Passport? Check. Wallet? Check. Leg compression socks? Double check.
There are a whole lot of things we have to remember to pack before a trip to the airport, but there's one item that might not be on your list, and if it isn’t you’re missing out.
One of the dreaded aspects of flying internationally can be getting caught in the long security and customs queues, but there are ways to reduce waiting times and one way includes packing a simple piece of stationery.
That’s right, the humble pen can make your wait times at the airport much shorter, especially if you’re well prepared.
If you’ve experienced the mad dash to the customs area with your arrival documents in hand, only to realise that the wait for the pens, coupled with the length of the queue and the time it takes to fill out your forms will mean you’ll likely be waiting for quite some time, then you know that it pays to come ready.
By packing a pen in your hand luggage, you can make sure you fill out your documents as soon as you receive them on the plane and not have to worry about it when you touch down.
You might think that flight attendants are happy to hand out pens during your flight, but with hundreds of people on board, the likelihood of actually receiving a pen can be slim.
So, the next time you head to the airport be sure to pack a pen with your passport in order to make your way through customs as quickly and as pain free as possible.
This article originally appeared on Travel at 60.