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How to Prepare for a Long Plane Ride

Six Parts:Preparing for ComfortPreparing for EntertainmentStaying Healthy on the PlaneMaking the Most Convenient Flight ArrangementsPreparing Before Your FlightAirplane Ideas

Long haul flights require more preparation than short flights, especially if you're leaving for a while or going overseas. Preparation is the key to enjoying both a comfortable flying experience and to ensure that you arrive at your destination with everything needed, as well as knowing you've left your life back home in good hands. Along with a good sense of humor and some stamina, not only will good preparation help you to ease into a rhythm from the moment you leave your house to getting through airport lines and enduring the long flight, but the more ways you have prepared to occupy yourself, the better!

Part 1
Preparing for Comfort

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    Bring a blanket and pillow. Bringing your own soft blanket and pillow or neck pillow can really make your flight much more comfortable. Though some airlines offer tiny flat pillows and itchy blankets, you may be better off bringing your own. You can find sets of pillows and blankets that are surprisingly compact and which aren't a huge pain to carry. In a pinch, you can even buy them near the terminal, so you don't have to bring them through security, though this will be more costly.
    • If you have your blanket and pillow, you won't have to worry about staying warm or getting a stiff neck.
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    Bring sanitary wipes. These can help you keep your hands clean and clean up your tray table. You don't want to have a dirty or sticky tray table after your first meal, or it will cause a pain for the duration of the flight. Having sanitary wipes on hand will also keep you from having to get up and wash your hands every time you eat something.
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    Bring an eye mask. Though some airlines provide these, especially for long flights, there are no guarantees. Having an eye mask will help you doze off and to rest your eyes. Though the lights in a plane will dim on an overnight flight, you may still want some extra protection for your eyes.
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    Bring ear plugs or noise-cancelling headphones. These can also help you drown out the sounds on the plane when you try to rest. You may get stuck near a crying child or two people who talk incessantly, and you want to protect yourself against that just in case. Again, some planes may offer ear plugs, but it's best not to count on it. Noise-cancelling headphones, while a lot bigger than ear plugs, can really make the world around you feel silent, and bring you peace and tranquility.
    • Listening to music on any suitable personal device if you brought headphones for music, can also help you drown out the noise around you.
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    Wear and bring comfortable clothes. Think comfort over international jet-setting model. Seriously, don't wear stiff, tight or itchy clothing – you'll soon regret it if you do. Wear loose clothing that is easily cleaned. Avoid synthetic materials that overheat and expensive labels which can draw unwanted attention. Avoid unnecessary clothing like jewelry, belts and boots that will slow you down through security checkpoints and are potential pickpocket attractants in some destinations. Remember that the fewer valuables you bring; the less you have to worry about. Here are some tips for clothes to bring to make your long flight more bearable:
    • Bring clothes that will keep you warm in case the plane gets cold. Some flights can get pretty chilly, so make sure you bring a fleece, a scarf, or maybe even a knit hat to keep you warm in case that happens.
    • Wear layers. Make sure you have a tank top or t-shirt under the long-sleeved shirt or sweater you're wearing. Planes can also get really hot around take off and landing, and you don't want to be stuck in a heavy shirt with nothing underneath.
    • Bring warm socks. Socks can help keep your feet warm if you're wearing sandals, and they can also be a great substitute for shoes so your feet are comfortable on your flight.
    • Instead of stiff pants or jeans, wear leggings, sweatpants, or loose pants to keep your legs comfortable.
    • If you're getting off the plane and heading straight out to explore the city where you're staying, then bring a change of clothes with you in your carry-on luggage.
    • Silk long underwear is lightweight, takes up no room, and is great if you are going to a colder climate and don't want to buy an entire wardrobe for it. Ditto for a black cashmere sweater.
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    Bring a little toothbrush and toothpaste. If you're the kind of person who needs to brush his teeth after every meal or if you just want to avoid that gross "haven't-brushed-my-teeth-in-a-while" feeling in your mouth, then you may be well served by bringing a small toothbrush and toothpaste on the flight. Though it won't be super easy to brush your teeth in the tiny airplane bathroom, it's better than having a mossy mouth.
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    Bring gum. You can also bring some gum to bring your teeth fresh, if this is easier. This will not only refresh your breath, but you can also chew gum when the plane takes off and lands to avoid having your ears pop due to the rapid change in pressure.

