On our recent family vacation to Grand Cayman, our first flight was at 5:55am. Since our ultimate destination was another country, we were expected to be at the airport two hours in advance – 3:55am! Waking up before 3am isn’t exactly easy, but the earlier you leave, the earlier you arrive! You can sometimes get some great flight deals with these early flights too. Here are 6 early morning flight tips for your next family flight.
Know what time the airport opens. I’ve arrived 2 hours before my flight departs only to find that I was the only person at the airport. Call ahead to find out what time the counter opens – you may be able to get a little more sleep!
Set several alarms. When I have to get up early, I don’t always get restful sleep, because I’m worried about oversleeping. Setting several alarms is a good way to feel more confident that you will wake up on time.
Prep the night before. For our early morning flight, my kids slept in their clothes so they would be ready to go. I usually shower the night before and wash and dry my hair. Then, the next morning, I take a quick shower wearing my shower cap just to help me wake up.
Be ready for a nap. After I’m settled on the flight, I usually want to go right back to sleep. So, I wear just a minimal amount of makeup, and skip putting on my contact lenses until I’m at my destination.
Pack everything. You want to be almost 100% ready to go in the morning, so be sure to pack everything except the few items you need in the morning. I always leave a list of those last minute items to pack right on my nightstand, so I don’t forget anything.
Have your transportation set. When I travel early in the morning, I usually drive myself to the airport. Regardless of how you travel, be sure to have everything coordinated in advance. If you drive, make sure you have enough gas in your car, and if you have someone else taking you, be sure to confirm in advance.