You are about to jump on a plane and head overseas to a foreign place that you have never experienced before.
How exciting. But, feeling nervous and anxious is completely normal when approaching a situation that can be quite daunting.
It’s inevitable that you will make mistakes the first time you travel but here are some helpful tips that all first time travellers should know.
1) Fight or flight – How to survive the plane ride.
Flying is a luxury. We are so lucky to be able to travel from one side of the world to another. However, no one ever said it was any fun. In fact this is many people’s biggest concern when it comes to travelling. Luckily, there are things that you can do to make the many hours sitting on the plane more bearable.
– Wear comfy clothes.
The more oversized and slouchy your clothes are, the better. This will allow you to be able to move around in your seat and not feel restricted by your clothing.
Your legs, feet and ankles swell up while flying which is why flight socks are a good idea, as well as wearing shoes that will accommodate for feet swelling or wearing shoes that are easy to slip on and off.
Wearing layers, or brining an extra shirt or jumper in your carry on is essential. That way you can adjust to whatever temperature the plane is and can use the extra item of clothing to put over your body if you are cold. Travelling in a hoodie is an amazing idea to use to block out any unwanted light and can be used as extra comfort when trying to sleep.
– Flight essentials.
Don’t forget to pack your neck pillow. There is nothing worse than waking up with neck and back pain from falling asleep in a really awkward and uncomfortable position from the lack of support from a neck pillow.
Eye-masks are great to block out any light from and distractions that may be keeping you from falling asleep, similarly to headphones.
Girls, don’t forget to pack your most needed toiletries such as a toothbrush, roll on deodorant, lip balm, moisturiser, face wipes and even face masks if you want to keep your skin from drying out and have fun passing the time whilst doing so.
Make sure to bring a water bottle and some snacks. Airplane food isn’t always suited to everyone’s palette, so bringing some yummy food is essential.
It is important to remember to pack any medications you may need over the course of your flight from Panadol, to travel sickness medication, and any medication you may need to take as part of your normal everyday routine.
Bring your iPad, tablet, or laptop. Most airlines have available screens to watch movies on which is great, but you might not enjoy many of the options they have on offer. Bringing one of your own devices will ensure you have all your most loved shows and movies that you can enjoy. Bringing your laptop is also a good idea if you have any work you need to get done on the commute.
For some light entertainment, take onboard some magazines, books or even your kindle on the flight. Magazines also usually include some puzzles to keep you and your mind busy.
Always bring pen and paper. You will need the pen to fill out landing cards anyway, so why not bring some paper to scribble on. It is great for when you need a break from staring at a screen four hours on end or for when your devices run out of battery. It can also stimulate brain activity by playing games with friends or even doing some free hand writing.
Choose your seat wisely. Never opt for a middle seat. The aisle seat is the best option as you can easily move from your seated area without annoying the passengers seated next to you. This is the perfect opportunity for you to to stretch your legs by walking up and down the aisle and decrease restlessness. It is also much easier if you get sick on flight to quickly reach the bathroom and to feel less claustrophobic as you are not closed in on each side of you.
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2 Less is more – Don’t over pack.
If you are only going for a short time, try and bring carry-on luggage only. This will result in no additional costs and no extra stress when checking in your luggage and finding your luggage at the end of each flight. The more you pack, the more likely you are to lose items, and get frazzled and stressed every time you are trying to find something in your suitcase. Plan your outfits and bring items of clothing that you know will be easy to mix and match with the minimal amount of clothes you pack. Besides, If you love to shop, you are going to need to save room in your bag to fit all your new purchases in.
3) Organisation – Itinerary, folders and diaries.
It is best to keep your most important items in the same place at all times so you always know where to go for essential items such as your passport, wallet, phone and camera.
Make sure you have both a hard copy as well as electronic copies emailed to yourself of all your documentation such as your itinerary, flight and hotel bookings. And… just to be sure, make sure someone back at home also has a copy of all your documents you may need. This will ensure you know where you need to be at all times and that your holiday will run smoothly.
Keep a travel diary with you at all times so you can write down any important notes and information whilst travelling such as flight numbers and times, phone numbers of travel agents, hotels and airlines. This is so you don’t have to worry about having internet or enough power on your phone to access your documentation and you can quickly find important information without having to rummage through the copious number of documentation papers you have.
5) Be fearless but aware – Scammers and friendly locals.
Lastly, don’t plan everything. Throw the travel guide away and get lost in the beauty of where you are. Be wise and wary but don’t be paranoid. Follow your own interests and live on your own schedule. If you are constantly on edge and feeling paranoid, you will never truly relax and enjoy your holiday. Trust the people around you for help, not every person is out to steal your money or scam you.