Planning a trip abroad? Air travel tips and advice part four
Are you planning a vacation or business trip abroad? You will likely be traveling for at least part of the trip. Read the helpful tips in this article – and others in the series – to make sure your experience is more enjoyable (and maybe even cheaper).
- Flights have been cancelled. It’s an unpleasant fact. Before you head to the airport, make sure you have the airline’s reservations number written down or programmed into your cell phone. If the airline cancels your flight, you can calmly use your cell phone or head to the nearest pay phone and make an alternate reservation—while avoiding the scramble at the box office.
- Noise canceling headphones are great for reducing cabin noise. You can turn it on and use it even when you are not listening to music, audiobooks or movies. Another option is to buy inexpensive earplugs – they are available at most drugstores and department stores.
- Make sure to pack a set of clothes and essentials in your handbag such as a toothbrush and razor. If the airline loses your luggage, they will be able to handle it.
- Never put anything like expensive jewelry or irreplaceable items in your checked baggage. Pack it in your handbag or leave it at home.
- Booking a flight in the middle of the week for round trips can save you money on tickets. You will also avoid heavy crowds especially during the weekends.
- Terrorism is no joke, and airline employees have no sense of humor when it comes to statements about bombs, weapons, and other perceived threats. Don’t make inappropriate remarks. This could result in you missing your flight and being detained or even imprisoned.
- Make sure you know how to operate your laptop, digital camera, portable audio player, PDA, etc. Security personnel may ask you to explain electronic equipment. This will ensure that it does not contain anything considered a threat to the safety of the passengers.
- Before you drive to the airport, call ahead to see if your flight is on schedule. You may be able to save hours in the lounge for planes that will be delayed.
- Some airlines will give you partial refunds or other compensation if your flight is greatly delayed. Make sure to ask. The pesky wheel gets the grease!
- If you need to use your laptop on the plane, choose an AC/Auto/Air adapter. It will allow you to plug into the 12V auxiliary outlet of the aircraft (or your car).
- If you ask the airline to classify your baggage as “fragile,” it will be among the first out on the baggage carousel and will generally be placed on top of other baggage. Note the word “generally”. Nothing is set in stone.
- An inflatable travel pillow can save your neck if you plan to take a nap on the plane. It won’t take up much space in your handbag and swell up quickly. You will reach your destination without causing unpleasant muscle pain in your shoulders, neck and upper back.
- In a hurry to get ready for your trip, don’t forget to stay hydrated. Drink extra fluids a few days before you travel, and you’ll deal better with the very dry cabin air. This will also help you combat jet lag.
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