This is one I would love to hear from others on. What do you wear on your feet when you fly? This is especially important for those who take LONG international flights. Do you take your shoes off? Do you go bear-footed? Do you wear socks? Do you wear the free airplane socks?
I like to take off my shoes because it is more comfortable, easier to sleep, and your feet swell. I do leave on my own socks, however. My kids (and I’ve seen ohter passengers do this) take off their socks and put on the airplace socks. Why? I would understand if these were some sort of special socks designed to help your feel with the altitude, etc. But they are not. They are just cheap, thin socks. I can understand if you don’t have your own socks on and you don’t want your feet to get cold….
I also like to wear my biggest, heaviest shoes that I am taking on a trip so that I don’t have to pack them btw, these are generally quite comfortable and loose, so easy to put on after flying for the long walk and wait through customs.
Drink Lots of Water
This one used to be a lot easier when you could bring your own water bottle on the plane. I still see about a thousand bottles at the security checkpoints, so good job everyone for thinking about drinking lots of H20 on the flight. Bad job in forgetting that you can’t bring this big ‘ole liquid through security.
Just remember that they have water on the plane. Lots of it. Free. When they come around and offer drinks, I always ask for something + water. When they come around later and ask if I want anything else to drink, I always ask for water. When they come around in the middle of the night with a tray of water, I take one. You literally can not drink too much water on the plane. The air on these things sucks you dry – rehydrate! The bathroom is never far away
Everyone likes a fresh smelling neighbor on the airplane. Do them – and you – a favor and shower as late as possible before flying. If you are flying later in the day, either wait to shower until about an hour before you have to go to the airport OR take a second shower to freshen up. Not only will you feel better during your flight, but if you are traveling internationally, it may be a while before you can bathe again.
Men, I think the same is true about shaving. When we fly from South Africa to California, we are in transit for about 24 hours. If I don’t shave last thing before we head out, I pretty much have a beard by the time we land. Depending on where you are going and for what, this might not be the look you are going for when you are picked up at the airport.
A long time ago, I used to roll all my clothes when I packed them. Does anyone else do that? I think I had read that you can fit more in that way. Generally, I just find that it only makes all my clothes wrinkled. I don’t do that anymore…
Pack early. If you are in a rush to pack, you will forget something. And, it is likely that in packing you will realize that some shirt you want to take is in the laundry or you don’t have enough underwear. You don’t want to find this out when it is already too late. Why not pack early and get one thing off your to do list and lower your stress level?
Take less than you need. Yeah, people always say this – because it is true! I like to lay everything I am packing on the bed, then cut about 30%. Everyone over-packs. Two specific questions to ask yourself: will you be able to do laundry while you are gone, can you wear thing more than once? If you answer yes to either or both, TAKE LESS than you think you need.
Finally, when flying international, I like to take anything valuable (generally electronics) in my carry-on. I don’t take much else on the plane but a journal, maybe a book, and light toiletries. I prefer to watch movies and sleep. I used to bring work and several books. But I never got to them, so why add the weight to my carry-on?
Would love to hear your packing tips – both for checked and carry-on luggage.
I started jotting down some thoughts on air travel when I went to Andrew & Mariah’s wedding over a month ago. Now seems as good a time as ever to start these posts, which I think will make a fine littler series. Would love your thoughts and comments along the way…
Air Travel Tip #1 – Be Quiet
Maybe you are really excited to be traveling to/from another country. Maybe you are nervous. Maybe you are just American. Whatever the case, you don’t have to be so loud. Everyone else in line or on the plane doesn’t need to hear your life story or travel plans. If they do, they can ask you. So, no need to broadcast to everyone where you flew from, that this is your first time to Africa, or what you ate for lunch. Further, there are probably some people who are a little anxious about flying, have just left loved ones, or are on their way to business responsibilities. Do you need to make them more nervous by making such a racket? Flying should be a pleasant experience. So, keep your voice down, sit back, and relax.
Oh yeah, when you have your headphones on because you are watching a movie, don’t talk to someone… you are yelling. Take the headphones off first so you realize what a normal speaking volume sounds like.