Summer is travel season for many people; for current IEC@DVC students, it means traveling to their home country to see their families or traveling to somewhere new for vacation. For future students, it means traveling to Northern California to begin their studies at IEC@DVC. Each of these is an exciting adventure . . . and each requires some plane travel. Make your trip easy with these travel tips and hacks.*
*hack: a trick to make something easier.
Travel Tips and Hacks
Tip #1: Download the airline app
These days, most people do not have printers at home (and many people want to avoid using paper when it is not necessary). Download the app for the airline you are using: you will be able to use this app to check in and you will receive updates through this app if your flight is delayed.
Tip #2: Bring an empty water bottle
Avoid spending your money on water at the airport: instead, bring an empty water bottle that you can fill at the water fountain. Just be sure that it is empty when you go through security.
Tip #3: Order food before the flight
If food is not offered during your flight, food will probably be available for purchase. However, if you are sitting in the back of the plane, by the time the flight attendants come to your row, there might not be many food options. See if you can order food online before your flight so you do not have to worry about this.
Tip #4: Sit in the back
Make friends with the flight attendant and you might get some free stuff! Flight attendants do not usually offer “extras” to people who sit in the front: if they do, then everyone on the plane will see and ask for the same thing! Instead, sit in the back: you are closer to the restrooms and to the flight attendants.
Tip #5: Check your bag as “fragile”
If you check your bag as “fragile,” the workers will probably put your bag on top. This means that your bag will be one of the first that is unloaded, which means it will be one of the first that is put on the conveyor belt. (Hopefully it also means that they will take extra care with your bag!)
Tip #6: Research local car services
Know what your options are for transportation: they are different in every country and can also vary by city. Sometimes, the traditional taxi cab is the best choice for transportation; other times, the city’s metro is more efficient. (Sometimes, services like Uber are the best bet!) Know what form of transportation you will take and research it before. If there are maps or apps you can download, do this before you leave.
Tip #7: Take photos of all of your documents
If you lose your wallet, you will still have a copy of all of your documents. Be sure to take a photo of the front and the back of credit cards: the back will have the numbers you need to call if you lose your card.
Some of these tips were from this video: watch the video in full for more travel tips and hacks!