3 Things To Think About Before Boarding Your First Airplane

Posted on: 31 January 2018

Flying for the first time can be exciting and stressful at the same time. There is fear of the unknown and anticipation of new experiences. Making sure you're properly prepared to travel will enhance your enjoyment and reduce your stress levels when it comes time to board that plane. Here are three things you should think about before getting on your first flight:


While entertainment isn't a necessity, it can be helpful when trying to pass the time at the airport before you take off and while you're on the plane traveling to your destination. You'll likely spend at least an hour waiting in the airport for your plane to start boarding, and watching the flight screens can only entertain you for so long. So bring along a variety of entertainment options with you when flying anywhere. Consider one or more of the following options:

  • Books and magazines

  • Mini puzzles

  • An MP3 player full of music and podcasts.

  • A handheld gaming system

You should also bring along a pair of headphones or earbuds in case you want to watch the movie that plays on the airplane. If you don't bring your own, you'll likely have to buy them from a flight attendant.


You can buy food and drinks in the airport and on the plane, but expect to pay top dollar for them compared to what you'd normally pay in the store. Preparing for your flight by packing a supply of food and drinks will save you money and help ensure that you stay fueled while traveling. Instead of grabbing a fast food meal in the airport, you can enjoy a freshly made sandwich and some fruit which will keep your system running smoothly and provide you with the nutrition you need to fight off colds and viruses that you may come into contact with when traveling.

Pack plenty of snacks too, because the free nuts you receive on the plane likely won't keep you satisfied until you land. Trail mixes, fruit snacks, veggies and dip, and even crackers are all good options that travel well. And you should pack lots of water as flying in an airplane tends to be dehydrating.


It's important to consider how you'll get to your destination from the airport after you land. A company like Summit Express can help you in this regard. There are sure to be lots of taxis outside waiting to transport travelers to hotels and vacation homes, but the lines of people waiting for those taxis can be overwhelming. Buses may run on a regular basis, but you'll need to learn the routes, travel times, and fees beforehand in order to successfully make it to your destination.

Reserving a spot on a shuttle is a great option because you will know exactly when and where to meet the shuttle after getting off the plane. There is no need to wait in line for the next available seat or worry about paying for your ride by the mile. You'll pay a flat fee for your ride, and you can expect to be dropped off at your exact destination once you're picked up from the airport. Even if you plan on renting a vehicle, shuttle transportation to the rental office makes good sense.


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