Air Travel Planning and Packing

Planning

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.

Packing

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.