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Dealing with the airport is often one of the worst parts about traveling. There are long lines everywhere, a bottle of water costs $6, and everything is covered in germs. Unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil for reaching your destination. Follow these tips on your next trip to make the best out of your time at the airport.

Avoid flying on a weekend
Airports are at their busiest on the weekends. Booking your flight for a weekend ensures you’ll have to wait in long lines and sit on a more crowded airplane. To avoid all of that, try to book your flights for weekdays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Flying at a less busy time also means you’re likely to save money on an airline ticket, as you’re not competing with as many people for a spot.

Find the best parking
If you’re driving yourself to the airport, you probably know that parking is not cheap. However, most airports have multiple parking lots surrounding the area that compete with each other for the lowest prices. Before arriving at the airport, do a little bit of research to find the cheapest lot. Usually, within a week of your departure, these lots will offer special prices on short-term parking. Shop around and save yourself some money.

Check-in smoothly
Now, most airlines allow you to check in to your flight from the comfort of your own home, saving you time and stress at the airport. You can keep your boarding pass on your phone as well, so you don’t have to worry about carrying a piece of paper around with you. However, if you’re checking your luggage, you miss out on this luxury. Learn how to efficiently pack a carry-on suitcase so you can skip the check-in line.

Choose your seating
Some airlines now charge extra if you wish to pick your exact assigned seat on the plane. While a flight can already be expensive, paying the fee may be worth it to sit near the front. Those who are the closest to the front of the plane are the ones who can get off the plane first. This is especially important if you have to go through customs, or have small children who get antsy during travel. While it may seem like a luxury now, you’ll be glad you sprung for front row seats.