Part 2
Preparing for Entertainment

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    Decide on what in-flight electronic entertainment you'll use. There are two approaches to this. One is to leave it all up to the airline (be sure to check what they offer first) and travel as light as possible. The other is to take your own entertainment items because you don't trust that the airline's offerings are adequate. Just be aware that there are weight restrictions and that the more things you take with you, the more things you have to worry about losing, breaking or having stolen. It also means less room in your bags for bringing back souvenirs and treats from wherever you're traveling to.
    • On the other hand, some items will be handy during the trip itself and not just on the plane (for example an MP3 Player or an eReader), so letting them do double duty is great.
    • The other thing to consider is that, if you want to pay for a movie or on-flight entertainment, it can be quite expensive. Though it's complimentary on some flights, you should look into the policy of the airline you're taking. You may be better off renting a movie on iTunes or Google Play and watching it on your Tablet or computer (though the volume may be a bit lower than it would be on the plane's movies) for 3-4 dollars a pop than paying 10 dollars or more to watch a movie on the plane. Also, if you select your movies in advance, you'll have more options to choose from.
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    Bring your electronics. The things you might consider carrying on the plane include an MP3 Player for music and audio books, a laptop or Tablet for writing and reading (and surfing on your trip), a portable DVD player (although this will be quite bulky and your hotel rooms in many places have DVD players) or a portable gaming console such as a Nintendo 3DS or a PSVita. Each has pluses and minuses that you need to weigh up. If you're going on vacation, however, you may want to leave your laptop or other things that remind you of work at home.
    • Bring your cell phone; you may need it on the trip and even if it cannot be used on the plane, it should be with you for safekeeping. Keep in mind that many newer planes have in-flight entertainment available.
    • And if you bring a laptop or Tablet, make sure to have fully charged it before leaving. Depending on the length of the flight, you may wish to consider investing in a portable battery pack to keep all of your electronics fully charged if there are no power points available on the plane.
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    Bring reading material. If you haven't read that novel yet or caught up on the news, here's your chance. Don't forget that you can also stock up on the latest magazines in the airport before boarding the plane and if you manage to read them on the flight, you don't need to cart them with you off the flight! If you have an eReader, you might like to bring it as it can store hundreds of novels or other reading material, including guidebook information for your destination. Here are some forms of reading material you can bring:
    • Novels (bring more than one in case your book gets boring)
    • Celebrity gossip magazines, such as Us Weekly
    • Reputable magazines, such as The New Yorker, The Economist, or TIME
    • The newspaper
    • Materials to read for school or work
      • If you like to write, you can also bring writing material, such as a journal, a laptop, or an article you're preparing. This can be the perfect time to write.
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    Bring games. Whether you're traveling with friends or hoping to make friends with someone sitting next to you, bringing along some games is a great way to keep yourself entertained. You can bring dice, cards, or travel-sized versions of games like Sorry! or even magnetic chess or checkers. If you're traveling with someone, make sure it's a game that he or she would want to play in advance.
    • You can also bring a notepad so you can play games like MASH or Hangman with another person.
    • You can also come prepared with some simple games that only require you to talk. For example, you can play "Geography": all you do is say the name of a country or city; after that, your partner has to say the name of a country or city that starts with the last letter of the country or city you said; then you have to do the same, and you go back and forth until one of you can't think of anything to say or repeats a country or city that was already said.
    • You can also bring a book of Mad Libs to keep you and your friend or seat mate entertained.
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    Bring puzzles. Another way to keep yourself entertained, especially if you're by yourself, is to bring a book of crossword puzzles, Sudoku, or other word or number puzzles. This way, you can just dip into the puzzle whenever you want and feel the time flying by. Just one medium-level crossword could take two or more hours to complete, and you'll see the time whizzing by as you get to work.
    • You can also bring a book of MENSA brain teasers, which will be a combination of word puzzles, number puzzles, and other tricky challenges.
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    Charge all of your electronics before your flight. This is important if you want to use them to stay entertained during your long trip. Though you may get lucky and sit in an aisle that has an outlet, this isn't too likely. You should also be sure to put the charger in your carry-on bag! It's awfully easy to leave the charger at home and spoil your vacation with lamentations about leaving it behind. Ditto for international Sim card, phone cards or portable broadband USB connectors.
    • If you're really desperate to charge one of your electronic devices, one of the stewardesses may do this for you in the back of the plane, but don't count on it.
    • May airlines today allow you to charge in flight. Look on and look up the different options available to you.

