This week I come to you with My First Flying Experience so of course, I have My First Flying Experience Tips. I am 28 years old and I have never been on a plane and honestly, I haven’t done a lot of things. Crazy right? I don’t have the pleasure of traveling and honestly, this trip wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t for AnnMarie John.
This week was actually filled with a ton of new adventures for me. I have flown on an Airplane, I have visited Disney World, and I went on a Disney Cruise.
Let me tell you about my first flying experience. I have never been on an airplane and being totally honest, I was a bit scared. I have a fear of heights and well, this takes the cake for height! While going through security and waiting to board my heart was racing. It got even worse while sitting on the plane waiting for takeoff. I knew I would be scared and nervous, but sheesh, my heart was running a marathon while I was sitting. However, while taking off, AnnMarie had distracted me by sharing her wonderful photos of Europe. I don’t think this was on purpose but it sure was helpful.
Once we took off my heart stopped racing and I totally built myself up to make it much worse than it was. It really was not as bad as I thought it would be.
I thought it would be loud and bumpy and well down right crazy. But the take off wasn’t that bad and it wasn’t nearly as bumpy as I thought. I have always let my fears control what I do and I am so glad I was able to break out of that cage this week. There is an entire world out there and I would love to see it. Now, maybe I can.
I thought landing would be worse than the take-off and I was wrong. It wasn’t that bad and the only part that was bumpy was when the wheels hit the ground. After that, it was smooth sailing and we were good to go!
With this being my first time flying I would like to give you some tips on what I found helpful.
My First Flying Experience Tips
Research – Research what you are able to bring on the plane. There are restrictions and you don’t want to end up in a situation where you have to either hunt your luggage down or throw something away. I made the mistake of not doing my research and had a large bottle of lotion in my purse. I was unaware that I couldn’t have this size of a lotion in my carry-on. The women at COS were kind enough to hunt my luggage down and put my lotion in my bag. However, I’d rather not have gone through that hassle so research is important.
Packing – Packing days in advanced won’t kill you. I know some of us may think, “Oh, I’m still gonna need this and this, and maybe this”, but here is the thing, the sooner you pack the less likely you are to forget things. Make a list of what you need to pack (better yet, download this awesome printable) and start building from there. Leave the list in the suitcase and as you get closer to your trip, you can start to add more items.
Security – Security lines can be long depending on the size of the airport and the season. You want to be ready to make this easy and get out of those lines as fast as possible. Researching what you can and can not bring on the plane is helpful for this reason. If you have unauthorized items it will take you longer to get to your gate and slow down the lines. There are also programs out there such as TSA Pre. Programs like this allow you to bypass the lines and get cleared sooner and are great for frequent flyers.
Eat – Before boarding your plane I would suggest eating. Every airline is different but I can tell you that the prices were ridiculous. Having something to eat before you board the plane will make sure you aren’t going to starve while flying. You can also pack some of your favorite snacks instead of paying for overpriced goodies.
Bathroom – Use the potty. Our parents always tell us to use the bathroom before doing anything and as adults, this is something that should still be done. Unless you’re flying First Class, getting through these tight quarters is a bit tough.
Gum – Because of the altitude change your ears will pop and can become painful and annoying. As a first time flyer, I wouldn’t have thought of this, but AnnMarie had suggested chewing gum to help with the popping. The swallowing from chewing or even drinking something helps with taking off and landing. No one wants clogged ears.
Entertainment – Depending on the length of your flight you may get bored easily. I know I was. After about 30 minutes of playing the one game I had on my phone, boredom kicked in. Make sure you bring a book, computer, and load your phone or tablet up with some games.
Photos – Photograph your adventure. I don’t know when I will get to fly again so I took a bunch of photos and even some Snapchat videos. I don’t have the pleasure of traveling much so these are memories I want to have for the photo books.
Being that I am a first-time flyer, I still have a lot to learn. These are just some of my tips for flying and I hope they are helpful to you.
Overall I enjoyed my flight. It was an experience that I will never forget. Don’t let your fears hold you back. It is something I am good at and I am telling you, don’t do it. Living with your fears in control will ruin you and the possibilities. I am so thankful that I am able to put my fear aside for this experience.
Have you flown before? And if so, what are some of your tips? I would love to hear them!