It’s time! You’re packed and ready step out of the house and head out to your dance competition. If you didn’t yet, be sure to check out our 10 Tips on Packing for your next event.
So, let’s make sure you keep these 10 TRAVELING tips in mind, that will save your bacon when going to the airport and up in the air.
1. Check In Online
With nowadays technology, almost every single Airline has an online check in option, as well as multi-platform mobile apps. Some of them even remind you that you can check in 24 hours before the boarding time. Needless to say, the apps are usually free to download.
2. Bring an empty bottle
No one ever got stopped with an empty water bottle (metal, glass or plastic). You can always ask to get filled up at the bar, most major airports have water fountains. Not to mention, it’s financially and environmentally friendly.
3. Spread the Cash
Are you keeping all your money in you wallet when you travel? So, what are you gonna do if (Oh God, Please NOOOO!) it gets stolen? It’s good to keep cash in different areas – the inside of your computer bag, your carry-on luggage. Some people get so creative, they roll their cash-stash into an empty lip balm container. Neat!
4. Wet Wipes
It’s good to have wet wipes with you not just to freshen up your own self, but to disinfect and freshen up the surrounding area of your seat, such as: arm rests, tables and a head rest (Thats is if the seat is leather, of course)
5. Grab a Jacket
Sometimes a blanket is just too big, and most airlines that fly local don’t even offer blankets on board. A light to medium jacket should serve you well as a back support (when rolled and placed behind your lower back, and as a blankie when you get cold.
6. Bring your favourite Fuzzy Sockies
Why sit in your tight shoes when you can sit just like at home – comfy and warm! Oh and, fuzzy warm sockies will definitely bring your mood up!
7. Don’t forget your Hat
As we have established, it can get cold on the plane. Bringing in your hat won’t just keep your head warm in cold conditions, but also will create a comforting barrier between your head and the publicly used head rest. Did we mention that your hat could also be used as an eye mask?
8. Travelling Pillow is your neck saviour!
Neck is probably the most fragile part of the body, especially when you decide to take a quick nap on the plane. Since we – the dancers, usually fly to a competition on the budget, and the economy seats are not the most comfortable, it is good idea to invest into a good traveling pillow. There are numerous brands of traveling pillows out there, but we would definitely recommend the ones that are firm, filled with memory foam, and can keep support your head when you snooze.
9. Come to the departures to grab a cab to your next destination
Sometimes, when a lot of flights come in at the same time, there are not enough taxi to take on the strong from of the arriving passengers. But, if you go to the departure area, you will probably get lucky with the incoming flow of departing passengers, and grab a cab from there … line-up free.
10. Use an ATM to get the best rate in currency you desire
Hopefully you have notified your credit card company that you will be traveling, because if you didn’t, after a single ATM withdrawal, you will probably have your credit card blocked. When the ATM asks which currency to charge you in – In the Eurozone – Euros. In Sweden, Swedish Krona. In Britain, Pounds. Always, always, always choose to be charged in the local currency of the country you’re in. Don’t let the machine do your currency conversion.
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