Julia and Libby’s top travel tips
If you’re travelling for the first time or just need a refresher list, here are some of our top tips to ensure sure your trip is a more enjoyable experience.
Staying well hydrated before a flight is essential! Dehydration can cause your body to become run down, making it easier to pick up bugs while flying. The air inside the cabin on a plane has a humidity between 10-20%, which is a lot lower than a typical indoor humidity of around 30-65%. The lack of humidity dries out our mucous membranes causing dehydration, dry skin and dry eyes. Increase your fluid intake a day prior to a long haul flight – around 2-3 litres a day is a good aim. Coconut water is also great to sip on as its full of electrolytes. Remember to sip on water throughout your flight and avoid caffeine, fizzy drinks and limit alcohol as they will dehydrate you, which is the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve. Auckland Airport has a drink available called 1Above which is a drink formulated to fight jet lag and dehydration and I find it helps. Pack moisturiser and lip balm to use mid-flight and also eye drops if you’re prone to dry eyes.
Purchasing travel Insurance is a no brainer. Some people view travel insurance as an unnecessary expense, however it can save you a fortune if something does go wrong. There are scary stories out there from people who haven’t purchased travel insurance including medical emergencies, lost luggage, pick pocketing and cancelled flights. All of these issues can result in having to fork out hundreds to thousands of dollars from your own pocket to replace personal items or covering hospital bills. When purchasing travel insurance, shop around, always read the fine print and keep your details on you when travelling.
Packing your own snacks makes flying more enjoyable as there are not many meal choices when flying so you may end up with something that you don’t like. Some airlines don’t provide food on flights so it’s always good to bring a few snacks to get you through. Pack snacks like mixed nuts, salads and protein bars. If you’re going on a long haul flight, try to eat a big nutritious meal beforehand so you’re not left feeling hungry during the flight. Be aware that you cannot take any liquids through customs.
Flying can be an uncomfortable experience if you’re not dressed in appropriate clothing. Wearing loose fitting clothing as planes are cramped spaces and trying to curl up in tight jeans and a tight fitting top is not ideal! It’s best to wear flat shoes that have some room in them in case your feet swell during the flight. Compression stockings or socks will help prevent swelling of the legs and feet and help guard against Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Lastly, planes can often get cold so bring an extra layer with you to avoid feeling the chill.
Airports and flying can often be a very stressful environment so being organised before your flight is important and is going to take the edge off any flying anxiety. Make sure your carry-on bag is organised and keep your boarding pass and passport together in a separate compartment so it is easy to find. If you have time to burn, head for the departure lounge, listen to music or read a magazine, which will help relieve stress.
Keep an open mind
One of the many benefits of travel is opening your mind to experiencing other cultures. Be mindful of other customs and religions. Before travelling somewhere foreign I always read up on some of the language basics such as “hello”, “please” and “thank you”. These can go such a long way and little things such as language will be highly respectful by locals if you do attempt to speak them.
Look for reviews
When travelling you don’t want to book your accommodation and turn up disappointed. It is a good idea to read reviews of the accommodation you book as website photos can be deceiving! I highly recommend using Expedia as you can read guest reviews, view previous guests’ images of the accommodation and book with zero booking fees.
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