Flying Tips from Our Travel Desk
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
- Remember to pack your passport, any other documentation needed to meet entry requirements at your destination, all valuables, your Nat Hab Pre-Departure Briefing, an extra change of clothes, and all prescription medication in your carry-on.
- Check with the Transportation Security Administration to determine which items are suitable for carry-on baggage, and which items should be packed in your checked luggage. Restrictions can change frequently, so it is best to check the TSA website before every trip.
- Pack earplugs and an eye mask. These two small and simple items can make a big difference in helping you get to sleep by blocking out unwanted noise and light—and doing this will help ease the symptoms of jet lag, too.
- Make sure you know your airline’s luggage weight restrictions.
- Download your airline's app to your phone. It will provide you with up-to-the minute details regarding your flight's timing and any gate changes. No smartphone? No problem—sign up for airline text alerts instead. Having this information at your fingertips will ease your transition in airports between flights.
- Know your 3-letter airport codes. Making sure your luggage gets tagged correctly to the right city at check-in can make a difference in getting it successfully to your destination. Check to see whether the 3-letter code on your bag tags matches your intended arrival airport.
- Dress in layers and wear loose clothing. This way, you'll be ready for any temperature changes once on board, which are bound to occur, and you'll stay more comfortable during a long flight.
- Please arrive 3 hours prior to your departure time to check in for all international travel and 2 hours prior for domestic travel.
- Reconfirm frequent flyer details directly with the airline at time of check-in.
- Adjust to your destination’s time zone. When you board your flight, get a jump-start on adjusting your body clock by setting your watch to the local time at your point of arrival, and by eating and sleeping according to the current time at your destination.
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Dehydration can worsen jet lag and may cause headaches. Use Nat Hab’s refillable water bottle for easy access to water at all times during your flight. If you do run out of water, don’t hesitate to ask the cabin crew for more.
- Move about the aircraft. Get out of your seat once every hour or so and walk the aisle to stretch your legs, work out kinks and keep your circulation moving. Do be sure the seatbelt sign isn’t illuminated before strolling the cabin, however.
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