When traveling by air, whether it’s other people’s angry children or an over-served fellow passenger, it’s best to be prepared for any eventuality.
Q: What’s the best way to handle children who won’t stop kicking the seat?
A: Before flying make sure to cash a twenty-dollar bill for twenty singles because children are amenable to bribery. Start the bidding off at one dollar and work up as needed.
Q: What’s the best way to remember where my car is parked?
A: That’s an excellent question because it’s rare for a passenger to remember where he or she has parked after a long flight. (And the numbers fall exponentially if there are tired children or an international flight involved.) Try writing your parking information down at least twice and store it in your wallet and carry on.
Q: What’s the best way to deal with an inebriated seatmate who you don’t know?
A: There isn’t a polite way to tell someone that they’ve had enough to drink. However, an informational approach might be the best one. “Did you know that for every drink a person consumes, they should have two glasses of water?” The math alone should keep them silent for a few minutes.
Q: What if the airline food is bland?
A: Pack a small bottle of hot sauce. Hot sauce can cure all but the very worst airline food.
Q: What’s the best way to deal with lost luggage?
A: If traveling with a companion, cross pack clothing and other essentials so that if the airline does make a mistake, you can still have part of your wardrobe. Traveling solo it’s a little more difficult to be proactive. But, keeping a change of clothing in your carry on will help to minimize the frustration in case something does go wrong.
Interviewing Experts hopes that these travel tips will help your trip go a bit smoother next time. Bon voyage!