Do you fear travelling like the plague? I as hell sure do.
Ugh, all that waiting around, security, smelly people, crying babies.
I cannot deal with it.
But in my last few years of extreme travelling, (Im talking 12 hour flights here, and 8 hour layovers) I have figured a few of my own tips and tricks for making my life easier when up in the air, and down on the ground too!
I honestly cannot stress this enough. Organisation is the key to a successful and smooth flight. I have a few tips on keeping organised that I use all the time!
- If you have a journal, write a list of must-haves in the back of it about 2 weeks before you go. Every now and then if you remember something, top it up to your list and a few days before you leave, make sure you have every single thing on that list.
- Keep all travelling documents and ID in a small bag and put that in an easy to reach part of your handbag, AND KEEP IT THERE! I cannot even count the amount of times I have wasted time stressing over looking for my passport and tickets up at the desk because when I was at security I just threw them back into my bag to rush off. DO NOT rush off, take the extra 5 seconds and put them back in the place they belong!
This one is important so listen carefully.
- ALWAYS put the exact same name that is on your passport, onto your ticket when buying. I never knew this was an issue until I was about to put my shorter name on my ticket a few weeks back, only my mother spotted me doing it! I was very lucky to say the least! Security will not accept a passport and ticket with different names, no matter how small. John Paul Murphy is not the same as John Murphy in security’s eyes, and they won’t be long letting you know!
- Make sure you have no liquids over 100ml in your carry-on. That one’s easy.
- Always keep spare panties, comfortable sweats and socks in your carry-on. You never know if your flight will be delayed, and you don’t want to be forking out in duty free, or even worse, smelly!
KEEP YOUR WITS ABOUT YOU!
Travelling for a long time can really play on your mind and you can begin to go a bit loopy. I was in Heathrow, London last year waiting 5 hours for my flight and I kept having to check the notice board to check what time my gate was opening, every 30 minutes because I was forgetting!
So don’t be me, the fool looking getting up to check the notice board every half hour, just write it down.
I honestly don’t know why I didn’t think of that at the time. *Face palm*
If you have a layover, the minute you get into the terminal, find your gate or the general area of it. Believe me, you do not want to waste time in duty-free and when you realise you have 20 minutes to get to the gate, that you have to take a freaking bus to get there! You do not want to be that girl running for dear life through the terminal, shouldering innocent people and busting your bags off poor children.
Been there, done that. Again, *face palm*
If you want to buy in duty-free, (who doesn’t?) just keep in mind the amount you are buying. Some airlines will be nice and let you on with 5 duty-free bags, some are mean. So be careful and stuff as much as you can into your carry-on, otherwise they will throw it in the under carriage with the luggage, and we all know that Chanel perfume you bought will get smashed. 😦
ON THE FLIGHT
Planes are ALWAYS chilly. If you are feeling a little warm and sweaty on flight, it is probably because you are a little travel-sick. But for the most part, you will be a little on the chillier side, and if you are on a flight less than 3 hours long, there probably won’t be blankets provided, and even at that, the blankets only get washed when they look dirty.
Yeah, gross right?
So always throw an extra layer into your bag, or else wear it on. It is better to have a comfortable flight than to be shivering and uncomfortable.
If you don’t mind heights, always get a window seat. The views are distracting and you can easily burn an hour just gazing out the window. It may be a pain if you need to get out to the toilet, but it’s better than staring at the seat in front of you for the whole flight!
I always bring deodorant, a perfume sample, face wipes and moisturiser to freshen up before I land, no matter how long the flight is. There is something about flying that just makes you feel so yucky. Time yourself and get up about 45 minutes before you are scheduled to land. (They don’t let you up in the last 30 minutes) Spray some deodorant and perfume or brush your teeth and get back to your seat and cleanse your face or apply make-up there.
Trust me, you will feel a million dollars when freshened up.
Quick tip: If you are on a long flight ( 6+ hours) bring an energy booster tablet, like the ones that fizzle and dissolve in water and drink it before you land. You will need the energy for custom lines and baggage claim!
So those are all of my tips for now! Don’t worry, I have plenty more tips for packing, but that will come in a different post. 😉
I hope you got some help from this post, and if you are travelling anywhere this summer, I hope you have a fabulous trip!
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