Part 3
Staying Healthy on the Plane

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    Bring healthy snacks. Snacks do break up the monotony of the flight as well as helping stave off any unexpected hunger in between airline meals. If you're on a restricted diet or just want to snack without paying $5 for a tiny bag of Pop Chips or Chex Mix, then bringing your own snacks is the way to go. This will also make it a bit easier for you to eat whenever you want, instead of waiting for the stewardesses to come around. Here are some snacks that won't spoil and will leave you feeling satiated while giving you a boost of energy:
    • Apples
    • Trail mix
    • Almonds, cashews, or pistachios
    • A granola bar (as long as it doesn't crumble too much)
    • Yogurt-covered raisins
    • Pretzels
    • Dried mango or bananas
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    Prepare to drink a lot of water. Airline travel is dehydrating, so stick to drinking water and plenty of it. Though you can't bring a bottle of water past security, you can buy one near the terminal before you board your flight. You should also accept any chance you get to get a cup of water, because you don't know the next time the stewardess can come around. Of course, you can usually ask for water at the back of the plane or even by pushing the "call" button, but it's easier to simply accept the water when it comes your way.
    • Of course, while it's very important to drink water, you also don't want to be running to the bathroom every five minutes to pee, especially if you have a window seat and are worried about inconveniencing the people in your row. Find a balance between staying hydrated and not having your bladder feel full the whole time. Keep in mind that it's more important, though, to be hydrated with a full bladder than to be dehydrated and not have to pee.
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    Bring eye drops if your eyes tend to get dry. Eye drops help prevent your eyes from drying out in flight. Though they aren't mandatory, they really can help you if you experience the dry eyes that many people have during a flight. It can be pretty uncomfortable if you realize that your eyes are getting dry in the first hour of a ten-hour flight and there's nothing you can do about it.
    • Just make sure that your container of eye drops is small enough that you can bring it on the plane and make it through security with it without a problem.
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    Stay active on the plane. According to the National Institutes of Health, there is a small risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) on flights longer than four hours. Staying active will help prevent this from happening. You should try to walk up and down the aisles of the plane as much as you can, move, flex, and stretch your legs to keep your blood flowing, and wear clothing that is loose and comfortable. Here are some other things you can do:
    • Hydrate the day before the flight and during the flight
    • Wear compression stockings to keep your legs from swelling if you're at risk (talk to your doctor about risk factors)
    • Avoid alcohol the night before or during the flight because it will dehydrate you. The same goes for coffee, soft drinks, and chocolate.
    • Take baby aspirin the night before and the day of your flight if you don't have any problems with ulcers.[1]
    • Try to get an aisle seat so you can easily walk around the plane.
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    Bring any medication that you may need. Bring anti-nausea medication, pain relief medication, sleep aids, or any of the regular medication that you take on the plane with you so you don't find yourself in need of medication in the middle of your flight. Make sure to bring your regular medication as well as any medication you typically use for pain relief in case you get a headache, neck ache, or experience another pain.
    • If you're thinking of bringing a sleep aid to help you sleep on an overnight flight, make sure you try it out in advance. You don't want to try it for the first time on your flight and then end up having a miserable experience on your flight and after you land.

