Tips for first time flying on your own
Flying can be daunting even when your with family and friends but there comes a time when you have to check in and fly solo. Here are some of my tips to help make your trip a breeze.
1. Pack and organize everything in advance
I always fly with a carry on suitcase and a handbag and things start to get crazy the fuller your hands get. The night before, I lay out my outfit for the day and pack my case. In my handbag I always make sure I have my passport, headphones, a snack and my tablets/book all handy so when I'm on the plane I can reach them easily. As for liquids and electronics, put your liquids in a clear bag in the top of either you handbag or case so its easy to get at security. I always carry my laptop in its case so I can get it out for security then once I'm through I can pack it into my case.
2. Dress appropriately
Leave the high heels behind and pack your belt, jewelry and other accessories in your bag. Its time consuming trying to take off your shoes and jewelry and belts while there's a que behind you. You may wear heavy boots if its too bulky to pack.
3. Give yourself plenty of time
You should allow yourself at least 2 hours from when you arrive at the airport. There can be really big ques at the check ins or security that can take an hour to get through. That's the most stressful bit. Once your through you can get a coffee and chill at your gate. Much better than leaving it too tight and running like a mad thing through the airport!
4. Don't panic!
Its an emotional time, your either leaving your family and friends or your going to see them. Your also thinking about what you have to do when you get to the airport and what you've got to do on the other side. When you start to feel stressed or panicked just stand to the side or sit down and take a few deep breaths. What I like to do is count each breath, inhale=1 exhale=2, all the way until 10 and then I start again until the feeling subsides.
5. Keep an eye on your gate
When you get through security just check on a screen to see what gate your flight boards from. If it isn't available yet it should tell you when so until then just enjoy duty free! When your gate is posted, simply make your way to the gate and wait. Normally you will board pretty quick!
6. When you touch down
Always let the passengers at the front of the plane get off first, there's no rush you're not going to get trapped in the plane! When you're out simply follow the signs (and other people) until you get to the exit, there's no rush! Don't forget to collect any bags you may have with you either in the cabin or in the hold.
Look at you, you're traveling! Enjoy the experience and don't feel afraid, the people in the airport are there to help you and they have to deal with children, people who don't speak the native (or any) language, people with disabilities and of course the difficult ones. So as long as you remember your P's and Q's you'll be fine! Promise.
I hope this little guide can help you with your future trips. These can apply to bus rides or just general travel. Feel free to share some of your travel tips with me down below. Bon voyage!