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Pre-flight Rituals for Dummies

Whether you're a frequent flyer or just started planning your first flight – you still have to prepare for your journey! Other than the usual meticulous luggage packing, taxi and hotel reservation; here are a few things you should be doing.

1. Plan Your Budget

Did you know it is usually cheaper to exchange money in your home country than abroad? That’s why it’s ideal to take some of the money you budgeted for the trip in cash and leave some on your credit/debit card (just incase). ATMs usually give good exchange rates in-country – just be weary of scammers stalking the machines!

2. Prepare Your Electronics

Pretty sure at least 85% of novice transatlantic flyers have had the experience of arriving at their destination only to discover a completely unfamiliar electrical socket plug. Horrible right? Imagine not being able to post on the gram or let your tweeps know you're living your best life? What really was the point of the trip then? Before you set out on your journey, you need to make sure that you will be able to recharge your devices. Check if the country you’re planning on visiting uses the same electrical socket plugs as yours. You'll be surprised the amount of joy an adapter for your chargers can bring to your life,

3. Pack Some Clothing into Your Carry-On

Not sure if you've heard the saying - plan for the worst and hope for the best. This is a top flying mantra. Carry-on luggage can usually be a life-saver in cases of misplaced luggage or that unusual freak toilet accident. To avoid getting caught with your pants down – and to actually have pants – always pack an extra set of clothes into your cabin luggage.

4. Research Your Trip

Sounds obvious right? You'll be shocked to know how many flyers take this golden rule for granted. If you’re going to a country that you had never visited before, you should look into means of getting from the airport to the hotel. That way you will know if you need to avoid taxis or what bizarre procedures you need to follow to use mass transit. On the more mundane side, you should check which car rental strike that balance between quality and price. You might also want to look at Google maps or Tripadvisor to see which local restaurants are the best rated. There are rumours of locals specifically down-voting good spots to discourage tourists, so you might actually want to read the reviews.

5. Prepare for the Flight

*drum roll* It's game day now, and just a few hours away from your dream destination! The most important thing you really need to do is make sure you have all your relevant documents on you. There's no point in packing all your favourite bikinis and forgetting your passport. Trust me, it happens! You definitely want to have a valid passport, the tickets (whether printed or in a digital format), your carry-on luggage, and your usual luggage. Make sure your stuff fits within the regulations set down by the airline – you won’t win much by arguing with their employees at the airport!

Hope you find these tips helpful on your next flying experience....if you feel we left something out, please drop a comment below :)