How To Prepare for Air Travel

With your flight drawing near, it's important to make sure that you are prepared for your trip. Follow this basic guide on how to prepare for air travel so that you can enjoy your getaway.

Step 1

Make sure you have all of the necessary documents. You can ‘fly' through the check-in process by making sure you have all of the right paperwork with you. The best way to keep your travel info organized is to store it in a folder that fits into your carry-on bag. Print off any flight confirmation pages from your travel agent or booking website. And also make sure that you have your passport and that it's up-to-date. Some countries won't let you travel if your passport is within 6 months of expiring, so check the travel restrictions for your destination if this may be a concern for you. You may also want to carry a list of important phone numbers with you as you travel, for emergencies. You never know when you'll need to call your doctor, lawyer, banker or mother while you're away from home. It may sound like a bit much, but you can never be too prepared when it comes to air travel!

Step 2

Consider insurance. If you're travelling far from home, it may give you some peace of mind to have health insurance while you're gone. In the event of a medical emergency, your expenses will be covered. You can usually secure this type of travel insurance for a nominal fee. If you do purchase it, keep a copy with your other travel documents, and leave a copy with a loved one in the event that your luggage is lost or you are unable to retrieve the necessary information while you're away.

Step 3

Pack your carry-on. No matter how long or short your air travel is, you will likely get bored during the flight. So make sure you pack something to do in your carry-on bag. Crosswords, novels, laptops and mp3 players are all basic air travel necessities. Also, include a set of spare clothes in your carry-on bag in the event that your luggage is lost. You'll be grateful for that pair of fresh clothes. Ensure that all liquids are less than 1 oz or 30mL each and transport each in a resealable plastic bag. (This is law, and anything over the liquid limit will be confiscated!) Don't forget to keep your medications and prescriptions with you at all times too. Some people prefer to carry valuables in their carry-ons as well, although there is always a risk for theft no matter where your valuables are so it may not be the best idea. Ensure that your carry-on meets necessary size restrictions, and that it is comfortable for you to carry. (One with rolling wheels is best.)

Step 4

Pack your suitcase. The last part of preparing for air travel is packing your suitcase. Check out the weather conditions for your travel destination and pack accordingly. Make sure you have enough undergarments for each day, and then throw in an extra pair or two just in case. Pack enough shirts, shorts, pants, bathing suits, pajamas and formal attire to get your through your stay. Remember that you can wear most pants and sweatshirts for more than one day, so try not to over-pack these bulky items. Include your camera, accessories like belts and earrings, your toiletries and everything else that you think you'll need while you're away. Then be sure to weigh your suitcase to ensure that it meets the necessary weight restriction for the airline you're travelling with. Close up your suitcase and mark with an identifiable tag, colored belt or ribbon so that you can quickly recognize your luggage on the luggage belt.

With your travel documents, carry-on and suitcase properly prepared, your air travel will be an enjoyable and (hopefully) problem-free experience.


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