For most people, the least enjoyable part of travelling is boarding, especially on a long-haul flight. Here are some tips to help make your flying experience a better one.
1. Pack Less
Travelling with just a hand luggage should be your goal. You will travel cheaper (no check-in luggage fees), faster (no waiting for your bags) and get around easier (one bag means less to lug around). Even if your flight comes automatically with check-in luggage benefit, not using it reduces the risk of getting it lost or left behind.
2. Never wear sandals/flip flops
In the unlikely event of an emergency, it is best to have a good set of sturdy shoes that will protect your feet from heat or sharp objects. Even if there is no emergency, the plane can get very cold.
3. Jiggle it a bit
If you are terrified of turbulence during flights, try slightly jiggling your body when you hit some rough air. No one will notice because everyone is being moved around due to the movement on the plane. Sounds a little crazy but your body movement will counteract that of the plane and you will not feel the turbulence so much. It really does work!
4. Choose your seat-mate carefully (especially during long-haul flight)
If you have the option to choose your plane seat, always sit far away from babies, group of friends who will chat or women (men tend to need the toilet less often than ladies).
5. Hoodie sounds like a good idea
Hooded tops make excellent travel garments especially when you need a good rest during your journey. Just slip your hood to retreat from the world of noise and light when you want to sleep on a flight or at the airport. It helps to avoid unnecessary conversation with strangers too!
6. Bring an extra top on board
When flying (especially long-haul) always travel with an extra top because most blankets provided by the airline are thin and the aircraft can get very cold.
Text by Melani Semuel | Photos Courtesy of Singapore Airlines