Part 4
Making the Most Convenient Flight Arrangements

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    Decide which airline to fly. Obviously, you need to know the available flights for your destination and the price has to be "right". However, other things you should be considering when booking for a long haul flight is just how comfortable that airline will prove to be. Some airlines do offer more legroom than others on particular sectors and this is an important consideration the longer the flight gets; do some research and read the advertising promises, as well as checking out people's opinions in online travel and flight forums.
    • Check out what entertainment is offered by the airline. Many newer aircraft types offer individualized monitors in the back of the seat right in front of you, so that you don't have to crane your neck to try to see a wobbly old movie screen with someone else's head in front of it.
    • A lot of these individual entertainment centers now come with lots of movies, news, documentary, etc. choices, as well as radio, music and games that can be played using a handheld device that lifts out from the seat.
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    Choose a comfortable seat in advance. Though somebody's got to be stuck in that middle seat, you should do what you can to get the seat you want. First, you should figure out which seat you prefer, the aisle or the window. The aisle may be the most comfortable for a long flight because you have a bit more room on the side facing the aisle and can easily get up and stretch your legs or use the restroom without inconveniencing people; however, some people like the window because it's easier to rest against it, and because it can be pleasant to look outside. Whatever you choose, here are some tips for picking your seat:
    • Most airlines allow you to choose your seat when you book your flight. Don't overlook this important aspect of booking the flight, even if you're in a rush.
    • If you didn't choose a seat online, try to choose it when you check in, or even at the gate of the flight. Though your flight might be full and you may not be able to switch your seat, it's worth trying.
    • You can try to sit toward the front of the plane so you get to board earlier and leave the plane earlier. The downside is that you may be further from the bathroom.
    • You should try to get a seat in an exit row, where you'll have more leg room.
    • Try to avoid seats in front of the exit row, however. Some of them do not recline!
    • You should also avoid the seats at the very back of the plane. Now only do the seats in the last row typically not recline, but they'll be right near the bathrooms, so the smell won't be as pleasant.
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    If you have very young children, be sure to arrange the right seating for them. While it is cheaper to have a "lap baby" (an infant that has no seat and just sits in your lap throughout the flight), it's not as safe as having a child in his own seat (most airlines allow you to use a car carrier in-flight). Moreover, you're not likely to be permitted to have a baby on your lap for long haul flights that are international.
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    Be wary of selecting a tight connection after a long flight. If you're flying from San Francisco to Paris, an hour-long layover in Brussels may be tempting, but you should make sure to give yourself at least two, or even three hours between tight connections if you want to make sure you make the next flight. If you're traveling internationally, you may have to go through passport control and take other security measures that take up a lot of time, not to mention trying to find your terminal at the other end of an unfamiliar airport. If you want your flight to be stress free, try to pick a connection that will give you enough time to catch your second flight.
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    Check out the affordability of a flat bed in business class. If you can sleep your hours away, this can be a bonus as you'll arrive fresher and possibly overcome jet lag faster. Obviously, the drawback here is cost; although you can investigate the chances of upgrading using your air/frequent flier miles or points and perhaps even finding a sensational online deal for a business class trip. It can be worth it to do some deeper research into the options or to pay a little more for extra comfort – and you won't know unless you try!
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    Check out the food options on the airplane. Most airlines offer a huge array of dietary preferences for international and long haul flights. However, you must book anything that is not the usual run-of-the-mill food choices and it's very wise to double check 24 hours before you're due to fly out, just to make sure the dietary preference you've ordered is properly recorded. It's really depressing to get on a long haul flight and realize you have no food to eat because they botched up the order! In addition, some airlines require you to request special meals at least 24 hours in advance; with Kosher meals, you might even need to request the special catering more than 48 hours in advance.
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    Prepare for any medical issues in advance. Call the airline if you have any dietary, access (for example, a wheelchair or walker) or other issues needing to be double checked. It's probably best to do this 24 to 12 hours in advance of departure. Check that you have any needed medications and accompanying prescriptions. It's important to be prepared in the event that you have a health complication.
    • If you're prone to motion sickness, you can also bring motion-sickness medication or even ginger tablets to help you feel healthy during your flight; though it's important to read the instructions on your medication, you should generally take motion sickness pills about two hours before your flight.
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    Check restrictions before lugging your packed bags to the airport. Losing your favorite pocket knife to security because you packed it in the carry-on bag instead of the cargo bag isn't much fun. Moreover, there are many prohibited items which can easily be found by checking the airport or airline websites, or you can look at the site of the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) for worldwide information.
    • Be aware of baggage weight and size restrictions. Even more painful to your wallet than losing the pocket knife is the damage inflicted in fees for overweight bags! And if your carry-on bag is too big, you're stuffed, so get it right from the beginning. See How to avoid airline baggage fees for more information.

