So it’s that time again for vacation! Yay! After travelling internationally a few times I’ve discovered how to make long haul flights a little more enjoyable and stress-free! WHAT? Flying can be stress-free? Well, maybe not 100% stress-free but there are definitely a few things you can do to ensure a better overall experience.
Fill it up once you get past airport security. Have you seen the INSANE prices of water at the airports? Generally $5 or more per bottle. Cheat the system by bringing your own (you can also carry miniature bottles of alcohol in your carry on).
Pack Your Own Snacks and Food
Many people think you can’t bring your own food on the plane. You can, just avoid liquids obviously, and pack it in a clear container to make for easier checking.
Always Carry a Scarf or Light Jacket
Expect the plane and airport to be cold. If you’re travelling internationally it’s always great to carry a scarf as most churches and cathedrals will not allow you in with bare shoulders anyways.
Always Take Advantage of Frequent Flyer Points
Travelling on your birthday or alone? Don’t be afraid to let the flight attendant know, especially if you are a frequent flyer. They will likely upgrade your seat. In addition to having small perks as a frequent flier, you can also use your points for VIP lounges during your delays or connections (if you’re stuck at the airport most lounges have day passes for under $50).
Sign up for TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry
Do you hate waiting in long lines? This can totally be avoided if you are approved for TSA pre-check and Global Entry. You no longer have to remove your shoes, wait in lines, get you’re liquids checked and more (just make sure to do so before). It’s an $85 fee for 5 year membership. Read more about it here.
Carry a Portable Charger
Many if not all countries have a completely different electrical outlet. Make sure to check what type of adapter you need before flying. Carrying a portable charger can really be beneficial when travelling for long periods of time or being in another country in general.
I learned this the hard way in Sweden. If they know you’re foreign they will likely try to take advantage and charge you WAY more (especially if you are using a different form of currency). Use the public transportation systems when possible- trains-subways-buses. This is the preferred method of transportation in Europe anyways.
Pack an Extra Bag
I always carry an extra set of clothes with me for long flights, just in case I miss a connection or spill something on myself. It’s very beneficial to have an extra bag to put your dirty clothes in so you aren’t ruining any of your clean clothes.
Screen Shot your Boarding Pass or Download your Airline’s App
Carrying the paper boarding pass around is not only annoying but you may lose it. Save yourself time and the annoyance by downloading the app or saving the screen shot to your favorites to have immediately when needed.
Wear Your Heaviest Garments
Packing a jacket or heavy clothing item? Wear it to save more space in your luggage and not have to pull things out last minute if you go over the designated weight.
Email Yourself a Scan of Your Passport
You will thank yourself if you become a victim of theft.
Download Google Maps for Offline Use
The new version of Google Maps allows you to download a specific city map and save it for later (no WiFi needed). This will really come in handy if you hit a spot with no WiFi- which is VERY likely to happen if you are travelling internationally.
Vacuum Seal When You Pack
This not only keeps you organized and frees up space, but you can also fit 5X more in your suitcase.
Take the Extra Hotel Toiletries
You will thank yourself if you ever miss a connection and get stuck at the airport for long hours. They are also the perfect carry on size.
Don’t get upset when the inevitable happens, like your flight is cancelled or delayed. Just enjoy your vacation and make the best of it.
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Xo and Safe Travels,