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Five Air Travel Tips For the First Time Flyer

Updated on July 16, 2011

Tip 1: Check Your Booking

As it is your first time flying, do ensure that there are no errors in your booking. Check for names (accurate spelling), dates you are flying, the time and so on. If there is more than one airport in your area, also ensure you know which airport you are flying from. 

This tip is crucial even for seasoned travelers. When checking the time, do ensure that on the day of your departure you set aside enough time to reach the airport before check-in closes. For international flights, the usual time check-in opens is 3 hours before the flight, while for domestic flights it's about 2 hours. Due to stricter air regulations, checking in may take longer. Hence, do not leave it till the last minute to check in. For those who will transit, check for details related to luggage, and whether you need to head to another terminal to catch the connecting flight. If you need to rush to another terminal, remember to space out the flights.

Tip 2: Wear Comfortable Clothes on Flight

Most travelers will inevitably travel by economy, meaning less space for your legs. Therefore, to make your trip more comfortable, you should firstly ensure that you are wearing something comfortable and not too tight. Do not wear something that is too thin as during long flights it may get cold. If you tend to feel cold easily, bring along a sweater or cardigan to throw on. Wear comfortable shoes too. To get better rest, bring along a neck pillow too.

Tip 3: Prepare Some Games if Travelling with Children

If it is normal for an adult to feel bored and restless during a flight, imagine the distress a child would feel, particularly if the flight is a long one. To reduce your child's boredom, you can prepare some games similar to a road trip. However, unlike a road trip, do take note that the space within a plane is more restricted and that many other passengers would like to take the opportunity to get some rest.

Therefore, in deciding what games to play, do keep in mind the level of noise which would occur if your kid plays the game. If you are not confident that your child can keep quiet while playing a game, opt to bring along some books for your child to read or even a colouring book for your child to doodle or colour on.

Tip 4: Luggage Matters

Nowadays,  most budget airlines do not offer free check-in luggage. You would have to pay an extra fee to check-in your luggage. Thus, before flying, do find out how much luggage you are allowed to bring with you. Different airlines have different rules. Some may allow hand carry luggage up to 10kg. Some up to 7kg. 

Also, another point to take note is that liquids and sharp items like knives and scissors) are partially restricted on planes. You would have to check-in this items. For liquids, if they are less than 100ml and placed in a clear plastic bag, it is fine. On the other hand, some items are entirely restricted such as flammable materials.

Tip 5: Relax

Last but not least, try to relax and not worry too much. Know that by preparing well according to the first four tips you have tried your best to make the flight as comfortable as possible. Now that you are on the flight itself, it is time to enjoy the moment. Imagine yourself reaching a new destination and discovering the gems in that place and anticipate the fun you will have.

Have a safe flight!

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    • lilian_sg profile imageAUTHOR

      lilian_sg 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for reading. I totally understand. When I was flying for the first time, I had conflicting feelings too. Nowadays, I just feel excited! Have a wonderful trip...

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      lynnechandler 

      8 years ago

      Great advice most I have already received but will be taking my first flight this coming weekend to see my daughter out in AZ. I'm anxious about it but excited at the same time if that makes sense.

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