Flying is something that many people do not like to do. For some people, like me, it is an actual fear of flying. Whereas for others it is because of the stress that is involved in it. There are a number of things you need to consider when taking a flight, from the second that you book it right through to when you actually take your seat. This can be very stressful for a number of people. However, there are ways you can alleviate that stress. Here are a few ways we ensure stress is kept to a minimum in order to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
Consider Direct Flights
When we fly long haul we, when possible, try to book direct flights. Having to transfer planes can be a hassle and often frustrating. It adds time on to your journey, disrupts sleep and not forgetting it heightens the risk of luggage being lost during a transfer. It often costs a bit more for direct flights, however sometimes it is worth it in order to save yourself from the stress of flying indirectly.
Check Baggage Restrictions
If you plan to travel with only hand luggage, it is important to check the baggage policy the airline you are flying with has in place. Each airline has its own policy, which includes the size of bag(s) you can take on board and information about whether you have to pay for the pleasure. If you do not check and your bag is bigger/heavier than the airline permits, then you may have to check the bag at the airport, which is not only stressful but can be costly too.
Know About Hand Luggage Restrictions
Be sure to familiarise yourself with the restrictions in place regarding what you can and cannot take on board a plane. Every piece of hand luggage will be subject to a stringent security check which will pick up things that contravene the regulations. Make sure that everything you pack in your hand luggage is within guidelines. If it is not it will be confiscated. Having your bag searched in front of fellow passengers can be extremely embarrassing and it also holds up the process, which is frustrating for people eager to clear security and catch their flight.
Check Your Flight Status
We cannot recommend enough checking the status of your flight before you leave for the airport. Airlines are supposed to notify their passengers if flights are delayed or cancelled (Ryainair, I’m looking at you), but often such emails are not picked up prior to arriving at the airport. Therefore it’s important that you take it upon yourself to check for yourself. This could save you an unnecessary trip to the airport or time spent hanging around waiting for your flight.
Get To The Airport Early
One of the main things people worry about is missing their flight. It is therefore advised that you get to the airport at least two hours before a domestic flight and about three hours before an international flight. Checking in online and flying with only hand luggage will, of course, save you time at the airport. However other things can happen that could cause problems like a delay getting through security. Without the pressure of potentially missing your flight, your airport experience should feel a lot less stressful and give you more time to hit the shops or bar.
Keep Your Documentation To Hand
It’s important to always have your passport and boarding pass to hand, whether that be a paper version or downloaded on your phone, as you will need either or both on a number of occasions as you move through the airport. Obviously, you need to keep them somewhere safe as losing either one of them will more than likely result in you not being allowed to fly. I find travelling with a cabin bag or rucksack with an easily accessible front pouch the best option for ease of access which means that I do not have to rifle through my bag to find the relevant document(s).
Book An Airport Lounge
One thing we love to do is to book an airport lounge before we take a flight, especially a long haul flight. It is a great way to relax and unwind after all the stress of getting to the airport and getting through security. Most have a great selection of food and drinks, which is great, especially if the flight you are taking does not offer meals on board. Also, they are a lot quieter and less busy than the departures terminal, meaning you can kick back for an hour or so and if you are like me, enjoy a pre-flight vodka or two.
We hope our suggestions help you, especially if you do usually find preparing to fly stressful.