Top Tips for Nervous Flyers/Travellers

27 April 2016

Hello, it's been a little while! I need to get myself back into the habit of regular posting but life has been getting in the way with uni assignments, job interviews and a holiday, blogging has taken a bit of a backseat. So other than photo diaries, I've been wanting to try my hand at travel blogging, so here I am. If you follow me on insta (@charlotte_dickson) you'll know I recently travelled to France. Although the thought of flying doesn't scare me, I can get a little anxious when I travel - especially when I do it alone and especially when it comes to catching trains. So here are my top tips for keeping calm and how to destress for when you're on the move...

1. Plan Plan Plan and Pack in Advance. Get yourself organised! I always feel so much better I feel I have some level of control when travelling; whether that's packing as much as I can the night before travelling or planning out the amount of time needed to get to x to y to z, as well as leaving plenty of time for traffic or metro/tube delays. Last minute packing and rushing around will only make you feel more anxious, so try and set yourself deadlines to get stuff done before the day you leave. Also print off your boarding passes and check-in online a couple of days early, as it is one less thing to do on the day!  

2. Do Some Research Before You Go. Similar to the first point, but it's definitely worth getting to know where's best to go for food or where the nearest town is before you jet off as it saves you time when you get there and any panic that may induce. I religiously check the weather to make sure I've packed accordingly for rain/shine/the temperature and it's also worth looking up transport to and from the airport on the other side.

3. Pack Your Hand Luggage Strategically. This is oddly one thing I am really OCD about, but packing my hand luggage with the things I know I'll need most/to hand when I get to the airport at the top of my bag makes me feel so much better. Also be sure to pack things that will keep you busy and distract you whilst onboard. It's also worth taking some sweets to suck on for take-off and landing as this always helps with the popping sensation. For a long haul flight, I recommend making a relaxing music playlist, I am terrible for sleeping on flights so this helps me semi-sleep and drown out the loud plane noises.

4. Don't Travel Alone. If you can avoid going it alone get yourself a travel buddy. And if you really can't travel with anyone, try making pals with the person sat next to you. Sometimes just having a little small talk can calm your nerves and can make you feel a little relieved if you've told someone you're a nervous flyer/traveller. It might also be worth letting the cabin crew know about your worries so they can help make your journey as easy as poss.

5. Stay Hydrated. Avoid caffeine and try and eat something light like a salad before you fly, so that your stomach can feel settled. By a big bottle of water once you've got through security so that you don't have to wait for the drinks trolley to pass through the cabin.

6. If All Else Fails... Drink. The most nervous person I've been aware of on a flight got v drunk, and it really helped her. It was a British Airways long haul flight (so free booze) and all the entertainment system shut down, so to pass the time/numb the boredom the passengers drank the entirety of the cabin's alcs supplies. But to keep with the last point, keep drinking water if you want to calm your nerves and avoid feeling sick.

I hope you found this post useful! What do you do to keep yourself calm in stressful situations? And have you got any travel tips/recommendations? Let me know below!
C x

18 comments

  1. Haha, I love the last one! I don't have too much travel anxiety but a big thing for me is making sure I know what to expect on flights and when I get to my destination. I also really need to make sure I pack in advance! Otherwise I'm a mess.

    www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Haha thank you! Yeah I always like checking how long the flight is and whether you get food on it etc before I fly. Yeah I'm the same and can leave things to the last minute and it makes me feel 1000x times worse. Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed this kind of post :) x

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  2. This post was written for me. Ha!! I'm a big nervous flyer. I love to travel, but hate sitting in planes. I get scared, get bad ideas and my ears tend to ache a lot. Thanks for the tips. I just chew gum or sleep as soon as I get comfortable. Ha!

    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ah really? I really hope these tips can help you then! I find it really hard to sleep during flights so have to keep myself busy even if it's just with relaxing music. Let me know if you end up trying any of these out :) x

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  3. Great tips! I can sometimes get a little anxious when traveling, and I find having some snacks, a drink and a magazine to look at really helps to take my mind off things. So with you about being organised too - one less thing to worry about! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    1. Aw thank you Kate! Yeah comfort food and drinks are definitely a must whilst travelling and a magazine can really act as a good distraction. Yes being organised always makes me feel 100% better, thanks for reading :) x

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  4. I have to say I'm lucky that I don't get too nervous when I travel, but lots of my friends do! I think this will really help them :-) x

    www.totalmodisch.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ooh that's definitely lucky that you don't get nervous - I find my travel anxiety can get really bad for some trips but it will be fine for others! Aw yeah, feel free to pass these tips along - if I help at least one person with this post, I'll be happy :) x

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  5. I absolutely hate flying so I've bookmarked this for my next adventure

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin'

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    1. Thanks for the bookmark! Hope you find these helpful for the next time you fly and thanks for stopping by on my blog :) x

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  6. i'm not a nervous flyer but i hate the point when the plane landed and everyone goes crazy and grabs their bags and theres people everywhere so i always book seats right in the front and my carry on is usually a small bag so i can get off the plane asap.


    loovelle.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw I definitely know what you mean with the mad rush at the end of a flight! To avoid much of a rush I normally put my carry on in the seat in front as this means I have all my stuff with me to hand and so I don't have to keep getting up to get things out of the overhead locker. But yeah if you can avoid what stresses you out I can definitely see why you use that seat tactic. Thanks for reading Elena :) x

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  7. This is such a great article. I am generally a pretty carefree flyer but I travel with a few friends who get stressed easily! This will be a great article for them
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    Lizzie | Garland Girl

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    1. Aw thank you for such a kind comment Lizzie! That's really lucky that you are a carefree flyer, it really comes and goes with me - I find getting a train more stressful for some reason. Hope these tips will help your friends if you pass them on and thanks for reading :) x

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  8. These tips are great - my mum is a nervous flyer so I'll have to show her this post X
    www.britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you Cara! Hopefully these tips can help your mum, literally if they help even one person I feel like it was worth posting this. Thanks for stopping by on my blog :) x

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  9. Excellent post and great tips! I don't think I could travel alone but maybe one day! I just get to anxious ha,ha! I'm hoping to go away again this year but might have to delay things until next year x


    Jenny | Krystel Couture + House of Fraser Giveaway

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    1. Aw thank you so much Jenny! Yeah I'm at my most anxious when I travel alone because I always think that if I get stuck in a rut no one is there to help me. Good luck with your travel plans though, and try and not let your anxiety get the better of you. Thanks fir reading lovely :) x

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