Part 5
Preparing Before Your Flight

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    Sleep well before leaving. Although you might convince yourself that you'll "sleep on the plane", this isn't always guaranteed as you might feel uncomfortable or the passengers two seats across from you might be particularly raucous. Besides which, starting a flight feeling tired can predispose you to catching any bugs on board. The long time in the enclosed plane environment can expose you to other people's colds, flus and other nasties that you're more likely to be able to fight off it you're in great shape and not too tired. It's particularly important that both parents and children get a good night's sleep before a long haul flight, to avoid nerves, tears and frustration.
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    If you have an obvious sickness, prepare to prove that you're no longer contagious. If you have an illness such as the tail-end of chicken pox or you're coughing a lot post a bad flu, have a dated doctor's certificate certifying that it's okay for you to fly (namely, that you're no longer contagious). You can be prevented from boarding if the boarding officials are concerned that you might be contagious. It's also important to get prescription notes or letters if you're carrying medications, to avoid drug charges in less understanding destinations. Read more about this in How to travel with prescription medications.
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    Check the weather conditions in your destination. This will help you to pack properly and will help you to wear the right things on the plane. It's very uncomfortable stepping off a plane from a cold environment into a humid one when you're still wearing the heavy woolen sweater Gran knitted you and you've forgotten to wear a short-sleeved t-shirt underneath! The same thing goes for entering a colder climate after being in a warmer one; always have a coat with you in case the airport you disembark at requires tarmac walking to reach the terminal; it's not much fun wearing a t-shirt and sandals when the snow is pelting down on you or a fierce wind is blowing.
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    Prepare all of the necessary travel documents you'll need. Check that everyone's passports are up to date. Many countries require at least 6 months validity to remain on the passport during the time of travel, so don't get caught out. Here are some other considerations to take when you get all of your documents in order:
    • Organize any visas needed before traveling. It is much easier to do this before you leave for another country than to be standing in line in a foreign airport endlessly worrying that they might not let you in.
    • Arrange for a mixture of foreign cash, traveler's checks and credit/debit cards for overseas travel. Talk to your bank to see what they offer in the way of exchange rates.
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    Get vaccinations out of the way. It can be all too easy to forget these in the excitement of preparing for a trip, so check with your doctor early to see if you need any. And if you need to stock up on any medications you take, do so now by letting your doctor know how long you'll be away for. Don't rely on buying needed medication in a foreign country as you might strike all sorts of problems from lack of the medication to not being able to see a doctor.
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    Pack essentials a few days before the trip. That includes your clothes, any medications you might need, plane tickets, passports and toiletries. It's sensible to create a list that helps keep you on track with what you should pack and that can be used for the entire trip to help ensure you've remembered all contents for your bag, as well as serving as a record of items if your bag gets lost or stolen.
    • Be sure to have left information with neighbors, friends and family about what to do in the event of an emergency with your property (house, car, etc.), your pets or any children you've left behind with relatives or, if they're old enough, in your house.
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    Decide how you are going to get to the airport. A long haul flight usually presupposes that you'll be gone for a while and that you're less likely to take your car to the airport. However, do check out the long-term car storage price as it may be affordable and an option that works well for you, especially if you're concerned about the security of leaving your car at home while you're gone. Some airports offer good long-term parking rates. Otherwise, consider renting a car, using a shuttle service, hiring a taxi, or asking a neighbor or family member to drop you off at the airport. The latter option is especially nice because you get to have a farewell!
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    Arrive early or within the usual two to three hour pre-flight arrival time for international destinations. If you're disabled or require special access help, it's a good idea to arrive as early as possible to secure the arrangements needed to help you board on time and in comfort. If you're worried about what to do before the plane leaves if you're too early, there is a lot to do at most modern airports and you can always get out one of your books, games, journal or other forms of entertainment!

