Traveling is burdensome to most of us. It is very exciting to be on a holiday but the process of traveling itself is exhausting.
Here I will be giving tips on how to make your travels as smooth as possible; like a boss .
1. CONSIDER WEIGHT
No, I’m not talking about your body mass index here, I’m pertaining to the baggage allowance. 😀
Make sure you weigh your bags properly before proceeding to the airport. For OFWs like me, you can send a balikbayan box ahead of time so that there is no need for you to bring all the pasalubongs home; make sure you take note of the date when it will arrive. Typically a sea cargo will arrive at least 45 days and 50 days approximately.
2. CHECK IN ONLINE
Free yourself from the hustle of queueing and save some time. This way, you can also reserve yourself for your preferred seat.
3. PREPARE THE ESSENTIALS
Aside from my carry on luggage, I typically bring with me a body bag with only the valuable items I need. My passport, bills, cards and my mobile phone. This is for easy accessibility and so as to save my time from fishing items inside my bag.
4. BE EARLY
It is advised to arrive in the airport 2 hours sooner than expected before your flight for the necessary airport protocols. If you are a resident in Dubai, it is now easier to access the gates after check in. Just go directly to the E-Gates with your resident ID and voila! Only finger scanning is done and there’s no need for you to pass by the immigration counter. Saves your precious time, dearie.
5. ONLY CARRY WHAT YOU CAN
Duty free is so tempting, I know. And I am not talking about your own wants because I know what you see inside this tempting store is not for you, but for your families that are waiting for you. So resist the urge, you can buy at a minimum, but not to the extent that you will be carrying loads of bags with you.
6. GEAR UP
Not all aircrafts provide travel kits like some of the airlines I know. This is what I learned as a Girl Scout; always be ready (laging handa). That is why I keep with me in my bag a pair of earplugs (to regulate air pressure during take off and landing and to block my sense of hearing to induce me to sleep), an eye mask, and a pair of socks. Don’t ask me about the socks, I just want to keep my feet warm.
7. HAVE SOME SNOOZE
Long haul flights could be dragging. It could also induce unnecessary symptoms like nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness. Anxiety, on the other hand may kick in due to too much excitement. So chill, relax and recline that comfortable seat of yours.
8. EAT LIGHT AND HEALTHY
In connection with motion sickness, never fly with a full stomach. Take small, frequent non fatty meals in flight. Also, do not consume alcohol prior to your flight, the airline staff may not allow you travel in the first place.
9. MAKE YOURSELF BUSY
There are countless reasons for you not to be bored while traveling. You can watch a movie, listen to music, read a book, talk to the person sitting next to you, or better yet, make use of the WiFi. Yes, some airlines have wi-fi on board! During my last flight home, I was able to use the internet and was able to check in for my next domestic flight. Sounds pretty cool and smooth!
10. BREATHE IN AND SMELL THE BREEZE OF HOME
Nothing can be more rewarding than the sight of loved ones waiting for you at the airport. Traveling can be exhausting I know, but the tiring experience will always be forgotten once you’re home.
Mabuhay ka Pilipinas!
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