- Get A Neck Wallet. Every time I fly somewhere, I like keeping all my documents in one place. Not only do I have my passport, tickets, and some pocket money literally close to my heart, I’m also not worried about taking a nap at the airport. It also saves time trying to recall where I’ve put what if I was in the rush. It will be more secure if you wear the wallet underneath a jacket or a shirt. At the end of the day, documents are the most important out of all your carry-on luggage, so invest in a neck wallet with a good adjustable handle.
- Long Transfer? Take A Walk Around The Terminal. If you have to spend a few hours in a terminal, before settling on an uncomfortable bench, explore your surroundings. Find the nearest toilet, you gate, sockets to charge your phone and laptop, cafés and vending machines, anything that will make your time more enjoyable. Usually, the further away you’re from the entrance, the higher the chance to find comfy sofas to land.
- Bring A Water Bottle. It’s Murphy’s Law, but every time I DON’T bring a water bottle or a thermo cup along with me, I find free hot/cold water dispensers at the airport. So… you get the hint, be prepared. Alternatively, if you’re concerned about the weight of your carry-on luggage, you can bring a few plastic cups and dispose of them once used. You can also check online whether the airport you’re planning to go to offers free water dispensers.
- Have Your Five O’clock Tea Set Ready. Following point #3, having a few tea bags/coffee packets along with a snack or two in your travel bag is always handy and doesn’t take up much space and weight. Rather than paying three to five euros for the same Lipton tea bag and 200 ml of hot water, be cheeky and come prepared. Also, some coffee machines offer just hot water for one euro – still cheaper than a cup of tea.
- Air Conditioning Is Everywhere. It doesn’t matter whether it’s winter or summer – AC is always on in airports. Taking a jacket or a scarf with you will save you from shivering. Also, I like wearing shirts with sleeves on tops of a T-shirt and trousers/jeans/dresses that fully cover legs. Not only does it keep me warm, also, as a germophobe, I’m not sitting on sofas with my bare legs/arms. In the end, it is easier to take something off than to go and buy a piece of clothing at the airport.
- Check Whether You’re Being Fed On Board. If you managed to get a bargain on your plane tickets, chances are they won’t feed you on board. Check your meal plan on the website of your airline and plan accordingly. Bring a couple of sandwiches, some fruits or nuts – anything you’d enjoy, really. This will keep you going and save you from buying ramen noodles on board for five euros.
- Check The Maximum Weights For Your Carry-On Luggage And Suitcases. This one is obvious, yet it still sometimes takes us by surprise. For the majority of cases, the maximum limit for suitcases is 23 kg (+ a kilo if you’re lucky), and the weight of your carry-on luggage can be somewhere between eight and twelve kilos. Again, check the requirements specifically for your airline. Some will weight both your handbag and carry-on bag, other won’t even bother. If you don’t want to pay extra $60+ for a few extra kilos in your suitcase and carry-on, make sure to bring only the absolute necessities. For example, if you can print out documents at your destination, don’t bring the hard copy – papers add up really quickly.
There you go. I hope you’ll find the tips useful. If you have any other ideas on how to reduce the costs of travelling, let me know – and share them with others in a new list.