As I sit in the new section of JKIA sipping on a caramel latte at Java, I reflect on the next couple of hours and how much I used to dread hopping on a plane. Don’t get me wrong, travelling is one of my main passions and I am so grateful for the life I lead but if there was an underground train that could take me back and forth between continents I would be the first to sign up.
From endless checks to the strenuous long transit waiting times, to the non-existent leg room in economy (yes all of you that pass business and sigh, know what I am talking about). Praying that you don’t sit next to that kid that is either way to hyper and jumps up and down their seat knocking you in all directions or cries the entire time. To top it all off, if your stuck with turbulence for the next 11 hours (from Dubai to Adelaide, South Australia) is just the icing on the cake. I could go on and on about this but you get my point.
I didn’t realise that I started creating a regular flying routine that helps me get through long trips until I found myself giving other friends advice. So here I am ready to go through my crazy must do’s and dont’s and hopefully it can help you on your next long flight.
- Carry enough snacks (if you hate plane food or airport food in general). I like to stick to crisps and fried pea snacks but it’s up to you, just remember it has to pass through customs so don’t go crazy and pack a full gourmet meal.
- Be FRIENDLY TO EVERYONE, especially airport staff (you could get a free upgrade if your lucky or get your assigned seat moved to a section with free seats — who needs business if you have 3 seats to sleep on) . However don’t be overly friendly to the person next to you (you could be stuck sitting next to someone what who stop talking).
- ALWAYS PRE-BOOK YOUR SEAT! Yes this is a major rule! It’s quite simple, you basically get a choice on where you think you would feel most comfortable instead of crossing your fingers and hoping you get a good seat when you sweet talk the air hostess that’s checking you in.
- Carry enough entertainment to help you through long transits (if you get a comfortable place to sit).
- Dress code should be smart/casual or basically something that makes you comfortable but still looks good, so no PJ’s or track pants (they always look for someone who looks clean and smart when they give out a free upgrade). Dressing well doesn’t mean wearing 6 inch heels or wearing ever piece of jewellery you own. Please remember you have to take all of that metal off at EVERY security check.
- Always carry pens in your bag (I have been stuck trying to fill forms out in a que asking everyone around me to borrow a pen– yes not my best moment).
- MUST CARRY : Panadol, gum, hand sanitizer, face wipes and electrolyte tablets! (TRUST ME); Panadol the last thing you want is a headache for the next 10 hours (enough said). Gum – we all like to think we are nice and fresh through anything but no you will need this to help with breath issues as well as preventing blocked ears. Hand sanitizer in this day and age of getting sick while traveling, touching surfaces that others have sneezed on won’t help you, so better safe than sorry. Face Wipes- you will feel disgusting after all those hours sitting in planes and airport floors so face wipes help you refresh. electrolyte tablets (e.g. Hydralyte) jet lag is mainly caused by dehydration and electrolyte tables like Hydralyte is a scientifically formulated oral rehydration solution for the effective treatment of dehydration.
Please comment below and let me know if you have any other tips I can try, or that you would like to suggest to others that I may have missed.