15 travel tips to ease your airplane trips!
Many associate the word travel with stress but there are plenty of ways you can make your journey less stressful. Here, FlyValan has gathered 15 ways to improve your airport experience:
- Check in to your flight before! When you check in to your flight ahead of time, you are automatically saving your valuable time at the airport. Especially if your flight is short (like the Genoa-Trieste route) you don’t want to spend more time in the airport than you do on the plane! Plus, you have the chance of choosing your seat, and if you are part of a frequent flyer program, oftentimes checking in beforehand can give you extra bonus points!
- Choose the middle! If you suffer from motion sickness, a great way to avoid feeling nauseous is to seat yourself in the middle of the plane. The middle section is generally balanced out, which means that you don’t move as much throughout the flight.
- Pack light! You think you’re definitely going to where that shirt when you go to the Galata Museo del Mare on Saturday, even though you’ve already packed 5 of them – so you pack it anyways. When you’re already gathering your things to fly back home you realize that you didn’t even wear half of the shirts you took. We’ve all been there. So keep this in mind next time you’re deciding what to bring along with you – what do you really need?
- Be in check for your check! Your security checkpoints can become a lot easier if you simply pack your liquids (that are in a Ziploc bag) and laptop or tablet in the outside pockets of your carry-on. Spare yourself the unwelcoming stares from passengers behind you when it takes you longer than usual to put all of your items onto the security band.
- Keep the essentials close! Unfortunately, checked bags can sometimes get lost or held up in a different airport. Which is why you’ll save yourself the stress of having to buy new stuff if you pack your essentials in your carry-on. Bring necessities like your phone charger, a change of clothes, your toothbrush, and whatever else you absolutely need to start your day.
- Save your skin! Apparently flying isn’t the healthiest activity for your skin. A study has shown that pilots who spend an hour flying 9000 m high receive the same amount of radiation as if they’d spent 20 minutes in a tanning bed. So make sure to stay hydrated, use sunblock, and try to pack a travel-size mini of your favorite skin moisturizer.
- Bathroom break! Immediately before take-off no passengers can be in the lavatory, and if someone indeed is not in their seat – that means that take-off is being delayed. So be sure to take a bathroom break inside the airport, rather than doing it once you get on the plane.
- Learn the lingo! If this is your first trip to Italy – it might help to learn a handful of words before your trip. It will definitely maximize your experience and the locals will be happy to see that you tried! (this is relevant for any foreign country you’re visiting, by the way)
- Flight info! Even though FlyValan provides you with flight-status updates online – you shouldn’t rely solely on them for relevant information. Airport monitors display the most up-to-date and correct information regarding your flight’s status. Check your gate number on the monitor, and then check it once more – just to be sure.
- Know your size! Different airlines have different carry-on requirements, which is why it is wise to check the regulations before you begin packing. Measure your bag and make sure that it satisfies the airline’s requirements. In FlyValan’s case you can have a carry-on with maximum measurements of 55 x 40 x 20 cm plus a smaller bag 35 x 20 x 20 cm.
- Leave your carry-on! Nobody enjoys the stressful process of looking for a place to put their carry-on when the plane is full of passengers. So take the opportunity of handing over your carry-on to the professionals at the gate! Your bag will be safely stowed away and you won’t have to worry about stuffing your belongings into a crowded overhead compartment.
- Pack a snack! Save yourself some time and money by packing a few healthy bites to eat. Carrot and celery sticks are a great way to keep your mouth busy and your tummy satisfied on a long flight.
- Ditch the crowd! If you don’t want to wait in long lines at the security checkpoints try booking your flight on days the airport isn’t usually crowded. General rule of thumb: airports tend to be more full on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons (business travel times). Fridays get even busier during the Summer, when everyone’s preparing for vacation.
- Layer-up! When traveling, dress comfortably. But more importantly, dress in layers. It’s hopeless to try and guess exactly how hot or cold it will be on the plane. Be smart and dress in clothes that you can easily take on and off. You’ll be glad you did.
- Brace the space! The best full-proof method of saving space in your suitcase is using the clothes-roll technique. Rolling up your clothes rather than folding them not only allows you to feel more organized, but it prevents wrinkles so your clothes can look fresh!
Follow these tips to make your next flight one you can truly enjoy. And remember – even though FlyValan’s Genoa-Trieste route may be short in time and distance, our staff knows how to make it a truly pleasant experience! Happy travels!