How to make your air travel not only bearable but enjoyable
Along the way, I have learned some great air travel tips to make my flights a little more something I can look forward to and not dread. Air travel hacks that can make your flights simpler, more comfortable and have you traveling like a veteran flyer
Air Travel Tips – Getting ready for the long plane ride
Thankfully those air travel days from the 1950’s are long gone when dressing up for a flight was all the rage.
The concept was to be stylish and fashionable regardless how uncomfortable and long the flight would be.
However, these days, style can still be assured but it is about feeling relaxed and comfortable. Unless you intend to seek some free upgrade or having to immediately be presentable and at your best on the other side, it is less important to be looking like some fashion model. You need to be well prepared for air marathons.
Long haul flights are exactly that – l-o-n-g. There are some simple ways that you can ensure that the journey is less arduous then it has to be. A few good tips will have you sorted.
When getting ready for that international flight, think ahead and pack ahead. World travel is made that much easier with careful planning.
Here are some key air travel tips to consider
- First and foremost – PRICE! Look for cheap flights international or low cost flights international in your searches and not just cheap flights or flight deals to drill down to the good deals that are out there.
- Carry-on luggage. Very important. Pack exactly what you know will assist your comfort throughout the journey.
- Electronics – Things like a Kindle, MP3 player, PS3 hand-held etc.
- Have a nice mix of relaxing music to listen to on your phone or MP3 player.
- Reading materials – magazines and easy reads along with a good book if you do not have an ereader.
- Have your phone charger handy in your carry-on. You may have a newer plane whereby you can charge your device from the socket available in the armrest,
- Snacks – vital tip – Plane food is notoriously lacking – especially in coach.
- Good seat – absolutely essential. Early check-in or, better still, do it online– good for a better seat and to have some chill time before a flight.
- A pen! There is nothing more frustrating then having to scramble in your stuff for a pen when the stewardess brings round those forms to fill out before landing. Have one handy at all times. You’ll need to fill out more forms at customs and passport control. (Probably the most useful air travel tips I ever learned)
- Ear Plugs
- Neck pillow – lavender scented is recommended.
- Travel blanket and pillow (if you worry about airline cleaning practices)
Useful articles about air travel
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What not to do when you fly
Some people can go overboard with their carry-on items to make a flight more comfortable. Keep to the essentials and you will not be annoying everyone around you as you keep getting up for the next air travel accessory from your carry-on luggage.
I have seen some people kitted out to a laughable extreme with so much paraphernalia they are so uncomfortable and cramped because of all the stuff they brought to be more comfortable! Air travel needs to be as comfortable as possible..
Keep it simple, keep it light and take only what you think you really will need.
I usually go change into a tracksuit after takeoff – that way I can be snug and comfortable and not have the worry about arriving looking like I just hauled clothing from a wash basket.
Try to avoid drinking too much alcohol as it will dehydrate you and make you feel wrecked by the time you get to your destination. Also, try and avoid just sitting for the entire flight other than your bathroom breaks. It’s a safe and healthy practice to get up and walk about every so often to avoid deep vein thrombosis, cramps etc.
TSA/Flight security requirements
- Liquids, gels and aerosols packed in carry-on must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule:
- 3.4 ounces or less per container
- 1 quart size, clear, plastic, zip top bag (all liquids must fit in bag)
- 1 bag per passenger
- Review the prohibited items list for both carry-on and checked baggage.
- If purchasing a baggage lock, be sure to look for those that are TSA recognized.
- Tape a card with your name and contact information on your electronics.
More air travel tips
- Thick socks – walking around barefoot or in normal socks is not going to protect you from the toilet floors or cabin mess. Also, it can save embarrassment if you may have smelly feet from the shoes you had been wearing all day.
- Water – but this is an issue these days as liquids are limited by TSA and other airport security agencies. Rather buy bottled water after customs control, on the plane or get it for free (depending on airline policy)
- Wear easy to get on and off shoes. Last thing you want are shoes that require lots of lacing (especially at security in the airport). Slip on’s are the best.
- Wear loose clothing….layering is the best. Some aircraft, especially on long flights, get really cold with the air-conditioning. So wear layers to save luggage space and stuff that you can easily shed as it gets warmer
- Remember your destination weather. If flying from a hot climate back to a northern winter, you need that jacket handy. It sounds like a no brainer but I have seen enough people walking off a plane in shirtsleeves and thinking they can pull their jacket from the stowed luggage once they get it off the luggage belt.
- On that note, don’t just assume that your luggage will arrive. Without warm clothing, you’re not going to be a happy camper when all you have is what’s on your back.
- Always pack essentials in your carry-on bag. A set of clean clothing is a good idea in the event you may not get your luggage
- After shave/perfume in a small plastic (TSA /airport security requirements) spray bottle is smart. Great for a freshen up once you get to the destination./