Vacations, whether domestic or international, are something everyone looks forward to. To others, it may seem like luck that we can just hop on a plane to get where we need to go. But if there are issues with the aircraft, it may spoil the trip, and that’s the last thing we want.
Planning ahead is essential for a successful trip. Most travelers, however, show up to the airport exhausted and then realize they forgot an essential item—like their passport—before takeoff. Even after checking in, some passengers still manage to miss their flight. Here are some suggestions to aid with your flying preparations:
Avoid taking off while exhausted.
Between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m., many international long-haul flights take off. Also, you might have to get up at 4 a.m. if you have a really lengthy trip to the airport. And you feel like collapsing even before you get there. You can avoid hassle by spending the night before your flight at a hotel near the airport. You’ve spent a lot on your trip so far; pay a bit more to get a decent night’s sleep before you leave on your flight.
Keep your passport somewhere secure, like your carry-on, that you can easily reach at all times. Get your bags weighed before heading to the airport. One can get a good set of cheap scales for under ten bucks. And can prevent you from having to unpack your bags in front of a room full of strangers.
Put all of your belongings, including any liquids, inside your carry-on bag to speed through security. In addition, remove any metal items (belts, chains, etc.) that could trigger security systems. Make sure your laptop is on its own tray and that you don’t pack any liquids in your bag.
Meals served in flight
The in-flight meal experience is not for everyone. Make sure you have something to eat by stocking up on candy and sandwiches before you board. If you’re still holding on to the sandwiches when the plane lands, toss them as quickly as you can. Don’t risk getting in trouble with customs!
Customs and Immigration
Before heading to the front desk, double check that all necessary paperwork has been filled out. And don’t forget to flash that bright grin whenever you interact with the immigration official. If you claim on the forms that you do not have any food, and it is later revealed that you have, you will be hit with a hefty fine and given a bad reputation. Consult the customs officers if you plan to bring food into the country. You are not a food smuggler, that is what they are there for.
After leaving the airport, if you want to take a cab, check that the meter is turned on before getting in. It can prevent a whole lot of hassle down the road.