a bottle on the other side for less than $3.

The main advice here is to bring your own empty bottle. Be it a sports bottle or plastic bottle that you recently used. As long as there’s nothing in it you are allowed to take it through security. Flights dehydrate you faster due to the air in airplanes being drier and for most people that tiny drink they serve during the flight isn’t enough. Make yourself comfortable and have your own drink before you board the plane for nothing. Airports around the country have begun installing special filling stations just for this practice. Usually they are in the wall right above a water fountain and if the airport you are at doesn’t have them the water fountain itself will give you filtered cold water for your journey. Sure this isn’t a life changing idea, but creature comforts like this will make your travels easier.

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Sweat Away Stress on Your Layover at PHL!

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Let’s face it: Layovers happen. And usually when we least want them (6-hour layover on the eve of Christmas, anyone? *still a little salty about that one…*). But while we can’t control the weather or the layover-deities, we can control our frustration—with the magic of exercise! Enter, Smooth Fitness’s sitNcycles!

SitNcycles were created to get American’s healthy and beat the ‘Sitting Epidemic’ at the airport, according to Smooth Fitness’s Facebook page. The machines are free, open to any willing body, and easy to use. “You don’t have to sweat, but you’ll still get the benefit of some cardio activity,” says CEO Rich Hebert of the sitNcycle. Plus, we think these simple, yet nifty machines are an excellent way to combat any stress you’re feeling pre-flight.photo 1

Currently, the sitNcycles are only featured at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), but if the machines are welcomed by travelers, which they are so far, Hebert hopes to take them nationwide. Let’s hope so—a few sitNcycles are always appreciated during a 6-hour layover.

(Tip: Not flying at PHL, but still want to get a workout in? No worries, check out airportgyms.com, a guide to finding one of over 180+ airport gyms. Or strap on that pedometer and do some laps around the concourse!)

Flying Fashionably 101: Layers, Layers, Layers!

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Ladies, this one’s for you. If you couldn’t already tell from the title, I firmly believe in the power of layers while traveling. Layers can transform any outfit from drab to fab, and magically make you look both carefree and put together! So when “comfort” and “fashion” seem like they are mutually exclusive concepts, just add “layers” to the equations and, viola!—you get a pinterest-worthy travel outfit. And now that fall is right around the corner, you have an even better excuse to layer-it-up! The items you’re about to combine can be found readily in your closet! Here are the basic, classic pieces:

  1. Cardigan: Outside the airport it might be hot. Inside the airport or on your flight it might be cool. Adjusting to the temperatures is easy with the versatile cardigan—definitely a fashionable alternative to a bulky sweater.
  2. Comfy Tee: Not only is a tee comfortable, it can be chic, too! Pair a solid colored V-neck underneath a cardigan for a sharp look.
  3. Form-fitting pants: Choose either a jean or a legging. Stay away from cargo pants (!!!) to avoid a potential pat-down fiasco.
  4. Flats: Or shoes that slip on and off easily. Avoid shoes with a lot of laces/buckles/zippers as these will just extend your time in the TSA line.
  5. Scarf: Not only an accessory, it can work as a replacement to the shady airline blanket.
  6. Large tote: Big bags can spruce up any outfit, even add a pop of color. Added bonus: Carry your books and magazines fashionably. Plus, if you get too warm, tuck away your cardigan and scarf in there!

Bonus Tip: Forgot some of the above items at home? Download our FlyInStyle App to find fashionable deals at the airport!

(Psssst, fellas, we haven’t forgotten about you…Stayed tuned for our flying-fashionable guide for men!)

Free Wi-Fi: Where, When, and Why!

how-to-get-free-wifi-in-airportsIf you know anything about the term #FOMO—the Fear Of Missing Out—you know how real it is when you DON’T have access to the Internet (Note: FOMO is not to be confused with travel separation anxiety). I, more specifically, experience MAJOR email #FOMO when traveling. What if while I’m sans connectivity my bank sends me a ‘fraudulent activity alert’ email? How will I ever know who wants to connect with me on LinkedIn?! Torture, truly. Thus, (free) Wi-Fi has become a staple, and fortunately, airports are picking up on this fact.

Mikey Tierney reports in an article that of the nation’s 30 busiest airports, 12 offer free Wi-Fi! And why the gradual switch to demonetizing internet access, you may wonder? “A pleasant experience for travelers, which can include Wi-Fi, could spawn fresh businesses,” Tierney writes, and “some lost revenue [on Wi-Fi] would be recouped through more spending at airport establishments.” So money saved on W-Fi is money spent on…shopping. Hey, we’re not complaining!

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Airwatchdog.com does a great job of compiling a comprehensive list of U.S. and international airports that offer free Wi-Fi. Their list also includes airports that still charge for access and their prices. However, you should always double check the list’s accuracy—although it says Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport charges $4.95 per day for access, as of late, it’s actually free!

So since you’re getting deals on airport Wi-Fi, go ahead—download our free FlyInStyle App and find more exclusive deals on your favorite airport shopping!

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