We have all been first time flyers at least once in our lives. The first time on a plane can be exciting but at times overwhelming as you don’t know what to expect or how to feel about the entire experience. Normally as a first time traveler, you have so many questions about traveling ranging from what to do at the airport, how to check in at the airport, when to arrive at the airport, what the cabin luggage size should be, what you can take in your hand luggage or even how to book your hotel or air ticket in the first place. All these questions can be daunting if you don’t have where to get the answers from. With this post, you’ll get all the necessary tips for first time flyers from carry on luggage rules to how best you can handle flying anxiety.

First Time Flying Tips

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Tips for first time flyers before your travel date

You’re about to fly to a new country– yay congratulations!!  But before you experience your first time flying on a plane, there are some important things that should be done. These will determine whether you’ll get to the plane or your dreams will be crushed.

 Obtain a visa.

The type of visa to be obtained will depend on the reason for traveling. The types of visas can range from tourist visa, business, student, work, to many others.  To see the general visa requirements, check with you’re nearest consular of the country you’re traveling to.
But some of the common visa requirements for most embassies include;
  • Proof of a booked air ticket; round trip. If you haven’t booked your flight ticket yet,  compare the prices of different flights with Skyscanner to choose the best deal.
  • Proof of hotel booking. The country you’re traveling to wants to be sure that you already have where to stay when you reach in their country. Not sure where to stay at in an absolutely new country, book your ideal hotel with booking.com or Hotelscombined to enjoy endless deals on discounted hotel rooms.
  • A copy of your bank statement. Are you able to take care of yourself while in a foreign country? The embassy will always require a bank statement to gauge whether you can actually survive in their country. The embassy usually states the minimum amount that should be on your bank account for a certain period of time to be eligible to enter their country.
  • Yellow fever Card. Even though a yellow fever card is mandatory in some countries, some of them do not require it. So, again, check with the embassy requirements to see if it’s needed.

Make a research about the country you’re traveling to.

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The best way to know about the country you’re traveling to is by making extensive research. You don’t want to be shocked on the first day you land in a new country. It is wise to at least know some of the basics of the country from their culture, dressing code, food to the cost of living. If you’re a budget traveler, you may want to read this post that shows how to travel on a budget.

Come up with an itinerary.

I know some travelers are all about being spontaneous but having an itinerary can save you a lot of time and money by making you more organized. Design an itinerary depending on your interests -this can be from visiting Unesco World Heritage Sites, national parks to big cities.
Not sure which activities to go for in a certain country, click on this link to select activities you want to do based on the area or country you’re traveling to.

First time flying tips on your flight date

As a first time traveler, you might be asking yourself; how do I prepare for my first flight? Some of the things to know when flying for the first time on your flight date are endless but we are going to look at the most important ones like when to arrive at the airport, airport check-in process, what to do when you get to the airport and general airport tips.

Packing tips

Don’t carry luggage that weighs more than what the airline allows unless you’re willing to pay for the extra kgs. The accepted kgs of your luggage are always indicated on your ticket, so be sure to check it to avoid extra fees.
Find out what you can bring on a plane and all the hand luggage restrictions. Every airline has different rules, so check with your airline to see what you can take in your hand luggage and the carry on luggage weight acceptable. If you’re traveling to Africa, here is the list of what pack for an African safari.

What to wear on a plane

Wear comfortable clothes while flying. By comfortable, I don’t mean high heels or jungle boots but rather sweat pants, a comfortable pair of jeans,  a t-shirt or a really comfortable top are ideal. You can shop all these comfortable clothes from here.

Wear easy to remove shoes. As you go through the security check at the airport,you’re going to have to take off your shoes a couple of times. So instead of wearing gladiator shoes will endless shoelaces to untie, opting for
flip flops or sneakers is a better choice.
Pro tip: Make sure you don’t have smelly feet or shoes as you don’t want to be embarrassed at the airport when you take off your shoes. But if you do, don’t worry, this fungus treatment will heal the smelly feet before your big trip.
Forego the belt if you can or wear clothes that don’t require one. While going through security, you’re required to remove your belt every now and then. So, if you don’t want to be inconvenienced, just do away with it.

