12 Tips for a Better Flight

Traveling often means going out of your comfort zone and for some this can mean conquering fears or challenges. We’ll make it easier for you by sharing some tried and tested tips that you can use the next time you fly. Confirm foreign travel requirements Philippine passport holders can only enter 60 countries visa-free so […]

  • November 13, 2019

Traveling often means going out of your comfort zone and for some this can mean conquering fears or challenges. We’ll make it easier for you by sharing some tried and tested tips that you can use the next time you fly.

Confirm foreign travel requirements
Philippine passport holders can only enter 60 countries visa-free so it’s best to check and research before you plan for a trip. If a visa is needed, you’ll need to allot enough time for you to prepare your application and for the embassy to process it.

Buy your plane ticket with the correct and exact details
Some airline websites will not only ask for your complete name but will also ask for your passport number and the date it expires. Make sure you type in the correct and exact details to avoid pre-boarding stress.

Be unique
Set your luggage apart by buying one in a distinct color or print and attaching a travel tag to it. A ribbon or a bow is at risk of getting accidentally torn off during the security or transportation process.

Check in online
Checking in online allows you to get a copy of your boarding pass, saving you some time at the airport. Print it or save a copy on your phone so you’re all set before you even get to a physical check in counter.

Double check your hand-carry
Most airlines have different hand-carry rules, so visit their website to check what you can and cannot bring on-board. They also have a guideline which will tell you what size limit they have in terms of cabin baggage.

Always bring a pen
Before landing in your destination, you’ll be expected to fill out an arrival card or even a custom form. Make sure you pack a pen in your purse to avoid the hassle of borrowing.

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Pack a scarf or a sarong
A scarf or a sarong is a lightweight but multifunctional item which you can use to cover up in case the plane gets very cold. You can also use it as a makeshift pillow!

Wear good shoes
Skip the flip-flops and wear shoes with more protection like a pair of sneakers or even ballet flats. In an unlikely emergency, these shoes will protect your feet from falling objects or heat.

Prepare some entertainment
Being stuck up in the air for a couple (or more) hours can get boring so bring your own entertainment. This can be in the form of movies, books or even games downloaded into your preferred device.

Pick the kids-free queue
Are you in a hurry to get past the security check or the check in counter? Pick a queue with no kids or families, it will move much quicker.

Keep your essentials close to you
Don’t leave these items in your hand-carry: money, passport, mobile or other essentials like a book and snack. Instead of standing and blocking the aisle while digging through your hand-carry, make sure you keep them in your personal purse for easy access.

Smile!
Flying can be stressful for some travelers but this doesn’t mean you have to sulk and mope or be angry the whole time. Keep some good vibes with you and smile! A little bit of positivity never hurt anybody.

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