booked your tour, you’re excited, and it’s almost time to fly across the ocean!
– But you’re nervous about the long flight.
Don’t you fret! I’m here to help.
Here are a few Tips and Tricks I’ve learnt while traveling around world.
#1 Know what kind of flight you’ll be taking –
Night flight OR Day flight?
When I’m planning a trip that includes flying, I like to know what time of the day my flight takes place. This may not seem important but having that knowledge will help you plan how you experience the flight. For instance – if you’re taking a night flight most of your time in the air will be spent with the cabin lights low and maybe even off for hours at a time. This makes trying to read and write to pass the time more difficult and the low light can often make you feel tired. In that case, allow time to sleep. Truthfully, the light will probably only come on for meals and descent.
#2 The days leading up to your flight are very important.
I know, it may be daunting knowing that you have a huge trip around the corner. You’re freaking out, you don’t want to forget anything… That’s understandable, but don’t stress yourself out. If you spend the days leading up to your flight worrying, there’s a chance you will end up not enjoying the beginning of your tour. Don’t leave organization to the last minute – Get ready a week before. That way you’ll be able to rest in the last few days leading up to your trip. Go grab some coffee with a friend, get a massage, ANYTHING to get you mentally ready for an amazing time in Africa!
#3 Pack your carry-on wisely.
This kind of ties into knowing when your flight takes place. Firstly, check cabin baggage allowance! Some airlines only allow you to bring carry-ons with a certain weight and size. Besides, you don’t want to lug around a heavy bag, do you? In my opinion, what you bring in your carry-on will make or break your flight experience.
are a few things I never leave without:
A Good Read – Whether that’s a New York Times “Best Seller” or your favourite magazine, having some material to pass the time will make a world of a difference.
Snacks – Of
course you’ll be fed on you long flight, but I find that bringing a few of my
favourite snacks with me help me enjoy my “down time”. I love free peanuts and
all but let’s be real, that’s not fun! Treat yourself!
Gum – Maybe you’re not a gum fanatic but chewing gum sure does help with cabin pressure. Your ears will pop in no time!
Ear Plugs – There’s nothing I hate more than the constant aircraft humming on a flight. Some simple ear plugs will quiet that noise and help with relieving some cabin pressure as well.
Facial towelettes – This doesn’t just apply to women! The air circulating through the aircraft is second hand air and can cause major breakouts and skin irritation. Using facial towelettes help to remove excess oils and leaves your face feeling fresh and clean! And to make it even better get facial towelettes that are infused with some lotion – Keep that skin hydrated!
AND LASTLY, Chargers – Don’t forget to bring your charging cables with you! Don’t let your electronics die half way through your flight!
#4 Stay organized.
I like keeping my carry-on very organized. I usually use a canvas tote bag because canvas is a very durable material and perfect for travel. And keeping everything separated into different travel pouches helps a ton too! That way I won’t waste time rummaging through a chaotic bag. It also makes access to your stowed away items a lot more practical. And you won’t have little Knicks and knacks falling out when you least expect it.
Having a Travel Wallet is also a must-have to stay organized! They are one of my favourite travel necessities and I never fly without one. You’ll be able to keep all your tickets in one area, ID’s and Passport in another and you can even keep your bank cards in there if you’d like!
And I have fantastic news! You will receive your very own passport-holder when you book a tour with Traveljoy! We make sure all of our guests receives one prior to their travels. – How great?
#5 Take time to sleep on the plane.
important to rest before your flight, but life can sometimes be very demanding.
If you don’t have time to rest up before your trip, then use your flight as an
opportunity to get rested before your big adventure! I’m the type of person who
can sleep anywhere, anytime, but not everyone is like that. Need a little extra
help in that area? Well don’t worry you can always purchase some sleeping
supplements. Now don’t get them confused with sleeping tablets. These supplements have components like melatonin,
and magnesium. Both which your body produces naturally to aid sleep. Or you can
go the more flower-y route with ingredients such as Lavender or passion flower.
Keep in mind that they AID in
promoting sleep – They don’t knock you out.
But if you choose to take sleeping tablets then make sure you take the correct amount and the right time! They are powerful…
#6 Lastly – Make friends with the flight attendants.
Here’s a tip you may not have known – Flight attendants can get you whatever you want, whenever you want. OK-OK maybe not “whatever” you want, but if you want some snacks or another beverage then just ask. Maybe you need some socks, or even a toothbrush! If they’ve got it, then you can have it. They’ll be happy to get you what you want. Also, often they have snacks at the back that they don’t offer when they come around with the food cart. Just take a stroll to the back and ask!
Of course, it has taken me years to get my “travel system” down, so take my tips just as suggestions. Everyone is different – what I find important, you may not. Test it out and see what works for you!
Enjoy the journey! 🙂