15 lessons I’ve learnt about plane travel

As an intrepid and passionate traveller I’ve noted 15 simple tips to make your next plane trip a little easier.

Having had some pretty extensive experience in the good old land of travel – personally, I’m a serious plane travel fan – I’ve gleaned, observed and put into practice some fairly easy & simply good tips. 

Whether hopping on and off planes, trains or whatever other mode of travel, it is amazing how a few little additions can make your travels a little easier and more comfortable.

Here goes….

  • Always take a wrap or big, squishy shawl – it’s like your own blanket (& it can also double as a pillow/barrier as you just about lean against your neighbour on a plane).As well, it doubles as a super large scarf that is perfect to use as an every day wardrobe piece especially in unpredictable climates. I found a great one at a Tree of Life shop for 50 bucks in Byron Bay, while the likes of Zara, Uniqlo, Myer and DJs have them too. If you want to go serious cashmere, you could go into luxury designer brand land, but as you will be throwing it around quite a lot I wouldn’t spend too much money on it.
  • Small-size moisturisers are perfect as your super-duper size face and skin creams and shampoos can get very heavy. And you just won’t need that much, even if you are away for a few weeks.
  • Socks. Yes, if you are not already wearing them (& most female travellers are probably not) remember to take some with you as they will keep your tootsies warm throughout a flight. (If you are fortunate enough to receive an airline amenities kit, you will find some in there. Ditto ear-plugs, toothbrush and eye-shade. Take them all!)
  • Learn to enjoy you own company and remember to put your phone down (for a while at least) and take in your surroundings. Oh, and make sure you sort out your global roaming situation and buy one of those travel passes with your existing carrier. Use free Wi-Fi whenever and wherever you can! You won’t regret it.

  • Pre-plan your visas, power adaptors and any health jabs that may be needed & have a vague itinerary in your head, especially if you are going on a holiday that you are totally planning yourself and time isn’t an issue. (aah. We should all be so lucky!)

  • If you like the place you are in – and time is no option – stay there a bit longer! Don’t go back to the place you thought was ‘just okay’ the first time – there are so many more exciting cities and towns that you could spend your time seeing.

  • If you are on a ‘real’ holiday – as opposed to a business trip – put your out of office assistant on your office computer. To be honest, I tend to never do this, so end up receiving a zillion emails and go on and answer them like I am still in the office. Yes, I think I am mad.

  • If you are flying the most popular mode of plane transport – economy – take one of those blowup neck pillows. Ok, they may look dorky. If. You. Wear. It. Around. Your. Neck. Already. Blown.  Up. But they do save you lots of potential neck ache.

  • Dry shampoo – this CAN be your best friend, especially if you don’t have the time to wash your locks every few days. And forget taking a hairdryer – you can cope without one for a short time and just think how grateful your hair will be.

  • Pack ‘bigger’ beauty essentials you think you need in your checked luggage as there is no way you will be allowed to get them through customs if they are too big. Ditto all those little pointy objects – scissors, tail combs, tweezers. How many times have you seen that big plastic box full of rejected items (and cans without lids) as you make your way through the security check?

  • Fill in your immigration card as soon as a flight attendant gives it to you on board. Nothing worse than waking up, searching for a pen and trying to quickly fill it in before you face a long customs queue

  • Water. Water & more water. Flying can sometimes make you feel like you have aged 5 years after a 24 hour flight, so keep as hydrated as possible.

Use a (credible) ATM at your location once you land. I always seemed to get slightly ripped off when I changed money in my home town at one of those airport changers, so if possible, wait until you land at your destination.

Always roll your clothes as opposed to folding them – I can’t believe the difference this makes at the other end. You won’t have any obvious creases in T-shirts jeans or anything else you’ve packed in your?suitcase. Win! And who wants to waste time actually ironing on a trip away? Not me!

As much as you maybe tempted to, avoid posting pictures of your boarding pass on your social media platforms. The personal info that can be gleaned from these is extraordinary. So if you do, make sure your #humblebrag post covers up any frequent flyer numbers or all important bar codes.

In the meantime, happy flying!

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