1 Jun 2013

Travel Tips (Flight)

So if you've been following me for a while or so you'll know I've been planning this trip for donkeys years and finally the time is nearly here, no more counting down the months I am now into the weeks, WEEKS! 2 to be exact and a couple of days but we wont count them :)

With so little time left I need to start packing and preparing things to bring, clothes need to be washed, passport needs to come out, tickets need to be printed, toiletries need to be bought and bottled into airport safe bottles, the list is endless.

Today though I though I would give you some travel tips! as thats a topic which is dear to my heart, some people hate travelling and packing but for me its my favorite part of jetting of, all the preparation and packing ohh I do love it.

Anyway here are my top tips...

1) Always bring a sweater/jumper:
Even if you are heading to a tropical climate airplanes get cold and believe me you will suffer, some airlines do provide small blankets, but stay on the safe side and bring a sweatshirt with you.

2) Dont forget some slippers/fuzzy socks:
When I fly i usually wear sandals/flip-flops and my feet get cold, slippers are a great way to stay comfortable and warm at the same time. Most people take there shoes of on the flight and who wants to sit there with bare feet, put some socks on.

3) Bring a travel pillow to prevent a bad neck:
Unless your in first class and have a awesomely comfortable chair that reclines and massages you, then in sorry to say that you will be cramped in like sardines and be given no head support, bring along a travel pillow or one of those squishy pillow necks. Try and avoid the blow up neck pillows they are useless.

4) Soundproof headphones:
Trust me you wont regret it, screaming crying children the entire flight will not make you a happy person when you land. The airline headphones are rubbish so bring your own weather you have iphone earbuds or super expensive sound proof ones, it doesn't matter anything is better than inflight headphones.

5) Lip balm:
With the high altitude your lips will get extremely dry and sore so its essential to carry some lip balm along with you.

6) Hand sanitizer:
On board toilets are 60% disgusting and who knows how many germs are on the sinks and door handles, bring your own hand sanitizer to wash your hands so you avoid touching anything you dont need to.

7) Bring along some good reading material:
Weather your a book worm or a fashion lover, bring a selection of books and magazines to entertain yourself on your journey

8) Music:
Ipods/MP3 players are great for flights, the night before you fly load it with some new albums to keep you entertained, try not to sing to loud though, you dont want to annoy your neighbour.

9) Movies:
If your on a long haul flight there will no doubt be movies on the airplane screens but sometimes they dont have what you want to watch so load your ipad/laptop with some movies that you havent seen before,  this will also help the flight time fly by.

10) Snacks:
Theres just something about sitting on an airplane that gets you hungry all the time so buy some snacks before you go as airplane snacks are really expensive, just remember to check with your airline as some dont allow meat.

11) Water:
You will need to buy this once your get past airport security. Water is very important to stay hydrated especially on airplanes.

12) Eye-mask & earplugs:
Want to sleep but it light? want to sleep but its to noisy? Problem solved if you shove these in your bag before you jet off.

13) Dont forget your passport:
Numer one priority, without your passort you are going nowhere!

14) Stretch your legs:
Sitting down for long periods of time is never a good thing, so every 30 minutes or so do some feet and leg exercises and get up and walk up and down the carriage for a couple of minutes it will really help the circulation in your legs.

Thats everything I can think of so far, if you have any more tips for traveling please leave it in a comment below so everyone else can benefit from it to.

Thanks for reading,
Rachel Ward

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