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  • Pack gum to chew so you don't get the ear pain that may occur with the plane's landing.
  • Some good entertainment items are portable video games (DS, PSP), iPods and MP3 players, magnetic "travel" board games, crossword puzzle or Sudoku books, a good novel, magazines that interest you, and a cell phone.
  • Realistically, you won't be listening to your iPod for the entirety of a ten-hour flight, so pack more than one source of entertainment.
  • Bring chargers for electronics. Don't assume that charging all of the electronics beforehand will work, because your DVD player probably doesn't have enough battery for a 6 hour plane ride, a week-long vacation, and another 6 hour plane ride.
  • Be courteous to flight attendants and all airline personnel. You never know when they might upgrade you because they liked your smile or seated you next to the toilets at the back of the plane even though you asked precisely to avoid that, all because you irritated them.
  • Arrive at the airport 2 1/2 hours early before the plane's scheduled departure. This will allow time to have a bite to eat, buy a book to read during the plane flight, or use the bathroom. Otherwise, you will have to rush through everything in the airport and have an uncomfortable flight. Remember that due to new security screening measures it might take awhile to have your bags cleared.
  • Pack several days worth of beauty and sanitary supplies in carry-on luggage. One spare pair of underwear is a good idea too in case bags get lost.
  • If you have a problem with air pressure in your ears, such as tinnitus, pack some plane earplugs in your carry-on luggage so you can wear them. The airplane's air pressure may be constant, and they have air conditioning, so you may not need them. Ear plugs and eye shades will also help drown out unwanted noise and light when you want to sleep on board the plane.
  • Bring an extra shirt and pants on your carry-on just in case, you never know.
  • It's also a good step to take to ask a trusted neighbor to park your car (if you're leaving it behind) differently every day if you're going away for a while; or, they can park their extra car in your drive as needed, on and off.
  • Say goodbye to friends and family who aren't coming to the airport with you. Leave them with contact details in case of emergencies. It's often a good idea to leave them with a list of your flights, internal travel arrangements, hotel and other places where you're staying and your roaming phone number. As well, leave copies of your passports, traveler's check numbers and credit/debit card numbers (yes, choose people you trust for leaving all these details with). If you do get into trouble with lost bags and money, these trusted people will be a useful resource for you.
  • Pack medications in carry-on luggage.
  • Make arrangements to keep your home safe and running smoothly when you're away. Organize for timers to set off lights and perhaps radios in your home at night while you're away, to give the appearance of still being at home. This is especially important if you live somewhere that burglaries are an issue.
  • It is crucial that someone picks up your mail. A mailbox full of social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other personal info is an identity theft dream. However, it is possible for the post office to hold your mail if you make a request.
  • Make arrangements for someone to pick up mail (or instruct the post office to hold your mail) and to watch the family pet.
  • Read the airline's magazine (usually in the back pocket of the seat in front of you) for things you can't use during flight. You don't want your flashy new iPhone confiscated from you.
  • Invest in electrical converters and/or adapters for foreign destinations.
  • Make sure to buy a meal in the airport if they do not serve one during your flight. Most airports have tiny food courts with familiar restaurants like McDonald's or Taco Bell.
  • Check with your medical care giver about giving a bottle to a baby during take-off and landing to help prevent ear discomfort.
  • If you don't have a cell phone and are 7+ years of age you can always use your parent's phone.
  • If you have pets and a garden, a house sitter is the best option for a trip that's more than a week away; if you can't find a professional housesitter with super references, what about your neighbor's older teen or an older teen child of your siblings? Most older teens love a chance to prove that they can "play house" and they tend to be more respectful when it's not their own home!
  • If you are a woman you might want to bring some pads or tampons and put them in your carry-on bag just in case you get your period because you never know when it could happen.


