Air Travel Planning and Packing


Plan your trip in advance as much as possible and take into account any possible issues that you might encounter along the way. Purchase your ticket as early as you can if you are more serious about spending. Make sure that your ticket(s) are registered with your proper given name as it appears on government issued identification such as driving licenses, PAN cards, social security etc. Certain airlines offer an option that allows the customer to books seats right away without the need for checking-in and taking a seat that is based on the first-come-first-serve concept. If you have specific needs, such as disability etc. It would be a wise decision to book a seat as soon as you can, whether through the aforementioned option or by online/self check-in before you board the plane. If flying international, do read up on the regulations regarding visa, traveler’s regulations for entrance, tourism etc.


Ensure that your packing is done within the limits of baggage allowance stipulated by the airline. Carrying sharp objects is highly controversial and may be asked to be discarded from your carry-on luggage. When packing, if for a short journey or a short duration journey, remember to pack light on various things such as toiletries, which can be purchased from any supermarket for the purposes of travel. If using medications, look up regulations for what medication can be carried, such as diabetics who require insulin shots, and other kinds of medications. Ensure that you have some mild wet wipes which are essential to hygiene on a plane as not everything can be sanitized when the staffs cleans up the aircraft before the next flight. If you really want to carry a pillow, do look for small ones or an inflatable pillow. Usually air crafts do have stock of pillows for passengers who require additional support for various reasons.

At the Airport

For a domestic flight, try to reach the airport at least an hour in advance so that check-in would be relatively speedy. For international flights, you need to be at the airport at least 3 hours in advance, to check-in and have baggage screened. It may seem a long and tedious process, but it is standard protocol in most airports in most parts of the world. Ensure that your luggage has been tagged properly and weighs the right amount that does not exceed baggage allowance. Ensure that you are not accidentally carrying sharp objects, as when you are screened before the departure gate, there might be problems encountered with security staff.

Arrival Gate

To ensure that baggage collection is easy, the first thing to do is to get yourself a cart, if you luggage is big and heavy. If not, wait for your luggage to come around on the tray. Have your luggage marked or your suitcase in a specific color that you can remember easily. There is no harm in waiting for your baggage, as the tray will go on for a long time long after you have disembarked from your flight.

7 Ways To Be An Effective Adventure Traveller

There’s nothing quite like finding yourself in strange and unusual parts of the world where you haven’t a clue what the people around you are saying. Most people would call that adventure travel. If that sounds like you, then here’s a list of ‘tools’ you might find handy for any future journeys:

1. Learn a bit of the local lingo: No need to learn the whole language in one go. But if you can pick up the basics it makes the adventure a bit more fun. Plus you’re exercising your brain, and you’ll make the locals smile as you answer in their language.

2. Visit places unseen in the guide book: A lot of it will be mapped, written about, sign-posted and commented on anyway. But there’s always those places no guidebook gets to. You might want to check them out sometime; go catch a bus to wherever it’s going at the time and get off the beaten track now and then.

3. Keep attuned to what’s going on around you: Not only does this give you an ear to the ground on local events, festivities and once-off happenings that could end up being amazing experiences, but it also keeps you alert and ready for action, just in case. Who knows what’s around the corner.

4. Keep a list of travel destinations: An effective adventure traveller has goals and a destination firmly in mind. Throw a little flexibility into that mix too. For example, by talking with other travellers you can find out when festivities are happening in nearby countries or locations.

5. Carry the appropriate gear for your situation: No point carrying snow gear if you’re headed for tropical climates. (Unless you’re in transit on your way snowboarding!) Travelling light forces you into thinking – how much gear do you really need anyway?

6. Make the most of opportunities that arise: Opportunities to meet and talk with interesting people always pop up – often you discover this fact right when they’re departing to another country. It’s too late by then of course. Initiating conversations wisely and considerately should be in every adventure traveller’s bag.

7. Enjoy your experience as it unfolds: Give people your full attention when they’re talking to you. Soak in the moments, document your journey with photographs and video, and leave things better than you found them before (whenever possible!)

Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg to becoming an effective adventurer. There’s many more tools for your adventure bag that you’ll discover on your way as you cross continents and explore unknown lands. Make the most of each one of those adventures