Many times you travel by plane to get to the destination desired. As summer gets underway many will take to the skies to enjoy their vacations from Austin, TX. Here are some tips for your flights.
Reclining Your Seat-Most want to be comfortable in their seats. Since the seats are getting closer and closer together it is suggested by many experts not to recline your seats since it only goes back about 2 inches or so. If you do it means the person behind you will have to recline theirs, and so on. If you must recline your seat be careful to go slow as you don't know if the person behind you has something on the tray that could spill or if they have long legs, etc. If there is meal time pull your seat up so they can use their tray for their food. Be kind and respectful.
Get Out of the Aisle Quickly-Before boarding the plane make sure you have the things you want in the bag that will go under the seat such as your tablet, phone, kindle, etc.. When you get on the plane find your seat and put your main bag in the overhead bin and sit down promptly so everyone else can get to their seats in a timely fashion. There is nothing more frustrating than waiting for a person to rummage through their bag before they put it in the overhead bin. This delays things for everyone and for the plane to leave on time.
Armrests Dilemma-The person in the aisle and window seat each have an armrest so technically the middle seat gets both center armrest. It is only fair. If you don't want to fuss over the armrest then consider booking the window or aisle seat.
Place Your Bag Over Your Seat- Many times when you board the plane you find that most of the bins are already full. Try to place your bag in an overhead bin in front of you instead of behind you. This is important for long international flights. There have been some situations where folks in the back watch where bags are placed. If you fall a sleep they can rummage through your things. Keep an eye on your bags.
Leaving Your Seat-Don't climb over the person that is sleeping next to you. Kindly nudge them and say, " I am sorry to bother you" and wait for them to get up to let you out.
Summer is a busy time to travel. Be kind to one another and following these basic flight etiquette guidelines to ensure you don't have any problems on your next flight. Safe Travels!
Global Entry is good for 5 years. For your $100 you also get TSA PreCheck. You can purchase the TSA PreCheck by itelf (it is good for 5 years). For $15 more you can get expedited through U. S. Customs. This is helpful is you do a lot of international travel.
1. Date of Expiration-Keep an eye on your calendar. Globsl Entry expires on your birthdate. You should receive and email 90 days before it expires as well. Make sure you haven't changed your email address.
2. Don't get in trouble-You can't be convicted of any crime or you can have your Global Entry revoked. Follow the program requirements and you will be fine.
3. Avoid violating agriculture guidelines-You want to make sure you are not bringing back any fresh fruit, meat, dairy, etc. These agriculture violations are a big issue. You must declare these items if you are bringing them back to the USA. If you don't you can be fined and lose your Global Entry. If you are given fruit on the plane don't put it in your pocket and take it with you. You will get stopped.
If you don't have Global Entry you can use the Mobile Passport App that helps expedite you through customs.
Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe when traveling:
1. Airplanes-You know they are dirty. Did you know that patterns of infectious disease tranmission has been shown in the friendly skies? Think about it. The table trays are not always wiped down. The seat pockets are never cleaned so keep your stuff out of there. The armrests and headrest aren't either so consider packing wipes with you when you travel.
2. Traveling with a baby? - It is always recommended that you "wear your infant"- using a baby carrier through the airport. This allows you to manage your luggage while keeping your infant close in front of you so you don't have to sit them down in a dirty areas. Using the baby carrier is also a natural barrier from strangers wanting to come in contact with them and pass germs.
3. Zika-is still out there- Zika may not be in the news but pregnant women and women wanting to become pregnant need to take precautions when traveling to the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, Mexico, Africa, South America, or Asia. It is recommended to talk with your doctor about potential risks and precautions.
4. Wear your Seat Belts- Insist everyone where their seat belt when in a vehicle. If you have young kids please use the proper car seat or booster seat for them. When in a destination make sure you wear your seat belt as well. If you are on an excursion and riding in a vehicle that has seat belts make sure you wear them for your safety. Never ride or drive when under the influence.
5. Shots-When traveling internationally make sure you and everyone in your family have the necessary shots for anyone 6 months and older. Always check with your child's doctor.
6. Food Safety-It is always best to drink bottled water when you travel. Make sure your food is cooked completely. Be careful with the raw fish. Be careful with your blended smoothies and cocktails. You are saying what??? Just be mindful as the drinks with ice, etc. can be contaminated. If you are a cheese lover eat it in small amounts. Other countries don't process their cheese like we do so be careful or you will have an upset stomach.
7. Wash hands before you eat and after you use the bathroom-Take your time to wash your hands with soap. The hand sanitizer doesn't kill all the germs. Do this reguarly and thoroughly when you travel.
8. Toilet paper-Always take a roll of toilet paper with your when you travel. There are many countries that charge you to use the restroom. Europe is known for this. Many may only offer a few sheets which may not be enough or flat out don't have any. Put the roll of toilet paper in a quart bag and keep in your purse or backpack. You will be glad you did.
9. Stay Hydrated-This is very important when you are traveling espeically when flying. Always take an empty bottle with you so you can fill it up in the airport so you can have a larger amount of water on the plane. When you are traveling you can refill it as well so you have water with you at all times. A good goal is to consider what you weigh in pounds and consume half that number in ounces of water per day.
10. Medicine kit-Always take it with you. You never know when you will need it. Take some Ibuprofen or acetaminophen, bandaids, pedialyte, and antacids. If you use essential oils a few drops of Digize in some tea or water. It is great for heart burn.
I love to travel and explore the world. My goal is to help others actually experience their desired destination(s) whether they are traveling solo or as a group. The world has so much to offer.