Interiors of a flight.
International flights can be quite tricky irrespective of the fact whether you travel for the first time or have been on several trips. When you spend hours on a flight at a stretch, there are so many things you wish someone had warned you about. That is when easy travel hacks come in handy.
In a Quora thread titled, What are some travel hacks for international flights no one talks about? a user Suraj, from Boston, explained seven easy hacks that can make international flights hassle-free.
In his reply to the thread, Suraj explained that he listed the points from his personal experience. His hacks are easy and can save you from a lot of trouble.
Suraj, in fact, also elaborated on each point so as to explain how it will benefit travellers.
He started with the importance of dressing smart on a long-distance flight. He covered several important factors, such as what you should do when you are travel to a country wherein the weather is chilly. He also added how something as simple as carrying a pen will make your journey easier.
Not just long flights, he provided travel hacks for short-distance international flights too.
Here’s what Suraj wrote on Quora:
"Dress comfortably: It’s not worth the effort to be uncomfortable, especially for long flights. Dress smart!
Carry a pen: It’s remarkable how many people will ask around for a pen at the airport. Save yourself this trouble and carry a pen in your travel wallet.
If travelling to a cold country, pack your coat in the check in baggage: You’re going to put your coat on before leaving the destination terminal anyway. Might as well keep your hands free during the journey, right?
If you have a short connection, try getting a seat in the front of the plane: Every minute counts when your transit time is less than an hour. The ones in front get out first. So request a seat assignment accordingly.
If you’re nice to people, they’ll be nice to you: No matter your mood or that of the staff working, always ask questions politely. If you do so they’ll be way more willing to assist you with any task, like a seat reassignment. In the case of cabin crew, being courteous often helps if you want to switch seats, store your baggage in a decent spot if the overhead bin near your seat is full or any additional service that could make your journey less strenuous.
Plan your restroom breaks accordingly: If seated in economy class in the window or middle seats, try to finish your restroom business when one of the others in that row decides to go themselves. This is polite and the person sitting in the aisle seat will be very grateful.
Keep supporting documents ready in your hand: About 30 mins prior to landing, have your most essential documents - passport, customs form, any supporting documents - ready in your hand in a location in your hand-luggage from where it can be easily and quickly accessed. Better this than fiddling with the documents when you’re in the line."
Well, these travel hacks are certainly useful and will definitely benefit you during your next trip.
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