10 Tips for First Time Flyers
I recently realized that I take the knowledge of “how to travel” for granted, but I can promise you this hasn’t always been the case. I CRIED like an unhappy baby the first time I had to fly alone; coincidentally, it was the first time I flew period! Fortunately, I was traveling for a youth leadership training conference, and the organizers had planned my travel details.
If you’ve never flown and have little travel experience, while you can do it online yourself, I highly recommend a knowledgeable travel agent. You can do an internet search or ask friends for advice. An agent will also be able to provide you with valuable information regarding the do’s and don’t’s of your chosen method of travel as well as destination advice. Once you’ve booked your flight and hotel accommodations, you’re ready to start your adventure.
10 Tips For Your First Time Flying
1. Take a deep breath
You can do this. Don’t overthink it, and enjoy the experience.
2. Secure your necessary travel documents
Gather your passport, if needed, or other TSA-compliant identification (such as your drivers license, if acceptable). Print your boarding passes and hotel or tour confirmations.
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3. Plan for your luggage
Review the airline information, what you can and can’t carry on, and what the weight limits are for both checked and carry-on luggage. For example, if you want put them in your carry-on luggage, containers of liquids must hold fewer than 3.2 oz., and all containers must fit in a quart-sized plastic bag. Also, learn ahead of time what it will cost you to check your luggage at the airport. You can find this information on the airline website, or your travel agent can assist you with this.
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4. Arrive at the airport early
Your airline will have a specific check-in time they want you to arrive by, which is usually two hours before your flight. Our local airport is small so it’s usually quick to get through check-in and security, but we still allow ourselves this time. It will make you less stressed if you are not running through the airport to catch a plane.
5. Be Patient
Airports are busy places, and oftentimes you will see a variety of emotions from people in the airport and on the plane itself. You’ll experience the excited traveler, the tired traveler, the sad traveler and the traveler who thinks the world revolves around them. It really isn’t much different than going to your local wholesale shopping club; just be patient, smile and enjoy your experience.
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6. Check in at the Airline Desk
Your airlines check-in desk should be your first stop to make sure you have all of your documentation in order. You can also check your bags and get any last minute updates about your flights.
7. Go Through Security
This is one of those places where patience is very important. Follow the directions from the agents working the security area and then take your time to make sure you don’t leave anything at the security checkpoint.
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8. Proceed to your Gate
Your ticket may include your gate number, but you should always check the Departure monitors at the airport in case of gate changes for the most up-to-date information. You can also ask for assistance from an airport employee. Follow the signs to your assigned gate and relax in a chair until a gate agent calls for boarding of the group number seat row printed on your ticket.
9. Board the Airplane
When the gate agent has called for your group or row, check to make sure you have all of your belongings and proceed to board the plane. Check for the row number above the seats and the seat number above as well or on the armrest. Remember, airplanes aren’t as comfy or roomy as your living room. Do your best to stow away your belongings in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.
10. During the Flight
Most times, the flight attendants will come by and offer complementary soft drinks, water, coffee, tea and a small snack. Larger food items and alcoholic drinks may also be for sale. Cash is generally not accepted, so plan to have a credit or debit card.
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At this point, you should be Up, Up and Away! Enjoy Your Flight!
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Marti resides in rural northeastern Oklahoma where she works with corporate, association, and government clients as a meeting planner. She enjoys traveling, whenever possible, with her husband,…