Your tickets are in hand, your bags are packed, and you’re ready to head off on your trip — now’s the perfect time to brush up on your travel etiquette. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or this is your first flight, follow these simple travel do’s and don’ts and you’ll be ready for the trip of a lifetime!
What are 5 things people SHOULD DO when travelling?
- Be patient, kind & courteous. Delays happen, and while they can be frustrating it’s never worth directing your stress toward those around you. It’s not the gate agent’s fault that you’re not boarding on time, so be kind.
- Carry a book, crossword puzzle, tablet, or other activity. As we said above, delays can and do happen. It’s best to be prepared to entertain yourself!
- Bring snacks. Airline food is notoriously bad and it can be difficult to find something to eat when you’re on the move. Carry your own nuts, dried fruit etc.
- Have all necessary documents in your hand when you get to the check-in/gate area. We’ve all been in a line behind someone counting out change onto a counter, or fishing through their bag for a card or important document. Don’t be that person!
- Stay hydrated. When moving through security in the airport you’re likely going to have to empty any water bottles you have with you. Once through security, don’t forget to buy some water or fill up your bottle.
What are 5 things people SHOULD NOT DO when travelling?
- Show up late. Being late to your check-in and security gate may seem like no big deal, but airports are very busy, and you often need more lead time than you think to get to your flight on time.
- Hog the armrests. The middle seat gets the armrests. They drew the short straw — They don’t get the window view, and they don’t get easy aisle access — it’s the least you can do.
- Be mindful of the seat you’re booking. Don’t book a window seat if you are someone that needs to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes. Aisles are for you.
- Don’t take your shoes off to air your feet out on the plane. No explanation needed!
- Don’t bring foods like curry, seafood etc. on the plane. I love curry as much as the next person, but smells linger (especially on a plane), so stick to more neutral smelling foods.
If you’ve made it through our list, congratulations — you’re well equipped for your next trip!
Did we miss something from your personal top-5 do’s and don’ts for travelling list? We’d love to hear all about it! Get in touch with us today and share all your favourite travel secrets, and we may share your tips in a future post.