How to Manage Your First Overseas Travel Bookmark and Share

Whether it is flying for business or for pleasure, overseas travels can be very tiresome. Most frequent fliers would rather be home than sit on an airplane on hours end. Without entertainment, boredom will creep in on you while aboard an airplane. That is why there are several things you need to do in order to survive long overseas flights. From packing the necessary things to arriving at the destination, surviving your overseas trip can be very easy once you follow these simple guidelines.

Packing Your Things

Don’t forget to pack whatever you need. All the things you need to carry with you should be placed on your carry-on bag. This can be your travel wallet, passport, airline ticket, and one of your world time clocks, if you have any, to remind you to set the time of your watch properly once your arrive at your destination. Also, don’t forget to bring something to help you kill time like a book or an mp3 player.

If you are traveling for business, don’t pack too many things; even something as small as an attache case will be enough for an overnight trip. However, if you plan to stay a little bit longer, like a day or two, be sure to prepare a change of clothes.

On the other hand, if you are traveling for pleasure, make sure that you limit your baggage to two suitcases. You don’t need to bring your entire wardrobe. As much as possible bring only the things that you need. Besides, you can always buy souvenir t-shirts at your destination area to make the vacation more exciting.

Going to the Airport

On the day of your trip, be sure to go to the airport at least 2 hours before your departure. You don’t want to be last on that check-in and security lines. Make sure that all your travel documents like your passport and airline ticket, are ready. More importantly, double check the contents of your carry-on bag to make sure that you are not carrying anything prohibited by the airport.

To save more money, take advantage of tax-free goodies at duty free shops. Before you leave, buy anything that you want at the shop but make sure that you are within bounds of your destination area’s protocols especially when it comes to alcohol.

During the Flight

The best thing to do when on a long-hour flight is to sleep and relax. This can help lessen the jet lag later. Remember to not to drinking alcohol during the flight to avoid accidents and drink plenty of water. It is easy to be dehydrated especially on long flights, so make sure you have enough water with you or ask the attendants for some.

If you brought a book with you, read that to help you kill time or you can watch the in-flight movie for entertainment. If you do plan to sleep during the trip, set your travel alarm clocks at the right time to wake you before your arrival.

Upon Arrival

Make sure you go out of the plane as soon as possible. You would have to go to Immigrations so better be first than last. If you are not too sure where to go, there are helpful signs along the way than can help you. Ready your passport and always keep a copy of your boarding pass.

Lastly, if you haven’t changed or withdrawn money prior to your flight, there are several ATM and money-changing machines at airports. After making sure you have all your belongings with you, head out and smell the fresh air. Bon voyage!


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