Helpful Tips and Guidelines for Air Travel

By on December 8, 2014

When travelling within your country but more so overseas there are a few things that you should know before embarking on your journey. A few of these tips and guidelines are depicted and explained briefly below.

Helpful Tips and Guidelines for Air Travel

Ensure that you have all the necessary documentation.

When travelling it is important that you have all the required documentation. For in land or domestic travel you should have some useful means of identification for example your driver’s license. This is important as the airline ticket used must correspond with the name on your ID. When booking the ticket be certain that you use the exact name that is on the ID that you will use on the day of travel. For travel overseas you will need to have a passport for emigration purposes. There are some countries that will also require that you obtain a visa, which will allow entry into that specific country. To acquire this important piece of documentation you will need to apply for it in advance of actual travel. In addition it is wise to make copies of all your documentation ahead of travelling. You can leave actual photocopies at home and place one set in your luggage. Additionally or alternatively you may scan the documents to your at home computer or laptop and then save it in your email account where it can be accessed anywhere in the world via the internet.

Luggage restrictions and the importance of packing lightly

It is important for travellers to pack the minimum number of items needed. When travelling there is a weight and size restriction that is placed on each piece of luggage. Typically the weight restriction may limit you to no more than 50 lbs for each piece of luggage. The exact restrictions on dimensions and weight can be obtained from the airline that you will use. You will be charged for luggage that is too weighty. These restrictions will also apply to carry-on, more specifically to the dimensions of the carry-on luggage. Carry-on luggage with a peculiar shape that cannot fit comfortably in the overhead compartment or under your seat will have to be checked at the airline counter. It is also vital that you find out about the number of pieces that are complimentary if any. Some airlines will allow you two pieces and one carry-on in the standard ticket price while others will charge you per piece of luggage.

Air travel Tips

Find out about governmental restrictions

You will need to find out about the restrictions that are placed on items that can be brought with you when travelling. It is especially important that you find out about the items that can be taken aboard in your carry-on. If you take any item that is on the list of prohibited items during travel, the airport security retains the right to discard any of these items at will.

Be sure to check in on time

By checking in on time you will avoid long lines and any possibility of missing your flight. If you bought a ticket where no seat was assigned you will be able to obtain the most suitable seating arrangement by arriving at least 3 hours before departure. To reduce the time taken to check in at the airport you can check in online. However you will still need to visit the check in counter so that the necessary security and documentation checks can be made as well as to check in your luggage. However there will be a shorter more exclusive line for individuals who have checked in on line. Not all passengers may check in on line including children under 12 years of age, people travelling with small children, people needing special assistance and those travelling in groups of 10 or more.

Make sure your luggage is easily identifiable

You can ensure that your luggage is easily identifiable by placing the airport tags with your name and destination on many parts of your luggage but more so by using a string or piece of brightly coloured cloth. This will lessen the effort required to identify your luggage at the carousel once you have reached your destination.

Get travel insurance

While many people consider this an unnecessary expense it can come in handy in any instance where there is a cancellation of the flight due to inclement weather or any other unforeseen circumstance. In this event, without travel insurance you will have to purchase another ticket to get to your destination at a later date. The specific benefits of this type of insurance will depend on the airline that you are using.

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