For those of you who do not travel more than once or twice a year, you may not be aware of some of the recent changes that directly affect you within the airline industry. What are some of the changes? Are there things you can do that just might make your traveling a little less stressful? Preparation is the key. Here are some tips and information that may help you before you leave home:1. Check with your particular airline’s do’s and don’ts. What time should you arrive before your flight? Take special note of the boarding time. The boarding time will always be earlier than your flight time. A small point–but critical if you are running late. Also, check what items are not accepted as a carry-on. This part is just as important as is what you are allowed to carry-on. For example, if you normally carry pepper spray in your purse as some of us do, this would not be an acceptable item.2. Before packing your baggage you’ll need to know how many suitcases you are taking and/or willing to pay extra for. Don’t find out last minute that your suitcase is the wrong size for a carry-on or that you have to pay an additional charge. Many airlines, perhaps even your favorite one, may have new stipulations as to what two carry-ons you are allowed, size, and weight, as well as additional fees for baggage. A recent passenger told me he had to pay an unexpected fee for his second suitcase. It was too big to be a carry-on. He had not checked beforehand, and he had no idea the airline had changed their allowances. If you are confused, call the airline before your trip. Don’t wait until last minute before your flight. You’ll only stress out.3. Packing Light–If you are watching your budget closely, then travel as light as possible. Generally, the carry-on you use to put in the above-storage bin is still okay (no charge). However, that leaves you only one other carry-on. If you have a computer with case, just stick your money, boarding pass, identification, and of course if your female your lipstick in the case. Flatten your purse out and put it into your other suitcase that is going into the above-storage bin. No extra fees by doing it that way. It worked for me recently.4. Packing Heavy–If you absolutely need to pack a lot of stuff for an extended stay, you have a few options. One, you can call the airline and find out the pricing of additional suitcases. Just be ready to pay when you check-in. Or, the second option may be to send ahead to your destination a package containing some of your needed items. This could be cheaper than paying for another piece of luggage. Just remember, you’ll need to send the stuff back home. So factor in that cost too.5. This is my favorite tip. My daughter actually came up with this idea years ago. There are zillions of suitcases looking the same. Put a very colorful bow, string, or small item around the handle of your suitcase. I have very bright-colored yarn around my handle. My suitcase with colorful yarn stands out from all the other black pieces of luggage.6. Print your boarding pass before arriving at the airport. Most airlines allow you to check-in online and print your boarding pass 24 hours before your flight. If you do not have access to a printer, use the local library or arrive early enough at the airport before your flight to use the airport kiosk to print your boarding pass.These are a few tips that have helped me in my recent flights. By reading your airline’s do’s and don’ts, calling the airline with any questions you have, and tagging your handle, your travel experience too will be enjoyable. With careful planning you may even save some money. Enjoy your flight!