nonso/ August 21, 2019/ Traveling/ 18 comments

From ordering off the snack & beverage cart on an international flight (thinking it’s free) to not booking online in time, there are so many mistakes we make when traveling. So, correct me if I’m wrong, but after reading the title of this post, I’m sure a few of the mistakes you’ve made probably crossed your mind, and sadly, we repeat some of these mistakes whenever we have to go on a flying trip. We just hope it won’t place us in serious jam one day (that’s if it hasn’t already). 🙂

Alright, let’s dive right in…

No 1. Not setting out on time. I think this has got to be one of the biggest and most common mistakes everyone makes or has made at some point. We get so relaxed or are confident we would get to the airport in time, forgetting that anything can happen (sudden accidents or roadblocks), and then we end up rushing to the gate to catch our flights. Sigh…

No 2. Forgetting to take out your over 100ml treasured perfume, spray or cream from your hand luggage. Oh yeah, this mistake really hurts. Especially when you see it being dropped inside that bin!😥 You start to beat yourself over having made such a mistake and wonder why you didn’t remember to take it out of your hand luggage beforehand. A silent prayer for all our over 100ml lost treasures.

No 3. Not considering the time to be spent on the queues for immigration checks. This is usually a sequel to not leaving your home or lodging in time. Those snake-like queues can cause a heart attack when embarking on an international trip and you know how much you stand to lose if you miss your flight. For the record, this almost happened to me on my way back from Paris! Let’s just say, I am happy for little miracles. 🙂

No 4. Oversized hand luggage that doesn’t fit in the measuring bin. I get so frustrated when some airlines refuse to accept my hand luggage and I’m sure you do as well if this has ever happened to you. What I do to resolve it is just push it in as best as I can and flash the widest smile I can produce. Because there’s no how I will be paying for any extra luggage! Check out GATE8’s compilation of airline luggage sizes, which can be of help to you someday.

No 5. Not checking the duration of the layover for connecting flight vs cheap booking. Of course, we all opt for cheaper flights when traveling. But in the process of selecting, we sometimes forget to check the duration of the layover. It’s quite important to ensure the duration is sufficient enough to allow for flight delays. Else, you end up camping at the airport or if you are lucky, you get lodged by your airline.

No 6. Taking cabs when a bus or train can do the trick. Yeah, I know not all countries have good transport systems (Naija, catch your sub), but you can save yourself some bucks by taking a train or a bus from the airport if your visiting country has such. I’ve done it severally on trips taken, and it always pays!

No 7. Uncharged phones/gadgets. If you’ve never fallen prey to this on any of your travels (local or international), then you are quite efficient. Though thanks to power banks and charging ports at some airports, we get to juice up our phones/gadgets when they are low. Just always remember to charge before getting to the airport to avoid missing important calls or messages when in transit.

No 8. Forgetting to pre-weigh your luggage. This mistake can be painful and embarrassing, especially if you decide to take out the extras in your luggage, meaning, you would probably bare your stuff out in the open. Always weigh your luggage before getting to the airport.

No 9. Accepting luggage from strangers. Avoid this at all cost, in fact, like a plague. While you may have a good heart, the person seeking assistance may not. Their luggage could contain illegal substances and you would end up being withheld, or worse, arrested!!! So when asked, politely decline.

No 10. Last but not least, not having a physical or mental checklist. I was forced to start doing this when I kept forgetting one item or the other. It’s better safe than sorry. So if this mistake is your forte, it’s time you turned a new leaf!

Certainly, you may have other common mistakes you’ve made or someone you know has, the comment section is hungrily waiting for you. And, don’t worry, don’t judge yourself, there are so many of us on a ‘repeat offenders’ list. Just remember to share this post with your partner in crime and have a good laugh reminiscing on your mistakes.

Thanks for reading.

❤️ Nonso


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  1. Oversized handbagages specially in certain flight companies, its crazy! And yes, NEVER, NEVER help anyone taking care of a lugagge or accept anything!

    1. Thanks for your comment. I’m happy you can relate😅

  2. I’ll be jumping on a plane early next week – thanks for the timely reminders.

    1. You are welcome. Have a safe trip!

  3. Super great tips and reminders for flying here!

    1. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Oh…so true! Especially not leaving home on time. It’s crazy. And of course, assisting someone with their luggage or package– Never! Never ever! Never ever! I believe in showing kindness but not in this area. Shit can get real and really fast. Do you know how many people are in jail or have been killed because of this? Nice of you to post this.

    1. Thanks for your comment!

  5. will admit that i have done a few on the list 😉

    1. And there’s definately no shame in admitting that 😉🙂

  6. This would be useful when I travel soon

    1. Thanks for your comment Nena. I bet it will!

  7. Learnt my lesson the hard way!!…Running through the humungous Heathrow with my pregnant wife…and yes we were lucky!!…

    1. Oh wow! That must have been quite hectic. 😅

  8. Great tips! I always leave extra early for flights and check connections…some of The others I’ve not through of before

  9. Forgetting to weigh my luggage has always been a hassle for me. I end up tossing stuff or paying a fortune.

  10. YES this is such a useful post and one every traveler should read. The rules change so often and fast, it is so hard to keep up sometimes.

  11. Nice one. Really helpful!

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