9 Things You Want To Avoid Doing Before You Board Your Flight

By Niharika Nayak

Flying is the quickest, most convenient, and safest mode of transportation available at our disposal. Although the pandemic has made it more complicated for those who want to travel, people who want to fly should keep a few things in mind before they attempt to do so. One of the most annoying and time-consuming tasks of boarding an airplane is having to check-in and go through security. Not only is this a lengthy process, but it’s also exasperating and drains you mentally. So you want to ensure that you’re well prepared for the ordeal while traveling and take all the necessary measures to have an easygoing flight. And keeping the pandemic scenario in mind, a few extra face masks, hand sanitizer, and a neck pillow for example are the need of the hour. Here are a few ways in which you can ensure that you can travel comfortably:

1. Dressing In Bodycon Fits

Dressing In Bodycon Fits


Why would you decide to wear a tight mini skirt to board a flight? We get that airport looks are a thing, and you want to look fantastic getting off a flight. Well, you can nail it without wearing figure-hugging fits that will make you fight for breath and result in suffocation in the congested flight. Go for a cool athleisure look, complete with your sweatpants and trendy kicks or a street-style oversized tee with ripped boyfriend jeans. You can add on a few accessories to complete the bad gal vibe. It’s also ill-advised to wear something that involves too many layers. One layer is enough, whether it’s a trenchcoat, leather jacket or cropped hoodie. After all, you’ll be expected to take off your jacket during check-in.

2. Forgetting To Moisturize

Forgetting To Moisturize


Flight can wreak havoc on skin that is extremely dry or sensitive. If you’re someone who tends to suffer from dry skin easily, it’s a good idea for you to moisturize the exposed parts of your skin. Make sure you moisturize your face and palms as they are most likely to get dry faster due to exposure to the elements. You can also wear gloves to keep your hands warm and avoid touching others.

3. Wearing High Heels

Wearing High Heels


Why would you choose to rock high heels on an airplane? Like how does it make sense logically? Yes, high heels look super gorgeous and yes, you will be seated for the duration of the flight but that doesn’t make it any less unnecessary. Stilettos are absolutely not advised on airlines as they can easily poke a hole through a life raft and get stuck in places during an emergency landing. You can go for platform heels or wedges if you cannot live without heels.

4. Chugging Fizzy Drinks

Chugging Fizzy Drinks


Chugging fizzy drinks before or during your flight might cause an unnecessary build-up of gas in the intestine. This can often lead to you feeling nauseous and bloated. This is also why drinks that don’t contain a lot of foam are foamier when they are poured out of a can.

5. Not Keeping A Hard Copy Of Your Documents

Not Keeping A Hard Copy Of Your Documents


Look, phones can malfunction. We live in an era where nothing digital can truly be trusted. For all you know, this article itself might make you play the fool (cue breaking the fourth wall). We’re just kidding (or are we?). It’s important to keep a hard copy of your ticket as well as any identification information. This is just in case something goes wrong. In fact, it is recommended to put copies of this information in all your carry-on luggage as well. Just in case it goes missing and someone needs to identify it.

6. Getting Late To Check In

Getting Late To Check In


This is a rookie mistake every seasoned traveler knows not to make, however, even the most frequent of travelers will find themselves missing at least one flight in their lifetime. Keep alarms if you need to but make sure you get to the check-in well in advance and get all your details sorted.

7. Not Carrying Headphones/Earplugs

Not Carrying HeadphonesEarplugs


Would you like to be stuck on a flight with a screaming toddler who refuses to be quiet? No? Well, then you should probably look for some noise-canceling headphones or earplugs to stop you from having to experience yelling babies. Plus, if you’ve got a chatty seatmate, you can use your earphones as an excuse to ignore their tales.

8. Trying Something New Or Something Spicy

Trying Something New Or Something Spicy


You absolutely do not want to be stuck on an airplane with terrible diarrhea. We can imagine it is a fate worse than death. So don’t take your chances and stick to your regular diet or eating something bland before the flight. Sure, you probably just waded off a beach in Costa Rica and probably want to try something new right before you hop onto your flight, but it’s a bad idea. Save the local food tasting to at least a day or two before you take your flight. If the flight isn’t too long then you can go ahead and do what you please but if your flight time exceeds an hour, we would advise you to not gorge on something spicy or new.

9. Not Adding Any Markers To Your Luggage

Not Adding Any Markers To Your Luggage


This is another thing that is commonly forgotten by sometimes even seasoned travelers. Simply add a few satin strings or some unique stickers to your bag if you want to keep it simple. No matter how vibrant or unique your bag is, there is always a chance that you might confuse it for someone else’s. There have been instances where luggage is exchanged because it is possible that people carry the same color or type of luggage.

You might have heard of people struggling with last-minute delays or losing something at the airport. It is best to avoid such circumstances by making a to-do list that has all your belongings set and important documents that you need to carry, especially after the new Covid rules. It might seem like a cakewalk, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Before you make any traveling plans you should ensure that you have everything you need and that you don’t go overboard on food before the flight. You should also make sure that your luggage fits the requirements and doesn’t end up being too heavy. Do let us know all of your thoughts on this article in the comment section below.

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Niharika has a passion for all things art, music, and travel. During her spare time, she likes experimenting in the... more