How to Navigate Your First Time Flying

If you are preparing for your first time flying, there are a few things you should know. Flying can sometimes be stressful, scary, or just overwhelming. But by following these tricks and tips for your first time flying, you will feel much more at ease and quickly become a veteran flyer!

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First time flying checklist

First things first – make sure you have all the necessary documents prepared! Check and double check that you do not need a Visa prior to flying wherever you are going. This varies from country to country, but could be essential for your trip.

If leaving the country, make sure your Passport is up to date and packed in an easily accessible place, like your handbag or carry-on bag. I always recommend making a copy of your Passport to store in your luggage, just in case something unforeseeable happens while traveling. You will also need a valid I.D. and your boarding pass with you. Having all these documents organized and at the ready will make your first flight that much easier.


Passport for your travel

Passport for your travel

You might not realize all the necessary steps needed before you are even allowed to board your plane! There is no need to be nervous about your first time flying – everyone at the airport will be more than willing to assist you with any questions. Make sure to arrive at the airport early, usually two hours for domestic flights and three hours for international is my recommendation.

You will need to check-in online the night before or check-in at the airline’s counter at the airport once you arrive at the airport. Make sure you check about baggage allowances – see if you are allowed a checked bag, will need to pay for a checked bag, and the dimensions allowed on that specific flight. It is also important to know that the earlier you check in, the more likely your chance is to choose your own seat (if you prefer aisle or window, this is a great trick!)

After checking in, you will go through security and then be allowed in the airport terminal where you will head to your gate before boarding your plane! Grab yourself a snack and a magazine, sit back, and prepare to enjoy your trip!


Security Check at airport

Security Check at airport

First time flying things to know

If your flight is relatively quick, you do not necessarily need to worry about the following, but it would not hurt! Packing an eyemask and cozy sweater really help to ensure longer flights are more enjoyable. Sleeping on airplanes can be tricky but sometimes essential. If this is your first trip via airline, it might be even more of a challenge falling asleep in your seat. A sleep mask will help keep it dark and a sweater will keep you warm and cozy. You might also want to bring along some earplugs as sometimes the altitude can cause your ears to pop, not to mention the occasional unwanted chatting behind you or crying of an infant.

My biggest trick for flying is hydration. Many people enjoy having a cocktail on a flight, especially when they are complimentary. But this will only make you more groggy when you disembark at your destination. Drinking while flying will also make jet lag worse if you are traveling outside your home country. Bring a reusable water bottle with you and frequently as the flight attendants on board to fill it up for you. By staying hydrated, you will feel more refreshed! It will also ensure you get up frequently in order to use the bathroom. Keeping yourself moving as often as possible is crucial. The more you get up and move around the cabin, the faster the time passes and the more comfortable you will feel!

How to get over first time flying nerves

Many people can get very nervous while flying or in preparation for flying. If this is your first time and you are falling victim to these nerves, try to take a deep breath and relax. It is important to realize how skilled all the airplane’s staff is. Their main goal is to get you to your destination safely. If you are truly fearful, it might be best to consult your doctor. They could possibly prescribe you a small prescription of medicine to help calm your nerves as you fly for the first time.

Make sure you pack some items that will help keep you distracted while flying, which will ultimately calm your nervous without realizing so. A good book or magazine is a good way to do this! Create a great playlist on your iPod or cell phone to listen to during the flight, or download some movies to watch on a device. But remember, you might not always have Wifi on airplanes, so ensure you can watch or listen without!

Regardless of where you are traveling to or what the situation, flying for your first time does not need to be a stressful or scary experience! By following these guidelines, you will be a pro in no time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight!

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