Before we indulge in travel trivia tips, first things first…make sure your passport and visa are up to date. Nothing is of any importance if one of these documents don’t let you fly!We recommend keeping copies of these in your handbag and check in bag too. Though currency can be exchanged on the airport we highly recommend to arrange for local currency well in advance though.
Many countries don’t process visa applications without certain vaccinations but even if there are no regulations get vaccinated and fill prescriptions for a healthy travel experience. Buying travel insurance is also a good idea.
Inform your bank and credit card provider of your international travel for smooth transactions and don’t forget to activate your international roaming in case of emergencies.
Baggage allowance varies from airline to airline. Make sure you’re aware of your limits before you reach the airport. Know your airline’s baggage-fee policy. All liquids brought onto planes must be in 3.4-ounce bottles or smaller and inside a single, clear, quart-size zip-top bag. Foods such as peanut butter, pudding, mashed potatoes, and icing are classified as gels. Mascara, lip gloss, and aerosol items are also classified as liquids or gels. But keep in mind that liquid prescription medication is exempt. Put power-banks, chargers etc in the check in bags while laptops in your handbag.
Avoid wearing ankle length or high boots as they have to be removed for security checks. For that matter keep your clothing less cumbersome with limited accessories. Avoid belts if possible.
Choosing a light weight suitcase with locking system is a great idea since their is a limit on baggage allowance. Check weather reports for the dates of travel before you begin packing and plan packing accordingly
The golden rule is to make a packing list so as to not have last minute misses. To accommodate maximum roll, don’t fold clothes. Better still use cubes to compartmentalize and organize your stuff. Pack in clusters and wear in layers. Leverage your handbag allowance, do not waste it with a tiny purse! Weigh the bags once packed to avoid a disgruntled start to a journey. Remember you will be shopping from your destination and you will need space in the bag to carry home all the gifts and souvenirs! Calculate the weight of baggage on your way out as per your shopping budget on your way back!
Download reading material and music do not rely on airport wifi! Most airlines use USB ports so don’t forget to carry your USB cable. Noise cancelling headsets are also a good idea as airports can get noisy so can your fellow passengers!
On average airlines lose 3000 bags per hour or 3 bags per flight. Many a times these are just lost because a passenger mistakenly picked a similar looking bag. We suggest that you label your bag or decorate it to make it unique. If not lost it is easier to spot amongst all others!