So you have mentally prepared for your move. You have planned and organized the move smartly and effectively. You have researched and employed the services of a reputable moving company. You have endured the hectic moving day. You have decided to take a plane to your new home.
And now that your belongings are being transported to the final destination, it is time for you to head to the airport. But before you do, make sure that you familiarize yourself with these 8 packing and in-flight tips for those flying during a move so that you have a good and relaxing flight after experiencing relocation-related stress.
Keep your carry-on luggage light and compact
If the added height, length and width of your carry-on bag and if the total is less than sixty-two inches, it should be fine. These days, most airlines charge passengers for checked baggage regardless of how much it weighs. This is why some people try desperately to cram too much of their personal items into the carry-on and purse, or small backpack. As a result, carry-on luggage becomes excessively heavy, sometimes even heavier than the individuals who try to carry them.
Flight attendants have been informed to prevent too many things from being put into the cabin and will most likely make you check your luggage even as you are boarding the plane.
A small carry-on suitcase that is light enough for you to store in the overhead compartment is allowed, as is one additional bag mostly a laptop bag, purse, or similar which should be able to fit under the seat in front of you, leaving plenty of room for the comfort of your feet.
Watch your valuables
You should keep your valuables with you during the whole flight. Make sure that all of your important documents, like passports, driver license, birth certificates, etc., are protected, packed carefully and placed in your carry-on bag. You should also keep all of your debit or credit cards, money, jewelry, expensive electronics, and other valuable objects with you at all times. On the other hand, if there isn’t any room for any of these valuables in your carry-on luggage, it is a good idea to ship it directly to your new home via a dedicated courier service.
All airlines have something called the Liquids Rule which is also known as the 3 1 1 for carry-on luggage. Remember that full-size containers of toiletries are only allowed in your checked baggage. Therefore, your carry-on luggage should contain personal care products that are no more than three ounces in volume in clear bottles and kept inside one quart-sized Ziploc bag. Larger quantities of liquids such as medication and baby food are allowed in reasonable quantities that exceed three ounces, but you will have to declare them for inspection at the airport checkpoint.
Electronics, extra clothes and others
To speed up your security stop, you should keep all of your personal electronics somewhere that is easily accessible and ready for inspection. The last thing you would want to do is to slow down the whole process by digging through your bag to find your cell phone, laptop or MP3 player.
Additionally, do not forget to pack your sleeping kit in case you feel like taking a quick nap while you are crossing a few time zones. The basic parts of such kit include a U-shaped travel pillow and an eye mask. You might want to add a pair of earplugs or noise-canceling headphones that negate outside noise which some people need to use to get some sleep.
Furthermore, you will have to pack your carry-on luggage with at least a day’s worth of clothes. Luggage might go missing, and if it happens to you, you will at least have some clean clothes and essentials until your luggage is found and returned.
Follow all the latest airport regulations
These days, airline regulations change all the time, one day a particular item is fine, the next day, it is confiscated for breaking a new rule. Visit the Transportation Security Administration website to find out more about the newest rules, including detailed information concerning acceptable IDs, traveling while disabled and with medical conditions, traveling with special items, prohibited things, etc. Additionally, you should go to the airline’s website to check if they have any specific rules that you will have to take into account as well.
What to do on the plane
Once you make it inside the plane, there are some essential things that you have to know so that you have an overall in-flight experience and comfortably spend the hours in the air.
One of the most important things that most passengers forget about is to remain hydrated. The air in the plane is not humidified which might quickly lead to the passengers feeling parched, experiencing chapped lips, dry nasal passages, and dry papery skin. All of these unpleasant and irritating symptoms can be easily avoided by drinking a lot of water. Start the hydration process even before you board the plane and continue to drink water throughout the whole flight, approximately eight ounces every hour. You should be aware that substituting water with coffee, alcohol or soda will do the opposite of keeping you hydrated and instead leave you even more dehydrated.
You are advised to take eye drops, saline nasal gel, and lip balm to help fight eventual signs of dehydration. Just in case, you should pack some painkillers as well.
The airplane bathroom should have a lot of water and soap, so please make sure that you use them a lot. There are a lot of surfaces in airplanes that everyone touches, such as armrests, overhead bin handles, magazines, etc. That is why it is a good idea to have some kind of hand sanitizer with you. For example, disinfecting wipes are really useful if you want to keep your hands clean each time you plan to have a snack. A few basic preventative measures will not hurt and will significantly lower the chance of germs getting into your body.
Spending your time
Regardless of how long your flight will take, you are going to want to be entertained. One of your best options is to bring a book, either one of your all-time favorites or a brand new one which you have bought especially for the plane. Watching a movie on one of your gadgets is another fun way to spend the time until you reach your destination. Needless to say, starting an interesting conversation with the person next to you is by far the best method of staving off boredom. You never know what Faith has in store for you, that person could end up being your next good friend, or more.
You have to remember to switch off any and all electronic devices that you have with you before take-off and wait patiently for the captain’s announcement that it is safe to power them back on. It usually takes a few minutes once the plane is in the air until you hear the message.
Flying is rarely easy, and its comfort levels are directly dependent on a few outside factors that could ruin your air travel, such as bad weather, heightened airport security procedures, a disastrous experience, unfortunate circumstances inside the cabin, etc. However, follow these 8 packing and in-flight tips for those flying during a move mentioned above and you will have a good chance of reaching your destination well rested and with a smile on your face. If you are indeed looking for help with your move, then look no further than My International Movers, which is one of the best moving companies in the nation that can help you to move to and from anywhere in the world.