There’s a first time for everything.
When it comes to flying, the whole airport experience alone, without even taking into consideration the actual getting into the air part, can be stressful and daunting. It really all comes down to knowing what to expect, because like most things in life, the thought is often worse than the reality.
If you’re nervous about flying for the first time, the actual taking to the skies part, then all you need to do is mention it to one of the cabin crew as you board the plane, and they’ll be sure to keep checking in on you, calming you down, and reassuring you that all is well, as it will be.
Despite worry, probably the hardest part for a first time flyer is navigating the airport.
- Print out all your travel documents and put them into the order you will need them. Pack them in your hand luggage bag, along with your passport.
- Do a little research into your airport, make sure you know which terminal you need to be at, and how long before your flight time you need to check in. Knowledge is power.
- Check your airline’s baggage allowance and weigh your case before you leave the house. Excess luggage charges can be costly.
- Be aware that hand luggage is also weighed much of the time, so distribute your belongings if need be, but keep medications, travel documents, money, valuables in your hand luggage.
- Research your airport online, such as any special instructions, as well as the fun stuff, like where there is to shop and eat; this could go some way to getting you excited about your airport experience.
- Make sure you understand the security process. Security at the airport can be stressful if you don’t know what to do, and it’s a busy, bustling part of the checking in process. If you know what to do, you’ll be calmer. Remove any belts or anything metal that could set off the alarm, and if you’re unsure just ask the attendant and they’ll advise you. Sometimes you have to remove jewellery, sometimes you don’t. As for shoes, this varies, and your attendant will tell you as you’re putting your hand luggage in the scanner tray.
- Once you’re through security, check the screens to see if you have a gate number yet, and keep checking for any updates. Don’t leave it too late before you head to your departure gate.
- Be aware of your duty free restrictions when it comes to cigarettes and alcohol, which can vary depending on where you’re travelling to and from. Ask if you’re unsure, but your airport website will give you plentiful information.
- Keep your boarding pass, the slip of paper or card given to you at check in, safe with your passport, and show this as you’re boarding the plane. This will be scanned or the edge ripped off and given back to you, and you’ll show this again just as you’re setting foot onto your plane.
- Finally … keep calm!
You’re just about to jet off on holiday, time to get excited and look forward to it! If you’re nervous, remember to talk to cabin crew, and avoid alcohol, because this will dehydrate you and you’ll get drunk so much quicker than normal.
Chill out, watch a film, read, do whatever makes you comfortable. Do a few exercises, walk around, drink plenty of water or juice, and it’ll soon be time to land.