Hi everyone! Founder Jeff here, I am about to leave for a 3 week trip to Bangkok, Koh Samui and Hong Kong. A mix of holiday, and secret scouting mission to pick up the freshest brands from Asia for you all.
Before I leave for the trip, I thought I would share some very useful travel tips from Soy's very good friend Heidi (on instagram @heideexyz and heideexyz.com). Heidi is a flight attendant and here to give you her insights and tips for you next trip!
Here are some of my favourites:
HAVE ENOUGH REST/DON’T FLY HUNGOVER OR DRUNK
- More than half the time, people who are feeling ill or do not have enough rest (especially if boarding hungover) will only feel worse inflight. I can never stress to friends to get at least some rest before a flight, especially if it’s going to be long-haul. Some people vomit even if they have had plenty of rest, so why make yourself only feel more nauseous!
- If you do board a very early or late flight I’d advise trying to force yourself to rest and sleep during the flight so it doesn’t ruin the start to your holidays.
WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING, LEG SUPPORT AND NECK PILLOWS
- If you do plan to be stuck in one seat for 12-16 hours, make sure you wear comfortable looser clothing. I recommend ladies to take scarf for MANY different uses! For example you can use it as a blanket if you start feeling chilly or don’t get/don’t want to use the blankets inflight, you can also fold it up to use an extra pillow!
- If your legs do swell up and have had a history of DVT in the past, you can try using compression socks to promote blood circulation and decrease the chance of blood clotting and DVT (deep vein thrombosis). Scholl do a pretty good range of compression long socks to ‘thin’ calves and put pressure on the legs. There should also be a guide to in-seat exercises onboard the airplane.
- Investing in a good neck cushion could prevent you getting neck strain and improve on your sleep.
- If I am travelling light I bring a blow-up air cushion which I can fold up when not using, this can be bought in Daiso at HK airport T2 for 12HKD or pound shops in the UK.
RESERVE YOURSELF A GOOD SEAT, AS SOON AS ONLINE CHECK IN IS AVAILABLE
- Majority of airlines now have online check in to select seats usually 48 hours before a flight.
- If you prefer not being disturbed (DND) during a flight I’d advise sitting at a window seat, it can also be more comfortable having one extra side to lean on, and having a lovely view of the sky.
- If you like to stretch and walk around or visit the bathroom often, then an aisle seat is your best option.
- Sitting near the wings of the plane will have the least motion for those who get motion sickness easily.
- Passengers traveling with babies should check in ASAP to find seats together as bulkhead seats may require extra payment and after boarding may be hard for someone to swap with you.
- If you have had blood-clot or DVT in the past, try to request a bulkhead seat, or an emergency exit row seat for the extra leg space room.
IF YOU HOLD AN AMEX, YOU CAN USE LOUNGES AT AIRPORTS
- There are many cards that allow you to use the most widely accepted airport lounges Premium Plaza across airports worldwide – click on link to view if your airport provides a lounge by Premium Plaza. Here you have access to shower facilities, generally better seats to nap on/sleeping areas, food, computers etc. You can also pay for services if you do not hold the required cards.
- If you have an American Express, and have never used it for lounge pass, you may be missing out! -Depending on the credit card you hold, each different card has a different limit on how many times you can visit the lounges a year, this will come under your contract terms and conditions.
- For example the AMEX Gold card has access to 2 free lounge entries a year, the Cathay AMEX has unlimited amounts of free lounge entries a year.
For the full list of tips from Heidi, check out the full blog post here: