Hello Friends, Happy Wednesday!
Since this month's theme is Wanderlust and summer travel season is only weeks away. As an experienced traveler (I just traveled a total of 22 hours! From Washington DC to Kinshasa, DRC)! I wanted to share the 5 most valuable travel tips I've learned from traveling long distance flights.
ARRIVE EARLY AT THE AIRPORT
I recommend arriving at least three hours before your international flight. Usually airlines require you require check in at least two hours before departure. However having the extra hour allows the passenger to have more time to go through the each process from check in to the security checkpoints, window shopping, getting last minute essentials, to eat, relax and mentally prepare mind and body for the long flight!
WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
When boarding 8 hour or more flight wearing comfortable clothing is key. However you don't need to be too comfortable and wear PJs. Think about your destination, style of dress they have there. Asking questions like, What time of day will you arrive to your destination? What style of dress to they wear? Casual or Comfortable? These questions, will help you determine what to wear. If you are arriving at night, you can go really comfortable and wear sweatpants and a t-shirt or leggings. If you are arriving during the day, I recommend wearing jeggings, long maxi dresses, a pair of jeans packed in your carryon luggage etc. Most importantly make sure they are loose fitting, breathable fabrics that allow for movement and comfortable as you sit through the flight. Bring scarfs, sweaters, denim jackets to keep you stylish and warm at the same time. Basic neutral colors are easy to wear, easy to accessorize and highly recommended. Wear easy shoes, loafers or slip on sneakers for easy removable through the security check points and through the duration of the flight. Also having an extra outfit, or top, skirt or jeans can transform an outfit from comfortable to stylish.
MOVE AROUND A LOT & STAY ACTIVE
Sitting in your seat for an extended amount of time can be very bad for the blood flow through your legs and feet! Stay active by practicing leg and foot exercises while in your seat and walking throughout the airplane cabin every 2-3 hours. It is recommended to reduce swelling, leg cramps throughout the flight. Wearing compression socks will prevent or reduce swelling and keep the blood flow active through the legs! These will all keep you healthy for the entire flight!
BRING YOUR OWN ENTERTAINMENT
One of my favorite things about international travel is the personal in-flight movies ranging from latest movies, tv shows and popular African or international shows. Though this is a nice option, you don't want to spend 8 hours or more watching movies. Bring a journal, your favorite book, create your perfect playlist to listen to on the iPad. Divide your time productively and wisely. These activities will make the long trip manageable and get you through each minute and every hour!
DRINK A LOT OF WATERStay Hydrated. Drinking water is the most important thing to do on really long flights. It keeps the body functioning healthy as you travel in an airplane and helps the body adjust to the new environment.
Read Meg Biram's: 14 things to bring in your carry-on on a long flight
Sidenote: see my airport outfit of the day & read Monday's post about June theme: Wanderlust
Thank you for Reading. Until Next time.
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