Traveling by air can be stressful and intimidating, but we’ve got the insider knowledge from frequent travelers to help your next trip go smoothly.
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Organize Your Visa
There’s no reason to arrive at customs feeling flustered and nervous about entering the country, and having your visa well organized in advanced is a great way to take some weight off your shoulders, and to ensure you can strut through the airport feeling confident.
Each country will have their own policies, but for those traveling to The States, the ESTA Visa Waiver program is a great example of how easy it can be to have your travel documents well sorted.
Visit: Esta.cbp.dhs.gov information to get your ESTA filled in today.
Some Tips For Your Luggage
Make sure you pack both your luggage and your personal bag before the day of departure. Not only does it feel very stressful to be rushing, doing things last minute is also a surefire way to forget important items.
Some tips for a well-organized suitcase? Fold the components of each outfit into each other, so you don’t end up digging through your bag for the pants that match your shirt. Include socks and underwear for each outfit! Make sure all toiletries are properly closed and in a waterproof toiletry case. This is important because sometimes the air pressure onboard can cause liquids to leak. It’s also a good idea to seal shoes into plastic grocery bags before packing them, to ensure that your clothes arrive at your destination nice and clean.
If you’re only traveling for a few days, consider taking just a carry-on suitcase. This will allow you to avoid waiting at the baggage claim upon arrival. But don’t forget that you’re only allowed to take very small amounts of liquids in your carry-on baggage!
Keep A Well Organized Personal Bag
You’re also going to want to pack a small bag that you’ll keep on you at all times during your travel. Put your passport, visa, flight information, and your wallet in a place that’s easily accessible for you, but not so accessible for potential pickpockets.
Your personal bag is also where you’ll want to put your things that you’ll be using during the flight. For a night flight, consider packing earplugs, an eye cover, an inflatable pillow and a toothbrush. Even if you plan to sleep, it’s always a good idea to bring some entertainment too. Books, tablets, and music with headphones are all great travel entertainment. You never know if you’re going to encounter a delay so it’s best to plan for more entertainment than you think you’ll need.
The day of your flight, eat a light breakfast. Now is not the best time for spicy or exotic foods. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring a sweater. The air on board can be very drying for your body, so it’s important that travelers drink a lot of water. Another great tip that will help you avoid feeling stiff and crampy during your flight is to get up each hour to walk up and down the aisle a few times. Rotate your neck; lift your shoulders, breathe deeply.
A plan is the best way to feel confident on your travels. With your visa in hand, your bags thoughtfully packed, and the comfort tips followed, you’re sure to have a great trip.
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