At the Airport
It might be tempting to go shopping-crazy at the airport but remember that you have to carry/store whatever you buy. If you see something you actually want or need then go for it, but don’t buy things for the sake of it. If you think you may need a few snacks once you get to your destination, put them in your suitcase.
This is the time to put things in your pockets that you’ll need during or just after take-off. When you get to your seat, you’re limited on time and space to try and sort through your hand luggage, so have your essentials to hand.
I used to be a bundle of nerves for the whole duration of the flight, terrified of even the slightest hint of turbulence or any changes in engine noise. Then I read a few articles on flying and turbulence and have been completely as ease ever since! Here are the ones that helped me the most:
“A plane cannot be flipped upside-down, thrown into a tailspin, or otherwise flung from the sky by even the mightiest gust or air pocket. Conditions might be annoying and uncomfortable, but the plane is not going to crash. Turbulence is an aggravating nuisance for everybody, including the crew, but it’s also, for lack of a better term, normal. From a pilot’s perspective it is ordinarily seen as a convenience issue, not a safety issue. When a flight changes altitude in search of smoother conditions, this is by and large in the interest of comfort. The pilots aren’t worried about the wings falling off; they’re trying to keep their customers relaxed and everybody’s coffee where it belongs. Planes themselves are engineered to take a remarkable amount of punishment, and they have to meet stress limits for both positive and negative G-loads. The level of turbulence required to dislodge an engine or bend a wing spar is something even the most frequent flyer—or pilot for that matter—won’t experience in a lifetime of traveling.” Read the rest of this article from askthepilot.com
“Air travel is the second-safest mode of mass transportation in the world. This is second only to the escalator and elevator. The most dangerous part of your flight is the drive to the airport… All airplanes are designed and built to withstand far more stress than occurs in normal flight, including ordinary and extraordinary turbulence.” Read the rest of this article from NBC News
On the Other Side
Once you get to your destination airport, it’s almost guaranteed that your luggage will take a while to reach the carousel. Take this time to go to the bathroom and freshen up as you may have at least a couple of hours left of your journey.
At your Hotel/Apartment
Travelling is tiring and can make even the most laid-back people feel a bit irritable. Once you arrive at your accommodation it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with what to do next; unpacking, exploring, getting some refreshments or even food shopping if you’re self-catering.
I’ve found that unpacking straight away goes a long way to making the place feel a bit more homely- and if you use packing cubes it’s nice and easy (even if you just put the relevant cube in the relevant room it will help later on!) My advice is to then go out, have a beer (this is optional of course!) and something to eat, and then pick up a few supplies if needed. You’ll be in a much better frame of mind afterwards to finish unpacking and start settling in!
If you’re staying in a hotel, it’s always worth renting the safe in your room. While it’s often over-priced, it will give you peace of mind that your passport, money and UK car/house keys are safe.
- Take a watch, even if you don’t normally wear one, so that you don’t have to get your phone out in places where there may be potential thieves, or risk damaging it at the beach/poolside.
- If you’re on a package holiday and there’s a welcome meeting, go to it! You’ll pick up some great tips on what goes on at the hotel, and the local area. If there are maps and bus/train timetables available, take them!
- Take clothes that can mixed-and-matched to create several different outfits
- When packing, roll your clothes to save on space and reduce creases!
- Put your phone in flight-mode to save battery life (it will also charge more quickly in flight-mode)
- Wear suitable footwear when travelling in case you have to walk unexpectedly
- Take some clothes freshener, like Febreze, decanted into a small spray-bottle to freshen up your clothes