Flying safely is a priority for travelers, pilots, and airline companies. Thankfully, modern technology has done a lot to advance jets, and few life-threatening emergencies occur while flying. In the event of an emergency, or if you’re prone to midflight anxiety, however, you want to plan ahead and be prepared to respond safely and promptly. Here are some preflight and midflight tips you can follow to fly safely.

Pay Attention to the Safety Briefing

Once everyone has boarded and the plane is taxiing to the runway, the attendants will go through a pre-flight safety demonstration that covers things such as how to attach your oxygen mask and where the emergency exits are located. Pay attention to this information, and if you’re sitting in an exit row, note the special instructions for how to open the door if needed. You can also locate the life jacket, sick bag, and other items around your seat, so you know where they are if you need them.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Board Your Plane

One of the best ways to stay safe to and from the airport and during your flight is not to rush. Give yourself more time than you think you’ll need to make it to your terminal and to board the plane. Being in a hurry will amplify any stress you experience while flying, and you’re more likely to have a hard time relaxing and paying attention to the attendants on your flight.

Keep Calm and Fly Safe

Whether there’s an emergency or you just feel your stress building, you need to stay calm and avoid panicking. Take a deep breath and act deliberately, whether that means following a flight attendant’s instructions or taking steps to stop a panic attack from happening, such as closing your eyes or practicing mindfulness. If you’re prone to flight stress, pack something to read or bring headphones, so you can listen to music and drown out sensory stimulation that may trigger a phobia.

Pick Your Travel Outfit Carefully

Dress for comfort and mobility when you fly. This will help you feel at ease in your seat. Also, in an emergency situation, you’ll have a much easier time exiting the plane if you’re wearing casual shoes and clothes.

Know That Planes Are Very Safe

Learning a bit about how planes work will give you peace of mind while flying, and it will also help you respond correctly to any emergency that arises. For starters, know that planes rarely crash, and that turbulence has only contributed to one plane going down. Every essential system on a plane has backups, and those backups have backups. Even in the rare event of a landing gear failure or both engines going out, pilots are usually able to bring the plane safely back to Earth. You’re more likely to die of a bee sting or a lightning strike than in a commercial jet airline crash.

Though planes are a wonderfully safe mode of transportation, you still need to be prepared to navigate emergencies and manage your stress. Follow the tips above to be the best traveler possible and get to your destination safely.