When packing for your upcoming trip, you carefully decide which items you need and which can remain at home. Experienced travelers, and those with only carry-on baggage, consider the limitations presented by security screening. Some airline passengers feel that by the time they reach the airport, all matters of belongings are settled. However, the GlobalEntryServices.org team recommends you purchase the following three items at the airport to make your flight more enjoyable.
While drinking adequate water is beneficial day-to-day, it is especially helpful when traveling to combat dehydration. Dehydration while traveling can exasperate jetlag symptoms, trigger sickness and lead to subsequent medical emergencies like a heart attack. Airline passengers are more likely to experience dehydration due to the airplane’s cabin air, as the humidity during flight is ultra low. Cabin air has a humidity of 10 to 20 percent compared to typical indoor humidity of 30 to 65 percent. This ultra low humidity also increases passengers’ chances of catching a respiratory virus. The team at GlobalEntryServices.org recommends drinking eight ounces of water for each hour of flight.
If you are thinking, “I’ll just order water with the flight attendant,” you might end up paying more. Many economy flights only offer water and other beverages at a nominal fee, usually between $2 and $6 for a small bottle. Purchasing a bottle after the security screening area from an airport kiosk allows travelers to get more ounces for their dollars. Even on a full-service flight, cabin crew may only provide a small glass at a time, making passengers ask for refills multiple times. To maintain sufficient hydration, bringing a sizable bottle of water onto the flight is far less of a hassle.
Like water on economy flights, peanuts and pretzels may come at a cost. There is also a limited selection of on-board grub and passengers with special dietary restrictions may be unable to appease their hunger. Most airlines chose edibles that have a sustainable shelf life such as chips, crackers and cookies, which do not offer much nutrition. On long flights, these complimentary or low cost snacks may leave passengers with rumbling tummies. Some airlines offer larger snack options like a protein bar, name brand chips or cheese for a higher charge, often more than $7. However, it is important to note that these inflated snacks and meals may only be available on select flights.
The team at GlobalEntryServices.org suggests picking up munchies from the convenience stores and carts within the terminal. Passengers can grab protein bars at a more affordable rate, candy bars not available during flight or even full meals from eateries. Passengers can look up assessable vendors near the gate prior to arriving at the airport by viewing the terminal map, typically available online from the airport website. Before ordering a to-go box to enjoy on your flight, consider the carry-on and personal item limitations, as the cabin crew may require you to store the meal under the seat in front of you during takeoff.
3.Entertainment & Goods
You are sitting at your gate running through a mental checklist of items you have packed when you remember that you forgot onboard entertainment for your impending long flight. The majority of airports provide travelers with souvenir shops and newsstands that sell books, games and magazines. Select airports may also have full book, electronic, liquor and name brand stores for a wide selection of entertainment options. The team at GlobalEntryServices.org advises international travelers to take advantage of duty (tax) free products available in international terminals.