Long flights are – well – long and tend to be uncomfortable – if you’re not prepared. So, Magic Transfers thought whilst you are here looking at booking your airport shuttle, why not take advantage of this opportunity to give you some top tips on keeping warm and comfortable on your way to South Africa?
Not all of us are fortunate enough to afford the luxuries of business class and first-class air travel. So, when booking your seat on the flight to South Africa, look for the option to book your seat in the emergency exit rows.
Why you may ask? These rows have more legroom than the other rows on the plane and more legroom means more comfort on your flight! Some airlines may make you pay a small premium in order to book these seats up front, and all we can say is just do it! You will thank us later.
There are many scientific reasons as to why aeroplane cabins are kept so cold, reasons we feel we should not bore you with details in this article. What we can do is prepare you- especially if you are a first-time flyer- that aeroplane cabin temperatures are kept a little above freezing. Think we are exaggerating? Well, maybe a little, but there is some truth behind the exaggeration.
Wearing your jacket, coat or parka at the airport will significantly increase the space in your luggage. Thus a common travel tip indicates that you should wear as much of your heavy or warm clothing when flying in order to open up space in your suitcase. So, not only will you be warm and comfortable on the plane but you’ll be able to pack a few extra items of clothing.
Wearing scarfs and shawls have double up functions as they can also be used as a pillow or a makeshift knee blanket. You can also if you’re not too shy of looking silly, cover a part of your head or face to tune out the world while taking a nap.
Even if you’re travelling from a cold location to a hot one, we would advise you wear shoes that require a sock. Opt for comfortable sneakers or boots to keep your feet warm. You can always strip a few layers and carry a pair of sandals in your carryon when arriving at a hotter location.
You’ll be able to make falling asleep during a long flight a bit easier with a neck pillow and travel blanket. Travel blankets are probably one of the most useful travel inventions, after the neck pillow of course. Recline your seat and cuddle beneath your blanket for the ultimate comfort.
There’s nothing like cuddling beneath a blanket and enjoy a good movie or book. Entertainment can take your mind off of long flights and make travel less tedious. Listen to your favourite music with your eyes closed or finish that book you’ve been trying to read a while back. Take advantage of the spare, alone time and let your imagination run wild with all the adventures yet to come when you touch down in South Africa.
Drink something warm
Indulge in a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea to warm you up during your flight. Most airlines should offer a variant of the three onboard. This is probably one of the simplest tips but we simply cannot deny or overlook the pleasure of a warm cup of coffee on a cool day or night. Nothing warms you from the inside quite like it.
Once you get to the airport after a long flight and have made it through customs and baggage, the last thing you feel like doing is queuing again and navigating around the airport to try to find your car. So as an alternative, why not look at an airport shuttle service? Magic Transfers offers a complimentary meet and greet with our airport shuttle service! So, from the moment you step into arrivals you can be rest assured your driver will be there waiting for you to escort you to your exclusive and professional airport shuttle service.
Now you’re ready to hit your flight feeling comfortable and toasty warm. Do you have any interesting tips to share with us?