First time flyer Airport tips

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  •  Reach at the airport 2 hours before your flight time.  You’ve probably heard this countless times but it’s not just the excitement of a first flyer that should make you be at the airport early but also the fear of missing your flight.
  • Check your ticket to confirm the terminal where your flight is to be. For big airports, make sure your taxi driver drops you off at the exact terminal or else you’re bound to waste a lot of time looking for your terminal or even “get lost” and eventually lose your flight.
  • Be sure to have your passport, ticket, and all the necessary documents at all times.
  •  Use the screens in the airport to locate your check-in point so that you don’t end up at the wrong counter when the check-in time reaches.
  • Ask for help from the airport officials. If anything goes wrong or you’re not sure of where to go, don’t panic; politely ask the airport staff for help and they will be at your service.
  • Reach the check-in point on time.
  • Request for a window seat at check-in. (that is if you want to enjoy the outside views from the plane). While at check-in, you’re given an option to choose the seat you want (if the attendant is generous enough to ask).
  • When you’re given your boarding pass, memorize the gate number you’ll use to access the plane.
  • Head to your departure gate and keep an ear out for any announcements related to your flight.
  • Be sure that the boarding pass is with you at all times as it’s what you’ll use to board the plane.

First time flight: Tips for when you board the airplane

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  • Only sit on the seat number allocated to you on your boarding pass. Seat numbers look like 35A, 1B, & 27C and they are always located on the overhead bin above the plane seats.
  • Place your hand luggage in the overhead bin, if it’s a small handbag or purse, place it under the seat in front of you.  Now you can sit and get comfortable.
  • Fasten your seat belt and wait for further instructions from the flight attendants.
  • You will be given instructions on what to do in case of an emergency but don’t panic, that is the routine for all flights, not that something bad is anticipated to happen.
  •  If you are a nervous flyer, I recommend you don’t look outside the window until you get comfortable otherwise you might get more nervous. Regardless of how fun flying on a plane is, I’ve found it a bit scary a couple of times to look outside the window.
  • Flying can get boring, more so if the flight is for long hours, so don’t just sit there: you can read a book, watch a movie if the plane you’re in has that provision, write if you’re a writer or a blogger or just sleep to kill the boredom.
  • Wake up to watch the sunrise. If you traveled in the wee hours of the night, wake up to see the sunrise. The sunrise on a plane is one of the best sunrises you’ll ever see, so if you’re up for it- don’t miss out on it.
  •  Don’t be scared of Airplane Turbulence-“bumping of the airplane during the flight.” Chances are high that you’ll experience airplane turbulence but don’t freak out as this is absolutely normal especially when the weather is not so good. I have to be honest, I freaked out on my first flight because of this. However scary it might seem, you’re actually not in danger- you’re plane is not going down. Just tighten your seat belt if you had removed it before.

Even after following all those guidelines above, there are other unwritten airplane etiquettes that you should be aware of as a first-time flyer.

How do you calm your nerves when flying? 
  • Try to fall asleep so that you don’t hear the bumping of the plane.
  • Watch an interesting movie that takes away your concentration from the turbulence.
  •  Don’t be uncomfortable in silence; the flight attendants are there to serve you, so if you have anything you want to know, just ask and help will be on its way.
  • Chew gum or sweets. First time flights can be exciting but complicated too. My first time flight experience was rather painful as I had constant ear pain almost half the entire flight. What was the cause?  The difference between the air pressure in the inside inner ear and the pressure outside. Normally, the pressure in the inside inner ear is equal to the outside pressure, but due to the rapid change of altitude while flying, there is an imbalance which causes ear pain.  How do you make sure it doesn’t happen to you?  Chew gum. Chewing gum helps equalize the air pressure in the inside inner ear and that of the outside pressure.

Lastly, have fun.  Forget the anxiety and pain and enjoy the flight. you’re never gonna have another first time flight experience,  so forego all the distractions and enjoy all that comes with flying.

First time flyer: Tips for when you leave the plane.

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  • The first thing to do when you board off the plane is to locate where your baggage is being dropped. Chances are high that you don’t know where, so use the direction arrows and screens in the airport to locate the cargo drop off area for your plane. Again if you can’t locate it, ask for help from the airport staff.
  • After getting your luggage, locate the customs area to get the necessary stamps to let you enter and stay in their country.
  • Get an airport cab if you didn’t arrange for airport pick up and begin your adventures.
  • Have fun, loosen up, be smart, stay safe, enjoy your trip to a new country and don’t forget to take lots of pictures.
Check out this post to discover more travel tips and hacks that will help you as a first time traveler.
Are you planning to take your first trip overseas or it’s your first time flying, I hope these tips were helpful. Did you have a fun or weird experience during your first time on a plane? I would love to read your experiences and don’t forget to share with others that may need these tips.
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