The Savvy Travel Expert
There are certain stresses that go with traveling. Being prepared and informed can help make travel more stress free and enjoyable
Packing Tips :
- Make a list and tick to it
- Consider the events you will participate in both day and night and write down a possible outfit for each activity. One piece may cover multiple occasions.
- Pick clothes that coordinate well together, based around complementary colors
- Roll Clothing items and place small items like sock and underwear in shoes.
- Check the projected forcast for your destination and pack accordingly.
- Be minimalist with toiletries. You can use those that are in the hotel or purchase abroad.
- Contact your accommodation destination to find out if they have items like hair dryers etc.
- Codisder Packing a wine/bottle opener if staying in a hotel/villa type accommodation.
- Use apps wisely. Travel apps can replace weighty travel books and maps.
- Wear your bulkiest item on the flight to cut down on bulk. Layer so that you can slip them off if too warm at your destination.
- Consider washing some of your items while on vacation as this means you can use clothing items more than once.
- Scan travel documents before you travel and keep safe (or leave at home with a family member) in case you loose the originals.
- Pack a towel. While it can be bulky , it will also double up as a blanked, pillow, sling and sunshade.
- Anti-bacterial gel or wipes are handy to freshen hands if no access to somewhere to wash hands.
- Teach kids hot to pack at a young age and they can carry some of their own items like toys.
- Label Luggage well with contact details and add a distinctive item like a coloured ribbon in order for the item to stand out on airport carousel.
- Be aware of luggage weight restrictions. If you are going long-haul, be conscious that long haul flight may allow more weight that a connecting internal flight so do your research.
Getting Through Security Efficiently
- Watch the security agent : Watch for the line that’s moving the fastest. Take a look at the security agent manning each line and choose the one that’s moving travelers thru with the greatest speed and efficiency.
Know the liquids and Gel rules :
- Liquids may only be carried in containers holding 100ml or less.
- Liquids must be carried separately in a single bag that is transparent and no larger than 8 IN
- Liquids containing over 100ml will not be permitted through security.
- Don’t Wrap Gifts – Security may have to open them.
- Organize Packing – Pack for the likelihood that security will want to open your bag. If it is dis-organized, it will take longer for them to completely check and longer for you to repack.
- If possible have your belt removed
- Wear shoes that can be easily removed
- Have coins and keys ready to put on the tray
- Remove jewelry while on the queue
Things not to wear on a plane
- Uncomfortable shoes
- Laced boots
- Fabrics ( e.g. Synthetic ) that don’t breathe.
- Tight clothing
- Complicated clothing
- Contact lenses ( as eyes can dry )
- Strong perfumes
- Offensive or inappropriate Clothing
Jet Lag :Your body’s internal clock or circadian rhythms, wich tell your body when to stay awake and when to sleep in the old time zone, are out of sync with cues from the new time zone, such as light exposure and dining times.
- Arrive early if you have an important meeting or other event that requires you to be on top form, try to arrive a few days early to give your body a chance to adjust.
- Get plenty of rest before your trip. Starting out sleep-deprived makes jet lag worse.
- Stay hydrated. Drink Plenty of water before , during and after your flight to counteract the dehydrating effect of flying.
- Gradually adjust your schedule before you leave
- Regulate bright light exposure. Because light exposure is one of the prime influences on your body’s circadian rhythm, regulating light exposure may help you adjust to your new location.
- Stay on your new schedule. Set your watch to the new time before you leave. Once you reach your destination, try not to sleep until the local nighttime. No mater how tired you are.
Choosing a seat on the plane
- For storage pick a seat near the rear
- For a quick exit, pick a seat on the left side of the plane, in the front
- For kids , pick a seat in the bulkhead
- For sleeping, pick a window seat on the plane left side, near the middle of the aircraft.
- For safety, pick an aisle seat in the rear, behind the traveling edge of the wing.
- For legroom pick an aisle seat in the exit row
- Flight delays lead to postponed boarding, flight cancellations and plane loaded with passengers packed on the tarmac.
- Most delays involve either maintenance or weather-related incidents, but can also be caused due to waiting for the plane of passages arriving on a connecting flight to land at the airport.
- For long delays, you may be entitled to assistance and to compensation, depending on the delay length and flight distance.