You’re looking to nurture the wanderlust deep within your soul – you want to travel the globe and immerse yourself into different cultures, try new foods, speak with people unlike yourself and see such breathtaking views. Hey, we don’t blame you, it is truly an empowering experience. That’s why it can be so off putting when you arrive at the airport and luck just isn’t on your side. You’re crammed together with loads of people, stuck in long lines, the airport security officials are rude, and on top of that, your flight’s delayed. So we took it upon ourselves to compile a list of all the tips and tricks you need to navigate the airports like a pro – you’ll be shocked at just how much time and money you’ll save by following these tips.
Bring your own snacks:
Airport food is so expensive and on top of that, sometimes the on-flight food is not very appealing. We definitely advise that you take some healthy and fresh snacks, even some homemade food. Stick to nuts, fruits (apples, oranges, and bananas), vegetables (carrots, celery, and cucumbers), chocolate bars, pretzels, even, peanut butter jelly sandwiches. You’ll feel better eating healthy snacks plus you’ll save money by bringing your own food on-board! And yes, that means leaving behind the chocolate gift baskets.
Bring your own drinks:
It goes without saying, if you’re going to bring your own snacks – bring your own drinks! Yes, you’ll have to buy your drinks at the duty-free after you’ve survived the long security lines but at least this way, you don’t have to rely on tiny cups filled with a beverage when you fly. It’s wiser instead, to buy large bottled water or vitamin water. There’s nothing like clean water to keep you feeling fresh.
Stretch your body before and during your flight:
Being stuck in the same positive in those dreadful airplane seats is not only exhausting, it also really harms your body. Your muscles tighten up from all the sitting and when you finally do stand up, they tighten more – this makes it uncomfortable to walk. Additionally, when sitting, your legs are bent for hours and hours, making it difficult for your blood to circulate properly and nourish your muscles – this also causes pain and unnecessary strain on your body. If you really want to keep your body from hating you the minute you land and rush out to your new adventure, it is important to do various stretches! The night before and the morning of your flight, be sure to properly stretch your legs and back.
While on board, if you can get up and move around every hour, you’ll save yourself unwanted pains. If you can’t get up and move because the captain has the ‘fasten seat-belt’ sign on then gently lift up one leg at a time, like you’re marching in place. Do this a series of ten times per leg. Obviously, you can’t go running on-board so this is the next best thing.
Unpack as soon as you get to your seat:
Your close neighbors will seriously hate you if you’re digging around under the seat or in the overhead compartment mid-flight – not only is it annoying and a bother, no, yeah, that’s really all it is. You’re just being a nuisance. So respect those around you and get everything out the minute you get to your seat. Whatever you think you’ll want during the flight, books, snacks, headphones, sweater, laptop – anything. Don’t wait until you’re in the air 20 minutes or two hours to start unpacking, do it immediately.
Wear some comfy but loose clothes:
Sitting on a plane for many hours causes you to feel gross, sticky, like you’re covered in nasty dirt as if you haven’t showered for three days. It’s seriously uncomfortable, who wants to land in a new country feeling gross? No one! Stick to cotton, cotton sweatshirts or zip up sweaters. Definitely loose pants, nothing tight like leggings. The looser the clothes, the better.