Preparing for an overseas trip? Air travel tips part six
Hopping on a plane to go anywhere seems to get more complicated every day. New security measures and safety considerations trigger an endless parade of rules and regulations. This article, the last in a series of six, can help you through the maze. Make sure to collect the entire series.
- Do you find it difficult to sleep on a plane? Are you a nervous traveler? Put some chamomile tea bags in your handbag! Once the plane is in the air, ask the flight attendant for some hot water and steep a soothing cup of chamomile tea. It may help lull you into a restful sleep.
- If you have connecting flights, be sure to tag your luggage to your final destination. This will save you the hassle of collecting luggage, going through security, and catching your connecting flight.
- Instead of paying the exorbitant fee for headphones, make sure you pack them yourself.
- Avoid that lethargic feeling – take a brisk walk or work out in the gym before heading to the airport. You’ll arrive feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the swarming crowds at your destination.
- Find out about all the airport terminals that you will pass through during your trip. You can use the internet to locate airport maps. Study it a bit, and carry the printouts with you when you travel. If you anticipate a time crunch between connecting flights, study the map carefully before you land so you know exactly where you need to go to catch the next plane.
- Airport restaurant food is far superior to what is served on the plane. Eat on the premises before boarding and during delays between connecting flights.
- Pay attention to where the emergency doors are located. Count the number of seats to the nearest exit until you find your way out into a smoky room. Read the onboard information about safety procedures. Then relax! The chances of serious problems occurring are very small.
- Try to get an advance seat assignment when booking your tickets. This will reduce the possibility of collision.
- If possible, see if you can pack everything you need into one carry-on bag. You will save time and trouble, because you will be able to circumvent the checked baggage system (and the possibility of baggage loss).
- If you are taking an anti-nausea medication, do so the moment you lie back in your chair. The drug needs time to get into your system before it can be beneficial to you. Wait until you start vomiting it’s too late!
- The most dangerous parts of any flight are take off and landing. Try to book nonstop flights when possible. You save time and increase security. Remember, however, that compared to all other forms of travel, air is statistically the safest way to go.
- If you wear contact lenses, the dry air in the cabin can irritate sensitive eyes. You may want to switch to glasses while traveling. If you choose to stick with your contacts, make sure they are scrupulously clean and that you keep them lubricated.
- Do not carry your tickets with you while you are out sightseeing and eating. They are important documents that should be treated with the same care you give your passport. If you lose a ticket, report it immediately. It can take some time to replace, requiring you to pay for the second ticket upfront (while waiting several months for a refund).
- To help very young children change pressure during descent, encourage them to chew gum or suck on a pacifier (or thumb).
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