Do’s and Don’ts of Traveling

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I figured if you have ever traveled–whether abroad on a plane, or on a train, or I suppose in a bus or automobile, you may agree, or disagree, on some of these points on proper travel etiquette.* There are many more, but I thought I’d be nice and not bore everyone.¬†

  • Do bring hand sanitizer. Think of all the hands that have touched those security bins you are handling.
  • don’t bring Clorox wipes or wear a surgical mask (unless you yourself are traveling while ill). Yes, I may be a closet germaphobe, but wiping down plane seats with bleach wipes is a bit excessive.
  • Do bring chap stick and hand lotion. Stale cabin air, and all the hand sanitizer you use will dry the skin up.
  • You do not need to bring the whole Bath and Body Works store. One of each will suffice.
  • Do be kind and help¬†elderly and those traveling with little children. Some day you will be old, or perhaps will travel with small ones, and will appreciate someone helping you.
  • Do NOT let people cut in front of you in line–you know, the ones who were clearly behind you. Even I have limits on my generosity.
  • Do arrive with plenty of time to check in–even better, print boarding passes at home.
  • Don’t forget travel documents…Specifically your passport. Even if you arrive hours before departure, no passport will mess everything up.
  • Do use the terminal to walk-off pre-flight jitters and unwanted energy.
  • Do not Strava your walking segment. No one cares if you were Queen or King of the stairs leading from Gate E up to Gate F.
  • Do try on perfume at Duty Free. Nothing is worse than being stuck sitting next to someone for nine hours who has bad B.O.
  • Do not try every perfume in the store. The pilot needs to focus on flying the plane, not the nauseating concoction of perfumes you just HAD to try.
  • Do fill up on water–hydration helps with jet lag.
  • Do not party like it’s 1999 with the free alcoholic beverages aboard the transatlantic flight–a tipsy, vomiting passenger is frowned upon.

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  • Do purchase Gas-X and walk around regularly on the flight to help ward off unwanted bloating.
  • Do not chew twenty packs of gum, consume carbonated beverages, fruit, beans, etc…We all know what that leads to.
  • Do use your travel companion as someone to lean against when trying to sleep.
  • Do not use a stranger. New friends are usually not made after you drool on them.

Do you have any advice to give others on the Do’s and Don’ts of Traveling?

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