10 Things We Should Avoid Before a Flight

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Flying is always stressful, even for those who aren’t afraid of airplanes. And it’s not surprising since you have to plan everything in advance, pack your bags, arrive at the airport on time, and pass all of the necessary procedures that often make even the most experienced travelers feel dizzy.

Bright Side loves traveling, so today, we want to tell you about some of the mistakes that you might not even know you’re making at the airport.

10. Putting documents in a small bag

Some people put all of their necessary documents in a small bag so they can always have them by their side. But the more bags you have, the more difficult it is to keep an eye on everything. A tiny bag can be left in a taxi or in an airport cafe. It’s better to put your ID card or passport in the pocket of a larger bag and put small amounts of money in different places.

9. Forgetting to find out how to get to the airport in advance

If you want to go to the airport using public transport, don’t forget to find the schedule for that. Some night routes are often cancelled or don’t exist at all, so you may have to find another option to get to the airport in the evening. On the other hand, in some cities, there are aero-express trains that run 24 hours. So if you have heavy luggage and you live near a station, you can avoid spending money on a taxi.

8. Failing to manage your time wisely

It’s recommended to arrive at the airport 2 to 3 hours before departure. But sometimes that’s way too much, and you end up spending a lot of time waiting. On the other hand, those who don’t like to arrive in advance risk being late and possibly missing their flight.

If you often experience time management problems, try using flight apps. They can inform us when the boarding is open. And if you arrive at least 1.5 hours earlier, you won’t be late, especially if you do check-in in advance.

7. Not checking-in online

Many airlines provide an opportunity to check-in online because it’s economically beneficial (they don’t have to hire more employees.) In addition, some airlines, especially low-cost ones, even “punish” those who don’t register online. For example, Wizz Air charges a €30 fee before checking you in at the airport.

6. Spending the night at the airport

This is the worst idea you can have as a tourist. Most airports aren’t supplied with “overnight” seats, they only have uncomfortable chairs. You won’t really have a chance to relax and get some rest, and the next day will be just awful. You’ll simply fall asleep instead of enjoying your vacation.

If you don’t want to sleep on your bags, you can do some research on the prices at first class departure lounges. As a rule, the prices aren’t that high and you’ll have a chance to spend time in a more comfortable space.

5. Paying for overweight luggage

It’s better to know your luggage’s weight before you arrive at the airport, otherwise you might find yourself in a situation where you have to decide: do you pay for your heavy bags or re-pack your belongings at the very last minute?

If you don’t have an opportunity to weigh your suitcases, you have to do it at the airport. Airports are always supplied with scales and sometimes passengers are charged for this service, though they can also go up to a check-in counter and weigh their own belongings there for free.

4. Wrapping your suitcases

After wrapping their luggage, some travelers realize they’ve forgotten something inside so they have to cut the packaging. If you want your belongings to be safe, it’s better to buy a bag with a lock.

Those who worry that their suitcases will get dirty usually buy reusable covers, but it’s said that they usually tear easily. Apparently, bags that can be washed are the best option.

3. Forgetting about the rule regarding liquids in your hand luggage

Most people know that our containers cannot hold more than 3 fl oz (100ml.) But this rule still causes issues. Some of us forget to put our shampoo in our checked luggage and leave it in our hand luggage, others misunderstand the rule and think that they’re allowed to transport a tiny bit of liquid in a big container. All in all, the rest of the people in line have to wait on this one passenger until they figure everything out.

Containers cannot be bigger than 3 fl oz, and in total, all containers together cannot be more than 33 fl oz (1 liter). Also, they all need to be packed in a transparent bag. Additionally, some airports have even stricter rules. For example, in Warsaw, you have to put your makeup products (creams, eyeliners, mascara, etc.) in transparent bags.

2. Trying unusual dishes before a flight

When you’re abroad, you always want to taste the local cuisine. But it’s not recommended to eat a lot of exotic food before a flight since you don’t know how your stomach will react to these unusual dishes. Indigestion and other stomach issues can spoil your journey or even affect your health if the sickness is caused by dangerous pathogens.

1. Panicking

Even if something goes wrong and your flight is delayed or cancelled, if you get lost, or if you lose your documents, panic will definitely worsen the situation. In these instances, you need to take a deep breath and turn to airport officers for help. They’ll give you all the necessary instructions for what you need to do.

We hope this information will help you avoid unpleasant situations at the airport. Would you like to add any more tips to this list?

Please note: This article was updated in August 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
Illustrated by Yekaterina Ragozina for Bright Side


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I try to eat as less as possible before the flight, and self-prepared food. Once I got food poisoned before and my flight wasn't so pleasant, so I'm really careful now


I always check the wight of my luggage, because once I had to pay extra for it :D


I don't understand why people would wrap their bags. So these don't get dirty, really?

So much unnecessary plastic is just waster because of that


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