Gone are the days when flying in a plane meant there was a pretty good chance you weren’t going to make it to your destination. Airplane accidents and other malfunctions are now very, very few and far between. Although traveling by plane is now a very safe way to travel, there are always things you can do to ensure you have an even safer flight. Aside from making sure you make it through security and reach your gate on time, what else can do you to set yourself up for a safe flight? To help you on this journey, here are three things you should know and do in order to have safer airline travel at all times.

Get Yourself A “Run Kit”

Despite the fact that the chances of having an issue while you’re in the air during your flight are very slim, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected. This means that you’re ready for a bad situation even if you know one is unlikely. To best prepare for this, Marisa Garcia, a contributor to Travel and Leisure, recommends setting yourself up with a “run kit”. A run kit is a small kit that has only the essentials that you’d need if you had to leave the plane in a hurried emergency. This may include your passport, wallet, emergency medication, contact list or cell phone. All these items should fit in a very small bag or pouch that you keep on you at all times during the flight, making it easy to leave at a moment’s notice without having to rummage through your items.

Try For Nonstop Flights When Possible

According to Peter Savage, a contributor to WorldTravelers.org, the greatest chances for something to go wrong during your flight is during takeoff or when you’re landing. With this in mind, it makes sense that being able to limit the amount of times you’re in these situations would make your flight safer. For this reason, seeking out flights that are nonstop rather than ones where you have to change planes or have a layover somewhere are going to statistically be safer, not to mention they’re usually shorter as well.

Watch Out For Heavy Baggage

Turbulence is something that is a common occurrence on many flights. However, even if the turbulence doesn’t cause something to go wrong with the function of the plane, it can make for a dangerous situation in the cabin. Turbulence can shake around items stowed in the overhead compartments, making those sitting underneath them susceptible to being bashed with these heavy items. To keep this from happening to you, AirSafe.com recommends trying not to sit under the opening of the overhead bins, especially if the luggage looks especially heavy once placed in the storage area.

To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, use the tips mentioned above the next time you fly.