'Long Travel' by Kevin Shorter on flickr

‘Long Travel’ by Kevin Shorter on flickr

Everyone needs a break with a holiday at some point, regardless of the different cultures around the globe. You can travel within your country or visit another part of the world, which requires flying. Air travel has a number of issues that can pop up, so it is important to plan appropriately to avoid any issues that can ruin your holiday vacation.

While road trips often allow for planning in advance, flying can show people at the airport looking like they haven’t had enough sleep or find that they don’t have the proper passport to get on the plane. There are even people who checked in successfully and still miss the flight. Therefore, here are some tips to make sure you have everything go smoothly.

Don’t fly tired

Several international flights will be very long that require you to sometimes be ready to be on the plane early in the morning or late at night. Now if you have to drive a long distance to get to the airport, you may have to be out of bed at an unfamiliar hour, which can lead to feeling like you are sleepwalking at the airport. One of the best ways is to possibly go to a hotel at the airport the night before so that it’s an easier trip to catch your flight. That way, you can sleep a lot easier.

Check in ahead of time

Make sure you have the proper passport secured and accessible part of your carry on luggage. You also might want to weigh your luggage ahead of time so you don’t find yourself having to unpack things at the check in because it is too heavy.

Security tips

In an effort to make things go a lot smoother at the security area, have items you would have in your pockets kept on your carryon luggage; things like belts, watches and coins will set off alarms and cause delays. You also need to make sure that you don’t bring any liquids in your bag and be ready to have your laptop in a tray on its own from the bag you will carry it in.

Food

The meals that are usually served in the air are either not so great or they are extremely expensive. That’s why it’s not a bad idea to buy a few snacks before boarding so you will have something with you on the flight. Anything leftover as you land might need to go into trash bins just before exiting the plane because there might be issues with the customs department.

Immigration, customs

This is why it is important to have the necessary papers with you. Make sure you are polite with the immigration officer that checks with passengers just outside the gate. Having food with you when paperwork you filled out said you wouldn’t can be punished with a costly fine and a mark against your name. Check with the customs before bringing any food into the country so that you don’t accidentally get labeled a smuggler.

Taxi

Public transportation will be vital after you leave the airport. One important tip to practice is making sure the meter is on when they drive away so there are not disputes about how much you owe at the end of the ride.