How to prepare for a long flight
As an experienced traveller I have learned how to make my flight as much comfortable as possible and avoid any stressful situations such as excess baggage weight, getting lost, missing important documents or inappropriate items in my carry on.
I always try to think what I can do better for my next trip and how can I enjoy every moment of my journey.
I am happy to share with you useful tips that I have collected from my journeys and that can be handy for you. 😉
If you belong to category of people who rather plan than leave everything on last minute, you will love this article!
When I started traveling I was always stressed if I have everything, if I am ready and I packed until late night.
I didn‘t have enough sleep and then stressed that I packed too much stuff.
Then I started to learn how to make this process of preparation – packing and planning actually exciting! Then you can have time for planning your first day or organising your plan what to visit first, what you feel like and connect with people on your way.
Action to do before a long international flight
Check your passport – it might sound obvious but check the expiration date of your passport and if you are not sure when you want to come back, be sure that it will last for adequate time.
Buy an insurance – you never know what can happen, so be ready, especially always check if you have an insurance for your luggage in case they will be delayed or even lost.
I have lost my luggage when I was travelling from Czech to Singapore with a stopover at Sri Lanka! I arrived in Singapore and my luggage was just nowhere! Oh no! I was really upset.
Luckily, I made an insurance for lost or delayed luggage before so I went to the office to fill all the papers and wait if they find it. However, I had to go to the hotel and wait, as they had no information that time.
Finally, my luggage was found, and they send it to my hotel a day later and I also get some money back for the delay. 🙂
Be sure you have a visa – check on the government website if you need a visa for the selected country and what type do you need. Everyone has different citizienship so check what is relevant for you.
Select a good seat – someone prefers a window seat to see outside, others prefer aisle seat to move whenever they want. The seat matters!
For me, the worst nightmare is to sit in the middle for a 10 hours flight as you are just stuck and cannot see either outside. It can be also awkward to bother the person who sits next to you when you need to go to the bathroom (especially when they are just sleeping).
Plan your budget – make an estimate plan of how much are you willing to spend or what can you afford, it will make you less stressed when you come back.
Book your hotel in advance – you might be an adventurer who think that is better to just go with the flow, however, if you like some kind of comfort and nice place, then book it in advance.It will save your money, time and you avoid of risk that the place you like is already full.
Especially, when you have a long flight, always book at least first night of your stay.
Write down a list what to pack and have everything ready in the evening before you go. Tick all the stuff you already packed and don’t confused it if you need take some stuff out and put it back.
Have a last-minute list of the stuff you still need to use and has to be pack it as the last and then check it if you have everything from the list.
Check the weight of your luggage to avoid a surcharge for excess kilos, check both – your main luggage and carry on.
Have some spare space in your luggage for additional items you might buy on your trip.
Prepare a quick meal before you go – airport can be overpriced and you might not find what you like, get inspired with my recipes.
Check in online – it will save you so much time, usually it is not necessary to print your flight ticket but in case make a screenshot of your flight ticket or save it in some app in case you have a problem with the internet.
Allow yourself to have enough time to get to the airport to not miss the plane (for an international flight is recommended around 3 hours in order to have a smooth check in.
Download offline maps – always handy to have an offline map in case you don’t have internet access
Find out the way to your hotel from the airport before you arrive there (consider if to take a taxi, Uber or book a shuttle bus or search if you can easily go by public transport).
Have a cash ready – exchange some cash of currency the other country what are you visiting. You might need cash in the airplane if you chose some low cost airline or for the airport transfer, public transport or tips. Always have some cash.
Tip – buy a textile case for your luggage to not scratch it and also to not waste your time by wrapping at the airport
Essential items to have always with you:
ticket + itinerary
Handy items in your carry on
For backpack or carry on luggage:
a book and a pen
powerbank to charge your phone
For your handbag:
any pills what you need to take
ipod + headphones (music)
small parfume to keep fresh
other cosmetic needs (make up, powder, mascara..)