1. Have your ID and ticket ready for the person to scan. Pay attention to where the line starts and watch the people in front of you. In certain airports, I've experienced TSA officials with little to no patience.
2. Wear shoes that you can easily slip off and run in if you have to.
3. Read through an updated list of TSA rules if you haven't flown before.
*Here's a link to the list of what you can bring!
4. If you can wear pants without a belt, do so.
5. Save the jewelry for the first night out, not the plane. The nine rings on your hand might look good for an insta, but not to the guy waiting behind you to put them back on.
6. Short flight? Don't bring your laptop or iPad, as those have to be removed from your bag and placed in their own bin.
7. Empty your pockets BEFORE you enter the security line. I don't know how many times I've watched my dad throw a handful of coins in a bin.
8. If you don't absolutely need liquids before your flight is over- don't put them in your carry on. I bring chapstick and you don't have to take that out of your bag.
I know I know, what if you lose your luggage? I've flown over twenty times and I've only lost mine once. Trust your airline until they give you a reason not to.
9. Bring three things to do and then say, "Is the rest worth it?"
10. See if you qualify for TSA PreCheck here, so you can leave your shoes on and make it through security faster than normal passengers.
*Do you have any tips or tricks I didn't mention?
1. Parking is messy, especially on a weekend. If you see a spot right away, snag it. We thought we'd find one closer and we didn't. It's better to walk further than drive a few miles around the mountain and end up with little space to turn around!
2. Hike to the bridge, not to the top, unless you have plenty of time and are wanting to sweat. My parents hiked a few years ago and said it wasn't worth it, especially if the trail up is crowded.
3. For a good photo, pick one section of the falls as your landscape. The whole thing is beautiful, but the ones we captured on the bridge turned out much better.
4. It's free!!! So don't feel bad about grabbing some fudge as a snack on your way out. They give out free samples too if you're looking to save money for another meal!
-The falls are located 30 minutes outside of Portland
-Pets ARE allowed :)
-There is a restaurant in the lodge if you want to extend your stay and see another view of the falls.
Here's a link if you've got more time and want a more scenic route to the falls. At the bottom of the page they give you two scenic options!
*Did I miss any valuable tips?
*Are the falls worth to see in the winter?
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