It’s not long now until the first winter Birthright Israel groups start arriving at Ben Gurion Airport. Most of our participants face long trips ahead of them so we have some tips for making sure that everyone arrives in the best condition possible. This is especially important because they are going to have ten days of jam-packed adventures ahead.
Tip 1: PACK A PILLOW
Getting some sleep on the plane is always a great way to pass the time and a pillow will make your seat much more comfortable. A compressible pillow is the best and it will also be really useful for the bus rides once the trip starts. Trust us; your pillow will be your new best friend.
Tip 2: EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST
If it’s a morning flight, bring a packet of instant oatmeal in your carry-on bag. Then you can ask the flight attendant for a cup of hot water, and voila! It’s healthy and it won’t cost you a fortune like the food at the airport.
Tip 3: KEEP CHEWING
If your ears get blocked when you fly, bring along an apple. When you feel the plane begin to descend, eat your apple. The chewing and swallowing will keep your ears in good shape.
Tip 4: EASY ACCESS
Put your boarding pass in a really obvious place. A front pcket of your jacket or bag is probably best. Just make sure it’s super easy to get to.
Tip 5: HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE
If you don’t get the seat you wanted or if the food is bad, be thankful that you are actually travelling, like a bird, in the sky! 75% of the world’s population will never even have the experience of being in an airplane and this is a gift from Israel to you! We take a lot for granted, so sometimes you just need to suck it up and be thankful. Besides, being miserable for the whole flight will make the flight seem even longer and more painful.
These tips might seem obvious to the seasoned traveler, but with all the excitement, it’s easy to have an oversight here and there. Winter is finally here and everyone at IsraelExperts is expecting an action-packed fun season.
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