Prior to departure
1. Order special meals, request special assistance if required. 2. Provide relatives or friends with a detailed copy of your itinerary including flight details, hotel and telephone numbers. 3. Arrange travel insurance. 4. Ensure your credit cards are valid for the duration of the trip and purchase travelers checks. 5. You will need a passport when traveling internationally. If you have not already applied for your passport, arrange this well in advance of your departure date.
Insurance It is highly recommended that you take out travel insurance. Travel Insurance has been specially-designed to cover against personal, baggage and cancellation risks. It will also protect against the high cost of emergency medical and hospital care overseas.
Clothes Make sure your clothing is appropriate for the climate you are traveling to. Easy care, crush-resistant clothes that can coordinate in many combinations are ideal. For in-flight comfort, loose warm clothing is suggested.
Baggage There are certain articles that must not be carried in any of your baggage. You will find details on such 'Dangerous Goods' in your ticket folder, or ask your travel agent to explain.
Never carry luggage for other people and make sure that you pack your own bags. Unwary travelers have been duped into carrying and checking in bags and parcels containing drugs or prohibited items.
Special Requirements Should you have any special dietary requirements, tell the airlines or Travel Agent when making your reservation. Or if you need special attention for wheelchair etc tell them at time of reservation, double check at check-in and then again at the gate..
On the day of travel
1. Check again that you are carrying all travel documents, money and medications in a safe place. Carry all medications in your carry on bag
Warning: Some drugs, such as codeine, may be legally obtained and used in some countries without a doctor's prescription, but not in others. Never carry such drugs overseas without taking a doctor's prescription with you.
Getting to the airport On the day of departure, allow plenty of time to get to the airport.
Checking -In At the airline check-in counter you'll receive your boarding pass, baggage receipts and seat allocation.
International Flights Economy Class passengers should check in at least 3 hrs before departure time; Business Class and First Class no later than 2 hr before departure.
Domestic Flights You must have completed baggage check-in and seat allocation at least 30 minutes prior to departure time.
Immigration and Security At international airports you need to pass through immigration, customs and security procedures prior to reaching your departure lounge. Allow plenty of time to complete these formalities. You will need to have your ticket folder, boarding pass and passport ready. In most countries you will require a completed departure card with details such as your passport number, home address, flight number and destination. The security procedures usually involve walking through automatic metal detectors and passing your hand baggage through an inspection machine. These procedures are quite routine and, contrary to popular belief, will not spoil photographic films. If you are in a wheelchair, they put pat you down rather than xray you.
Duty Free Shopping Duty-free shopping is available to passengers traveling internationally only. Most airports have extensive duty-free shopping facilities.
Boarding Calls Many airports do not make boarding calls over public address systems, so watch the departure boards or monitors to make sure you are at the departure lounge in time to board. Your flight will be indicated as departing from a 'Gate' number. Be aware of your flight number as well as the destination city.
On Board Settling In Once you are on board the aircraft, the cabin crew will direct you to your seat. You must obey the 'No Smoking' and 'Fasten Seat Belt' signs and you are advised to wear your seat belt loosely whenever you're not moving about the cabin. For the disabled traveler pre- boarding is recommended. It allows you more time to get settled
Take off/descent The only physical sensation you are likely to feel could be your ears popping' as the cabin pressure is adjusted to altitude during take off and decent. This is not harmful and leaves no after- effects, but if you your ears pop try chewing gum.
Preparation On international flights, arrival documents may be distributed by the cabin crew. These must be completed by all passengers departing and handed to passport control officials on arrival.
Transit At stops prior to your destination you are 'in transit'. If you visit the terminal you will be handed a transit card as you disembark. Always keep your travel documents (including your boarding pass) with you at transit stops.
Transfer This means that you are transferring to another flight to continue your journey. You may have been 'through-checked ' at your original point of departure. This means that you will already have your boarding pass for your new flight.
Leaving the Aircraft Make sure you have all your hand baggage ,and always check your seat and seat pockets for any personal items.
Baggage Collection The arrival halls of the airport will have carousels or conveyor belts which are designated with your flight number. Your bags will be available for collection here. Do not worry if you cannot pick up your bag immediately when you see it. The conveyor belt or carousel will continue to circulate it until you can pick it up. Make sure you collect the correct suitcase by checking the baggage receipt number attached to your ticket. Do not hesitate to ask ground staff if you require some help. Trolleys are available within the baggage collection areas of most airports.
Enjoy..organization is the key..but always enjoy yourself... and keep that smile on your face. Be prepared for flight delays, remember it's just part of flying. So kick back and enjoy
Quick Travel Tips
1. Have transportation to and from the airport . 2. Have your itinerary matches your boarding passes. 3. Always get a conformation number when a reservation is made. 4. When packing, roll your clothes in neat ball to save room and wrinkles. 5. If you’re traveling to a foreign country have your passport.. 6 .Have some currency exchanged prior to leaving for a foreign country. 7. Before purchasing a ticket, know the conditions for canceling or exchanging. Not all carriers have the same policy. 8. To save time, check your luggage with the attendants on the outside of the airport. 9. Confirm any special request, i.e. meals, etc.., with the attendant before boarding. 10. If you have any problems concerning your travel, consult your travel agent.