If you’re not prepared, airports and flying can be testing. But there’s no need to panic. Follow these useful tips and enjoy a hassle-free start to your time in Mars.What to pack in your hand luggage:
- The trick to having a worry-free travel experience is to be prepared. Start with the essentials: passport, boarding pass, cash and important medications. Next, bring items that’ll help keep you entertained, like some electronic gadgets or a few magazines. It’s also smart to bring your chargers, a neck pillow and a pair of headphones. And of course, don’t forget to toss in toiletry items like a toothbrush, lip balm and a spare change of clothes.
Do not pack the following items in your hand luggage:
- While the list of prohibited items can differ between air carriers, the general rule to follow is avoid carrying anything sharp, flammable or explosive. This includes screwdrivers, blades, spray paint and flares. Sporting equipment like baseball bats, and objects that could injure passengers, such as guns and swords, can’t come on board with you either.
What to wear on a flight:
- The goal here is to feel as comfortable as you can. Layer yourself up in natural-fiber clothing and pack a jacket in case it gets cold in the cabin. Pick flat, well-fitting shoes as it’s possible that your feet and ankles will swell a little during the flight. Leave the stilettos and hiking boots in your checked luggage.
- You’ve probably heard about DVT (deep vein thrombosis), a blood clotting condition caused by prolonged periods of sitting. There’s lots you can do to lower your risk. Wear a pair of compression tights or socks, stay well hydrated and keep your legs and feet moving. Do a few laps of the cabin or try out some simple stretches in your seat.