  • Don't rely too heavily on any one source of in-flight entertainment - anything can happen. Your iPod can die, the in-flight movie system can fail, etc.
  • Try not to get out of your seat when the cart is out. Doing so will make it hard for other passengers and flight attendants as they will then be forced to move elsewhere. Don't also try going through other seats as it might make passengers feel uncomfortable.
  • Be prepared to walk during the airplane flight to help prevent deep vein thrombosis. Keep moving your legs, or get up to walk to the bathroom often, depending on the length of the flight. Do some mild stretches in the aisles (be careful that you don't hit a sleeping passenger or a flight attendant!). Some flights with personal TVs offer videos of in-seat stretches.
  • Avoid advertising your vacation. While it's acceptable to tell close friends and family about your trip (and recommended), it isn't acceptable to go post in your blog or on Twitter: "Oh, tomorrow I'm going to Mexico, and I'll be gone for two weeks" – strangers might find your house and steal from it.
  • If you use a shuttle service to get to the airport, when asked what time your flight is leaving, give an earlier time than your actual flight, say about an hour earlier. They often will be picking up other people in your vicinity, and these other people may not be on time for the shuttle service, like you will be. This may be even more important on the return flight, especially if you are going to a favorite vacation spot, like Florida, where many people use a shuttle service since it is usually half the cost of a taxi. This way you will not be compromised time-wise regarding being on time yourself, and won't be rushed when you do arrive at the airport.
  • There are lots of don'ts because airlines and airports are very strict about observing good behavior. You'll be aware of them all soon enough and here are some:
    • Don't pack something that is not allowed in your origin or destination airports. This is very important. Check with the airline or travel agency to confirm what is allowed during the trip.
    • Don't get up while the seat-belt sign is on.
    • Don't ignore the pilot's command to turn off electronics. Some electronics are very bad for the plane when it is landing.
    • Don't do anything stupid such as threatening the pilot. Don't joke around about bombs or terrorists.
    • Don't use a phone (unless there's a flight mode) or any other kind of wireless transmitter/receiver (such as a laptop, a Nintendo DS, etc.) on the plane, these signals possibly could interfere with the plane's navigation technology. Also if you have a phone or iphone or any source, be sure to put it on Plane mode.

Things You'll Need

  • Puzzle book
  • iPod/MP3 player
  • Travel pillow and blanket – many airlines provide these, so check first; the less you carry, the better for your posture
  • Snacks – especially important if you're always hungry or you're on a dairy/gluten/egg/meat/air-free diet
  • Travel board games – magnetic, card and dice ones are best
  • Magazines – grab a load at the airport to save you carrying them
  • A good book – a thick novel will do the trick; you can always post it back home (Or even better, an E-reader with many books on it)
  • DVD player – extremely optional, extremely not needed
  • Chargers for your electronics – don't forget them!
  • Passports and tickets – without fail
  • Pens and pencils – colored ones for all ages, serious pens for adults and writers
  • A change of underwear can really make a huge difference. After hours and hours of travel, it's the next best thing to having a shower. Bring a Ziploc bag for the dirties.
  • Baby wipes - a fast and easy way to freshen up on long flights.

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