I know, here we are again just finishing taking down the Halloween décor only to be quickly replaced with the upcoming Holiday Season!
As a frequent air traveler, I polled my flight attendant friends asking them to share some of their travel tips for stress free travel!
Plan ahead - we all are pretty good at planning our sojourns well in advance - generally because the prices will be better and listing to fly on a particular day - has been Tuesday’s - all will help planning our travel budget.
Foreign Travel - be sure to check www.state.gov website to get all details as to safety and immunization issues.
Ideally check no bags should you fly. Given the holidays, we suggest better to just postal mail or fed express your gifts to family members. It is so much easier for you, than lugging all those gifts with you, especially if you do not want to check any bags!
Bags - no check bags BUT be sure to have a small pouch or knapsack in easy reach as this will be the bag, placed under your seat in front of you - easy access to things you will need during your flight.
Try to have your pouch handy when you walk down the aisle when boarding - it will facilitate your taking your seat, and those behind you will appreciate your efficiency and quickness in settling in.
Checklist for Pouch
All medications that you may need during your flight. We cannot keep on ice your medications, but can bring you bags of ice which we can switch out to help you.
Small water bottle - which you will have to purchase after getting through security checkpoints.
Kleenex and antibacterial wipes
Throat lozenges & gum (it gets very dry in the cabin during flight)
Your data phone - keep in airplane mode - you can stream airline movies free and/or use your tablet. Never count on the airline to provide entertainment - often your seat’s unit may be broken/inoperable! (sorry!)
Earphones of your choice - to cancel vibration/noise and listen to your favorite music
Soft flexible slippers - to change into once on board
Reading material/puzzles/pencils etc
Pressure socks - great to alleviate ankle swelling
Wear loose clothing - nothing should be tight, particularly around the waist. Reason - during flight you do swell.
For women - always recommend bring a scarf/shawl that can be fitted around your throat. Air conditioning oftentimes comes from the ceiling and not always from the passenger control system above your head, where you have control over air flow. By having a scarf/shawl you can avoid the draft. You may also want to bring a jacket or small blanket to keep you warm - some airlines do not supply pillow and blankets anymore on domestic flights - most do provide on international.
Bring your own earphones - airlines may supply them and often they are repackaged and not always new.
Some guidelines in flight - especially on long hauls.
If possible select an aisle seat
Never count on what a travel company may have booked or selected for you. Double check 24 hours in advance of flight as often the aircraft configuration may change. If you cannot determine on line, be sure to call the airline customer service.
Also always check 24 hours in advance if you have order a special meal - never count on your travel company having coordinated this as often the airlines for some reason do not always receive. So be proactive and double check your special meal order.
Should you feel light headed which is common - please alert a flight attendant as we can help you - even if we administer some oxygen on board.
If you have any insulin needles with you and after you have administered, please alert a flight attendant as we have on board special containers for used needles to be thrown away - please never just throw down the trash receptacle in the lavatory.
Drink water and avoid soft drinks due to high salt content (contributes to more swelling); avoid alcohol beverages as this will dehydrate you. One drink is comparable to three when flying.
Get up and move around - walk up and down the aisle. Rotate your ankles while sitting - all will aid in your circulation and with deep breathing (from your diaphragm) you will feel much better upon arrival to your destination.
Have a wonderful holiday season and hope many of these suggestions will aid you in making your travel stress free!
November 19, 2016