Ten Travel Commandments of Air Travel
A flight Attendant Provides Practical Advice
for comfort at
all experienced security hassles, spilled wine, headaches, and boring
plane rides. While, unexpected quirks seem to happen at the most inopportune
moments, traveling by air is definitely one of those times. As you're
starting out on your journey even the slightest discomfort can spoil
your much-needed vacation. By simply following the Ten Travel Commandments
you will have no flying nightmares to report upon your return-at least
were in you control. Let's start.
1. Thou shall arrive early to the airport.
Blair resides in Arizona with her husband Jeff
and two stepsons. With ink and jet fuel in her blood she works as a freelance writer and flight attendant. Currently, she is working on her first book,
stories of her humorous journeys in the airline industry.
Check-in, check your bags, go through security, and find your gate. It
all takes time; by arriving early you will avoid being hurried. What's
the point in starting out your vacation with a heart attack? The next
thing you know you're being buried.
2. Thou shall not get trapped at the security checkpoint.
As we all know, going through security can be quite a bother these days.
You cross your fingers as you glide through the metal detector then --
Beep! With a roll of the eyes you are being ushered to a little square
where you will stand, legs apart as they wand your body while people walk
snickering, or you think they are.
As you are searched, questioned, and
humiliated you keep telling yourself it is all for a good cause. Still,
you wish you had avoided the entire incident. In order to avoid the metal
detector going off, ensure you are not wearing any heavy jewelry that
has a high metal content, if you are take it off.
Also remove your belt, shoes, hairclips, watch, pen, pager, and cell phone,
oh and leave the Swiss Army knife at home.
3. Thou shall carry proper medications.
After the security hassle you most likely will have a headache. In addition
to the standard aspirin, bring ibuprofen, and airsickness medicine. Keep
in mind, airsickness meds are used for prevention and need to be taken
about an hour before flight.
An antihistamine is another "must have."
You may not
know you are at the beginning stages of a cold until you are in the air
and it is too late, the awful pain of a clogged ear has arrived. Also,
in most situations you do not know whom you will be sitting next to. Therefore,
allergy medications and asthma inhalers are also appropriate if you happen
to be allergic to perfume or cats. Whatever the situation may be, take
the appropriate medicine if you anticipate or feel any discomfort.
4. Thou shall prevent toiletries explosions
The airplane cabin is made to expand and contract. Therefore, everything
in your luggage does the same. When packing your toiletries, take note
of what products you have that are plastic. These items normally consist
of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. Most often a screw on lid is present,
which has a lift or press. This is where the liquid oozes from, or better
yet, explodes from in flight. (This can give you a headache, too.) To
prevent this disaster, and the ruining of your clothes, squeeze most of
the air out before closing the lid. For a backup, place all bottles that
are spill prone
inside a plastic bag, and then place it inside your toiletries case.
5. Thou shall drink water
Flying dehydrates you, so keep a large bottle of the wonderful beverage,
H20, with you. It will make you feel better as you face the dry air of
an airplane. Lathering on lotion isn't a bad idea either since your skin
is also prone to the dry, cabin climate.
6. Thou shall have stain-removing wipes handy
Turbulence may strike anytime. This is especially bad new when coffee
or red wine is in hand. Club soda also works in a pinch to remove stains.
7. Thou shall stay comfortable
Another situation to be avoided during flight is discomfort due to the
cabin temperature. Usually, plane cabins are cool, especially so during
the summer months when you are wearing lightweight clothes. Thus, dress
in layers and never rely on the airline to have a pillow or blanket; sometimes
there are not enough for everyone. By the way, by bringing your own travel
size blanket and inflatable pillow you are also choosing a sanitary approach
to your travel comfort.
8. Thou shall bring entertainment
The clouds will only hold your attention for so long and if it's dark
you won't even get to see the clouds. Bring a book, magazine, or DVD player.
Your flight will fly by.
9. Thou shall only use the restroom when the seatbelt sign is off
There is nothing more dangerous than trying to use the bathroom in turbulence.
Trust me, if you're going to follow any of the commandments, this is the
one! Oh, and even it's only water you splash on your khaki shorts people
will be whispering differently -- so be on the safe side.
10. Thou shall relax and enjoy oneself
After all, isn't that what vacation is all about?
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