I can’t believe I’m flying out in a few days to embark on one of the most exciting, and terrifying, trips of my life. It’s definitely going to be the farthest out of my comfort zone I’ve ever been. Forget public speaking and dance lessons, this is the real thing haha.
While I’m meeting up with friends once I’m there, I’ll be traveling solo. Fortunately, I enjoy traveling alone. I’ve also done it often enough that airports aren’t nearly as stressful as they used to be. I’m not too worried right now. I’ve already done all the research, planning, and packing. All that’s left is to go. I have a very specific routine when I’m flying and I thought I’d share that with you. Let me know if you have similar, or different habits!
1. Comfort is key.
Regardless of how long my flight is, but especially if it’s a long one, I dress for comfort. I usually wear a maxi skirt, dressy shirt, pullover sweater, scarf, and comfy boots (that slip on and off easily).
2. Pack light.
I limit my luggage to a personal item and small carry-on suitcase so I don’t need to check luggage. This takes time off my check-in and arrival times and it’s less stressful for me. Only downside is that I have to bring my luggage with me everywhere, but I’m willing to do that.
3. Bring snacks.
I always bring a ton of food when I travel. Beef jerky, sliced peppers, baby carrots, dried fruit, homemade protein bites, trail mix, are all favourites of mine. I also check food restrictions for the country I’m flying to, so nothing gets rejected. For someone who is gluten and dairy free, it’s usually easier to bring my own food, otherwise I go hungry.
4. Double check details.
I cross reference my boarding pass information with the large screens in the airport. If they match, awesome. If not, I figure out the easiest way to get to the correct location. I’ll also make sure my phone is set to local time, to remove confusion and avoid missed connections.
5. Get there early.
I always head to the terminal I need and will walk all the way to my gate. That way I know exactly where it is. After that, I’ll wander around, go for a walk, freshen up, grab a coffee, or sit down with a book.
6. Fuel up.
Once I know where my gate is, I’ll find a quiet spot (if possible) to sit down and eat something. I never feel like eating a lot when I fly. But traveling with no energy is brutal for an introvert. So I always remind myself to eat consistently. I’ll also fill up my water bottle so I can stay hydrated.
Flights can be quite draining and overwhelming but I try to enjoy them as much as I can. I’ll listen to my favourite music and audio books while on the plane. I’ll also grab a latte from the airport. These are a couple of ways that make the trip a little more special.
Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week! I’ll be checking in while I’m away, though my replies may be a bit delayed. I’ve scheduled some posts while I’m gone, hope you enjoy those. I will be taking lots of photos and I’m looking forward to sharing those with you once I’m back!
Where is your favourite place to travel?