Travel Tips for Flying
Travelling by Plane and What to Expect.
Travelling by air is convenient and can be comfortable if you are prepared. You need to know what to pack for the flight and what you are going to do when you get into the aeroplane, in order for your flight to be a good experience.
Firstly, check in for a domestic flight is usually one hour before departure and for international flights it is two hours before.
You need your passport, visa and travel documents with you. If you are older or have a medical problem, a doctors approval letter needs to accompany your documents.
After you have checked in, you get a ticket with the seat number on it and should you have any specific place that you would like to sit, meals that you need or any requirements, this has to be done before you get onto the plane, either through a booking agent or travel agency that you have bought your ticket from. Once you are on the plane, it is too late to have any special needs provided for.
You receive a seat number and you can store your hand luggage above your seat in an overhead compartment. Most flights these days allow laptops after take - off but you will need to verify this, as many airlines are different.
The plane waits for the last passenger to get on board, the luggage to be stowed and the plane's routine checks to be done, before it is allowed to leave.
Your seatbelt has to be on and your chair needs to be in the upright position during take- off.
Nobody is allowed to get up from their seats until the cabin crew tell you to.
Be sure to follow instructions on safety in the plane as it is always important to know, to avoid panic.
When the plane takes off from the runway, it has to go at a very high speed in order to get up into the air and sometimes you will feel a slight bump here and there, but this is normal.
Once the aeroplane is in the air, there might be a little turbulence, depending on the weather conditions.
The flight does get cold and they do provide you with a blanket, but if you have the space, take something warm and cozy with you as the blankets are thin and don't really keep you warm.
Most flights have movies on board and you are offered earphones to listen.
You do get beverages and food on the planes and never be afraid to ask for something, once the seatbelt lights are off.
What to Pack into Your Handbag for the Airplane
Medication and passports are important because if you loose your medicines or your passport, you will probably end up going home or messing up your trip.
Keep your passport and travel documents in a safe compartment in your handbag and make a copy of it, placing that into your hand luggage.
Money for the airport, perhaps a coffee or a juice and a snack, magazine for while you wait, should be in your currency. Have enough for before your flight and for your return.
All the curency for your travels should be either in a credit card or travellers cheques. Take some cash with you but do not keep too much on hand as you will be a target for theft.
Your handbag can have all your documentation and money in it but try to save some space for medication and things that you will need urgently and easily able to find.
Hand Luggage - What to take on Board
You can take your handbag with you on the plane as long as it is not bigger than your suticase. It should be able to fit onto your lap or on the floor infront of your feet. If it is bigger than that, then it will have to go into the compartment above your head.
Hand luggage is only allowed to be 5kg's in weight and the bag itself has to be a maximum of 55cm in length and 40cm wide. If it is bigger and heavier than that, you will be asked to check it in, where it will be sent to the cargo hold.
Hand luggage is just that, hand luggage. You should get one with wheels so that when you are rushing around trying to find transport on your travels, it is easy to move around.
Many airlines are different but most of them forbid you to take certain items on board the plane and should you have any of these with you, it will be confiscated from you.
Scissors, knives, blades, sharp instruments or anything pointy will not be allowed on the plane.
Liquids are allowed to be 100ml's and they need to be placed into a plastic, sealed bag. If they are not placed into these and you have more than 100 ml's, it will be taken away, even if they are partially full.
Baby food, medicines and milk over 100ml, must be presented for xray. Therefore they need to be placed into a sealed, plastic bag on the outside of your hand luggage for easy access.
Lipsticks and deodorants can be placed into your hand luggage as normal.
Duty free perfumes and cigarettes and alcohol, are allowed on board in reasonable quantities.
Food items are allowed in small quantities and if you have meat products on board, it can only be bite size pieces equivalent to 40grams.
This bag is for you to be able to access conveniently, therefore, it should have necessities in it.
Pack something warm to wear, but remember to wear the heavy jackets or coats instead of packing it into your luggage.
Cosmetics and toiletries should be according to the allowance of 100ml's and decant them into small bottles if you can.
Pack camera equipment and your valuable items into your hand luggage, so that you can keep your eye on it at all times.
How to Get Comfortable on a Plane
Firstly, ensure that you do not get a seat near to the toilets or crew rest. The worst seat on the plane is the one at the very back as you are directly infront of the toilets and you cannot move your seat too much further back, you are near to the crew rest, where the airline staff come through many times during the flight.
Avoid having too much luggage at your feet, so that you have some room to move and stretch out your legs.
Make use of the airline blanket and if they give you slumber shades, use them.
Take off your shoes, wear comfortable clothing in order to feel relaxed whilst sitting for many hours and use the earphones to zone out any noises around you.
Avoid alcohol on the plane as this dehydrates you.
Move your legs around to enhance circulation and prevent swelling.
For take off or descent, chew gum to prevent your ears from blocking.
Try to get some sleep on the plane because if you are travelling long distances, you could have a very exhausting time, checking in, checking out and catching cabs, buses ot trains.
Earphones, slumber shades, blanket, shoes off and comfy clothing, will allow you to relax on board.
How to Pack Your Suitcase
If you are travelling internationally, then pack as light as you can because you will definately want to bring things back home with you.
Do some research on the climate in the country that you are going to be visiting, so that you know exactly what to wear in the climate.
Put everything you want to take with onto your bed. Once you have seen what you have to take, eliminate some of that as you will not need all of it.
Pack shoes into your bag first and stuff socks and underwear into them, to give you more space.
Shoes should be packed heel to toe. Once they are all packed in, take soft items and place them into the gaps between your shoes.
T.shirts and soft clothing should be packed into an even layer to allow you more space.
Bulkier items such as jeans, jackets, skirts and dresses, should be placed into the centre of your suitcase with half of it hanging out the side. Place another pair of pants or a dress in the middle, hanging over the opposite side. Layer all your clothing this way and then fold them into the middle, one by one.
Throw a laundry bag over the top of your packed luggage to get rid of the air in the suitcase.
Now you place non - clothing items, such as your camera, toiletries and cosmetics into the centre of the suitcase, for maximum protection.
Don't roll your belts but place them all along the ends of your suitcase, the entire way around.
Folded or collared shirts should be placed at the top of your luggage and this should go in last.
Remember that there are limitations on luggage weight, so don't pack more than that or you will end up paying for the extra kilos.