Traveling solo can be daunting for anyone. But for a woman, it can be quite empowering. Gone are the days that we need a man or partner by our side to take control. We are capable of doing anything we want when we want to do it. So traveling abroad on our own shouldn’t be a scary prospect. With careful planning, it will be just as stress-free as it would be traveling with someone else. So I thought I would share with you some tips and advice on how to prepare for a flight when traveling solo.
A smart woman prepares
The lead up to traveling can be just as exciting as the vacation itself. It is the anticipation of what’s to come, and a little bit of the unknown. But a smart woman is always prepared. By this, I mean travel documents and confirmation emails for accommodation and connecting flights. Any excursions that have been booked in advance. Anything to do with your holiday itself. It’s advisable to print everything off and keep it securely in a document wallet. It’s also recommended to have this on you at all times so pack it in your hand luggage. Just incase anything happens to your main luggage.
Being organized is key
I Don’t think you can ever be too organized. So don’t feel like you are going over the top when it comes to traveling on your next vacation. If you like to write lists for everything, then do that. If you are someone who likes to prepare well in advance, then go for it. Being organized is only going to reduce your stress and worry as each day draws closer to take off. That is only a good thing.
Packing is an artform
Packing is a real artform. Especially packing it all in the correct way. It can be hard not to go overboard with packing every possible thing you may need. But sometimes you have to be sensible in your choices. Pack what you need. The best way to do this again is down to planning. Plan each outfit and what you will require for each day. Right down to the shoes you will wear and underwear. Then, if you have space, that is when you can add some maybe items. We all like to have a choice if we can.
Make sure all documents are up to date
The last thing you want to do is turn up at the airport with an out of date passport or ID. So check this way in advance. This means you can make any necessary changes before your travel date. Also, be mindful that some countries have stipulations on how valid your passport needs to be. The best thing to do would be to check with your airline. The more in advance you check, the more time you have to make any renewals.
Be aware of airlines small print
Some airlines impose a luggage allowance. This is so they can monitor the weight of the plane. However, not being aware of this before your travel date could mean you incur hefty charges at the airport. My advice would be to check your airlines small print. You can buy devices these days that will weigh your luggage. Giving you plenty of time to get within the requirements. A great space and weight saving idea is to decant your toiletries into travel bottles. You won’t believe the difference it can make.
Make arrangements to get to the airport
This can sometime be an afterthought for many. But how do you plan to get to the airport? Will you drive yourself there or enlist the help of a friend? Or even a driver service. Of course, getting someone else to chauffeur you there means you have less to worry about. However, driving yourself there can give you some advantages when you return. Especially if your flight is in the night. Many airports offer services like airport parking. Making it a very smooth process to leave your car there ready for your return.
It’s time to think about the finances
One thing to think about would be how you plan to get your travel money. You could use an ATM at your destination or seek some out in advance. A good idea would be to check out some of the comparison websites online and see what deals are to be had.
Look and feel good when traveling
Finally, the last thing to think about would be your travel outfit. You must feel comfortable. But it’s always a confidence boost when you feel great too.
I hope this helps you prepare for your next flight…