Traveling by plane, in my opinion, is fun but sometimes it can be a bit odd and ackward, whether you have layovers or direct flights. Having flown domestic and international flights, I learned a few things with the travel.
Here are some tricks and tips that I have learned/gleaned from flying:
- Carry at least a little bit of cash, some venues only accept cash or after hours, vending machines are the only thing available. Plus, luggage carts are a nice perk at the end of a journey and many only take cash.
- Wear something comfortable and appropriate (I have never understood traveling in lounge/pajama wear), limit jewelry as no one ones to loose a cuff link or earring while in transit
- Carry a phone charger and outlet plug with you, many airlines don’t have inflight outlets, charge devices in airport or at home.
- When in the airport, especially if you have a layover, pick up postcard and send it to someone, a little note to say hello, a thank you, or send it to yourself. A little note goes a long way
- Pack your carry on and personal item as light as possible, remember, you are carrying these items, sometimes a lot.
- Avoid or limit alcohol consumption, intoxicated people aren’t often allowed to board, especially if the person is “acting up”
- Carry a small book or small project to work on, especially if the flight is long. Especially important with children.
- Carry your own snacks and beverages (check with your airline for regulation), in-flight snacks/options are not often given or “tasty” in variety
- Go to the restroom before boarding, no matter one’s size or shape, airline toilets are cramped, tight and not comfy
- If you like to sleep on the plane, carrying/taking a “u” shapped pillow or similiar item will be a nice luxury (I use a teddy bear that I travel with, it’s a pillow, a back prop,, a camera/phone holder for photo opprotunites, etc)
- If you are early for your flight or have a layover, wonder around the terminal, You often find interesting statues or other “treasures” that could be fun to read about or share via photo.
- Keep/use a print out-paper of your flight itineraries. It’s a sure fire back up incase your phone dies, the internet isn’t working, or your 2 year old nephew got a hold of your phone and deleted or moved the QR code and confirmation email.
- Make sure your ID’s are current, active, and in guidelines with traveling. the “real ID” is often required or another qualified issued government ID.
- For the comfort of yourself and others, practice extra good hygiene. People will be in close quarters.
I hope these tips are helpful and useful as you travel.