Don’t we all just love jet setting off to a new destination? I love airports: the hype and atmosphere in an airport gets me so excited and amped, even if it’s just a two-hour local flight from Cape Town International airport to Johannesburg. From my experience I’ve learnt a few tips and tricks to making your airport visit and flight very comfortable and stress free. As we all know, travelling can be fun but can also have the downside of being quite stressful if things aren’t in place.
Below I have added some of my personal travel and airport tips from the minute you leave the comfort of your home.
Dressing comfortably doesn’t need to mean wearing oversized T’s and sweat pants. That’s not always the case in “airport fashion”. Allow yourself to wear loose yet fitted clothing. Something easy to move around in that still looks decent (you never know who you might bump into).
Catch a taxi or Uber:
Before you even get to the airport you need to eliminate the stress of parking and exhorbitant parking costs to leave your car overnight or at the airport for the duration of your holiday. It will cost you less to call a taxi or Uber to drop you off at the airport.
Check in online:
The best and easiest way to check in is online. Each airline gives you the option, and you can do it at the click of a button from your mobile device or the self-help machines at the airport. This has saved me so much time, especially when I am running late to the airport. This will eliminate queues and excessive running around in the airport.
I really don’t like this process at all. While in line, remove your belt and any other metal objects you are carrying on you, such as watches and rings. Also remove your laptop/tablet from your bag before placing it on the conveyor to go through the X-ray scanner. It is best to travel with a bag that makes it easy to take out and put back your laptop/tablet. Keep your boarding pass and ID/passport ready as well. All of this will speed up the process of getting through security.
Hygiene / Health:
Since airports are filled with travellers from all over the world, it’s very important to make sure hygiene is your number one priority. I always carry hand sanitiser and wet wipes with me simply to clean my hands on the go –
we come into contact with so much germs at an airport and you don’t want to pick up a nasty bug before your holiday even starts. Once you board your plane, wet wipes are a must! You don’t know if the person before you washed their hands after using the toilet. Pull out a wet wipe and clean your armrests and eating tray. Nothing better than a clean space if you are going to eat and work while on the plane. Another great tip to stay healthy is to stay hydrated on long flights and to also make sure you take your multivitamin. This will just help boost your body’s immune system in fighting off any bugs during travelling.
I hope you have enjoyed my top 5 airport and travel tips. Remember to plan well and always be on time. That way everything will run smoothly at your next airport visit.
MR LEE FRASER