Travel tips – Air travel

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Long-haul air travel, especially economy / tourist / pack-em-in class, can get very uncomfortable and boring. In an attempt to alleviate some of these drawbacks, we hope that some of the following may help you:

  • wear the most comfortable clothes you have. Forget about “ dressing up ” to travel – those days were gone decades ago. Comfort is the key.
  • Once on board, take off your shoes and put on an extra pair of socks. Put on your shoes a few minutes before you land.
  • Get rid of or loosen the belts to stop restricting blood flow.
  • Download and print maps of all the airports you will be using. Some airports are a nightmare to get your bearings. These can also take a bit of the boredom out of a trip. Study the map of the airport where you will land.
  • To avoid waiting at the airport if a flight is delayed, call the airline to confirm take-off times.
  • Check in at least 2 hours in advance. There is always a chance that you will be “pushed around” if you are late in the line.
  • Check your baggage allowance (hand baggage and storage) and make sure you are not finished as this can cause delays or you may even have to leave some of your belongings. This is a real problem that you should not ignore. A few years ago I was on a flight from Singapore to Moscow with an allowance of 30 kg, but on the flight from Moscow to London the allowance was only 20 kg on the same airline. It was either to pay US $ 50 per kg more than the allowance or to leave things behind. I was traveling very light and only had about 7 kg on me. I helped the other passengers as best I could by carrying extra things, but some had to leave things behind. The women were crying (you had to leave a nice pram and other personal effects). Be careful!
  • If your flight is canceled, don’t rush to the counter as everyone will and it may take a while before you can discuss the alternatives with a member of staff, call your travel agent or the airline instead. So make sure you have contact details for all the airlines you will be flying with (you should be able to find them on your e-tickets you have – right?).
  • Be aware that there is a good chance that you will be “ bumped ” – not be allowed, for whatever reason the airline chooses, to take the flight. If this happens, usually because the airline has overbooked the flight to make sure it is full, the airline will normally offer free accommodation until you can catch the next available flight and / or offer you a bonus of some type such as an upgrade. . If they don’t offer anything, ask!
  • If a flight is delayed by a “force majeure” – ie. Bad weather, terrorist attack, security problem, etc., the airline considers “your problem” and not theirs. So no free hosting or special offers. This is sometimes how you need to keep your cool, make sure you have a place where you can sit comfortably and maybe even sleep and make sure you have snacks and water on. you.
  • If you want the best seat available, ask for a bulkhead or exit seat. These have more legroom and are usually the last to be allocated. So when you check in, ask for one. Another reason to arrive early! Note: You may need to look fit and healthy, because in an emergency you may need to open an emergency exit.
  • Stuck at the airport while waiting for the next flight. Check to see if you can enter the airline executive lounge. Many airlines will allow you in if you pay a small fee and appear tidy.
  • Drink plenty of water during the flight. Air conditioning draws moisture from the air and you can get dehydrated quite quickly.
  • If you want to maintain that great tan, be sure to cover yourself with a moisturizer as the dry air can simply flake off all your hard work and leave you looking as pale as when you started your vacation.
  • Do not buy bottled water at airports because it will cost you a lot of money. Get a cup with a lid to sip on. Airport restaurants normally fill it with ice water for free, and flight attendants will be happy to fill it during the flight.
  • Lubricate the contacts regularly during a flight as dry air can cause you problems. Or get rid of the lenses and put on your glasses for the duration of the flight.
  • Ear pain when landing (the most common) or taking off can be a real problem for some people. To get relief, chew something or block your nose with your fingers and blow into your mouth (as if you are trying to sound a trumpet) as loud as you can – if you feel the air rushing into your ears, it works. Keep blowing until the pressure is equal.
  • Walk as much as you can during the flight. It helps maintain blood flow, stops edemia (water build-up in the feet that can cause swelling), and also greatly reduces the life-threatening problems of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
  • Don’t joke about guns or bombs. This is illegal and may see you in prison for a long stay.
  • Earplugs can be helpful in cutting out the noise of that crying child in the next row or just helping you fall asleep.
  • A small inflatable neck support can help you sleep if you normally have problems.
  • Go to the bathroom just before you land. Brush your teeth, wash your face, and see if you can empty your bladder. If you are using makeup, apply a little. This will help you feel much better and more relaxed when you land.

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