It is undeniable that Malaysians love to travel, and we are also pretty sure that there are quite a number of Malaysians who are frequent travellers as well. It is too cliche if we were to share with you tips such as “pack wet wipes” or “visit the loo before going on board”, therefore we have decided to put together a list of travel tips to remind travellers- knowing how some of us Malaysians can easily overlooked it.
1. Turn Off That Phone!
Just like watching the movies in the cinema, the first thing we need to do when we board the plane, is to switch off our phones. Yet, there are travellers who still do not take this seriously even though the flight attendants have asked to switch it off. Once, I came across another passenger who was still talking on the phone during take off. When the flight attendant requested for the passenger to off her device, she pretended to put it away and waited for the flight attendant to walk away to continue talking. It is important for us to turn off our mobile phones prior to take off because it can be a potential threat to interference in the onboard electronic systems. We may not understand the technical details of how it works, but we certainly don’t want to risk our safety when we are flying on air.
2. Pay Attention To The Flight Safety Demonstration At All Times
It doesn’t matter if it isn’t your first, second or third time flying, but it doesn’t hurt to pay attention to the flight safety demonstration at all times. It can be quite annoying when you are trying to pay attention to the safety demonstration and the person next to you or behind you is busy talking. Unless of course, you are the chatterbox yourself! Haha!
3. The Go-Bag in Your Carry-On
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The Go-Bag in your carry-on consist of your necessities, otherwise known as the travel-size of your toiletries or essentials. It is only meant for stand by in case you lose your luggage or who knows, a bathroom emergency; at least you still have a couple of important toiletries with you. Be mindful to carry things like an extra toothbrush and a small bottle of body soap from your previous hotel visits, hand towel, or even a small bottle of saline lotion for those who wear contact lenses. You might want to consider packing a set of clothing in your Go-Bag just in case. Don’t forget a pair of undies too!
4. Don’t Push, Stay in Line
The moment the plane lands, I am sure everyone is eager to exit the plane as fast as they can. While it might take a little longer to get off the plane, we need to remember to stay in line and don’t push one another. Bear in mind that there are some of the passengers who might be facing a little difficulty in removing their bags from the overhead storage compartment. Instead of crowding them, give some room to the other passengers and wait for your turn. This applies to the baggage claim area as well! When collecting your luggage, travellers are suppose to stand behind the yellow line and wait for their bags patiently. We might not notice this, but we tend to crowd too close to it and block the way.
5. Pre-Book Your Food
Getting a pre-booked meal is called advanced planning! Trust me, you won’t regret this one for sure, because while the other passengers have to wait to be served, you get your meal before everyone else. Plus, your meals will be fresher anyways! When ordering your food, you might want to stay away from spicy food or dairy if you are lactose intolerant. Otherwise you will be visiting the ONLY toilet in the plane, and it will make you a very “popular” passenger throughout the journey. Haha!
6. Don’t Overpack and Pack Smartly in One Luggage
Packing used to be my biggest dilemma whenever I travel. I would pack and unpack again because I won’t know what to pack or my things won’t fit in my bag. Perhaps it is a common thing among women, and I still see travellers carrying few bags with them at the airport. There are a few packing tricks that I have learned and it has made things a lot easier: Always roll up your clothing and pack a one-colour scheme clothing (preferably a dark one) so that all your clothes will match and you don’t have to worry if your clothes don’t match! Plus, you don’t have to spend money buying new clothes. Finally, if you are carrying anything heavy, always place the heaviest items at the bottom of your luggage.
7. Prepare a Pocket Essential or Back Up Documents
Some travellers make sure that they back up their important documents in their phones, such as a scanned copy of their passport. Others, would keep a print out version instead in their carry-ons. For travellers who are worried about their wallets or carry-ons being stolen, you can opt to prepare a pocket essential which consist of a couple of hundred bucks, a photocopy of your passport and I/C, including a paper of emergency contact numbers or street addresses of places that you can go to in case something goes wrong. Of course, we try not to think of the worst and even though we may take it lightly because it has never happened to us before, it is always good to be safe than sorry.
8. Consider a Travel Blanket
Another essential that you can consider is to bring along a 2-in-1 travel blanket-pillow in your carry-on. That way, when it gets cold in the plane or if you want to take a nap when your flight is delayed, you can keep yourself warm. Some seats in the plane may not be as comfortable as the first class seats, so turn that travel blanket into a pillow for neck support.
Travel tips are the heart of every traveller. Whether you are an expert traveller, or aspiring to be one, these travel tips will always come in handy. It may seem common, but you will be surprised at how it can benefit everyone as a reminder, even for hardcore travellers. Who knows! You might even have your own travel hacks and tricks to add on to this list. Travelling with a child for the first time? Check out these ten essentials when travelling with kids!