Flying internationally 101
June 5, 2014 8:48 PM Subscribe
I'm flying alone internationally for the first time. Help me make it as painless as possible.
posted by Tamanna to Travel & Transportation (34 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
So for the first time in my life, I'm flying around the world alone. I already have extreme anxiety issues when it comes to flying, and the prospect of having to handle a 27-hour journey, complete with immigration, customs and time zone shenanigans is not helping. What can I do to make this as easy on me as possible and/or avoid making stupid mistakes?
Pertinent details: I'm on an Emirates flight, MAA-DXB-SFO, with an eight-hour layover in Dubai International, and I'm an Indian citizen on an F1 visa.
- I've only ever flown domestic alone before. What do I need to be aware of for an international flight? (The last few times I travelled internationally, I was both really sick and with other people and therefore not really paying attention.) Ditto for immigration/customs.
- Eight hours (overnight, basically) in Dubai International- is a lounge pass worth it? What's there to do if I choose not to go sit in one for a few hours?
- I'm vegetarian, diabetic and live somewhere where I don't have access to 90% of snacks usually recommended for flying (KIND bars, jerky, string cheese.) Any suggestions?
- Jet lag. How do I avoid it, or at least minimise it as much as possible?