The best way to travel safely is to prepare your trip well in advance. Whatever the reason for your trip abroad, getting informed in advance is essential to avoid problems and even emergency situations.
Travelling informed is travelling safer. Here we offer you useful information for any trip abroad. In addition to consulting the specific travel recommendations for the country or countries of destination, it is advisable to take into account the following general advice:
ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT
The first thing you have to do is locate your airline module to check in and document your luggage. There you will be given your boarding passes and the ticket with which you will collect your luggage upon arrival at your destination.
For international flights, the airlines usually ask you to arrive 3 hours in advance, this is because the lines to check in are sometimes huge and you could miss your flight.
WHICH YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CARRY IN YOUR LUGGAGE
Explosives and flammable substances are prohibited in hand and checked baggage.
For safety reasons, you may not carry sharp-tipped items in your luggage, such as pointed scissors, scalpels, corkscrews, tweezers, etc.
TRANSPORT OF LIQUIDS IN YOUR HAND LUGGAGE
Each passenger is entitled to carry up to 1 litre of liquid materials in packages or bottles of maximum 100 ml. Whether it’s deodorant spray, hair gel or shampoo, make sure you pack it in a container of no more than 100 ml and carry them all together in a zip lock bag to ensure your passage through the security checkpoint.
WEIGHT OF YOUR LUGGAGE
If you don’t want any surprises when checking your luggage, keep in mind the maximum weight you can carry according to the type of ticket you bought.
Generally, the weight allowed by the airlines is two suitcases of 23 kilos in tourist class and two suitcases of 32 kilos in business class.
There are some kilos of difference between some airlines and others, but these measures are a good starting point to know how much luggage you can carry without paying for overweight.
COST OF EXCESS BAGGAGE
Regardless of the rate you choose, if you carry more luggage than included you will have to pay $500 pesos for each extra bag. Consider that each airline has its own weight restriction.
The limit of luggage is five pieces (125 kg or 275 lb) per passenger.
Before entering the waiting rooms for boarding, you will have to go through a thorough check by the airport security staff.
Here are a few tips to speed up the review:
- Put in the trays ALL metal items that can activate the arch (coins, keys, cell phone, tablets, laptops, etc.).
- It is suggested to avoid belts with big buckles, rings, necklaces, watches, earrings or hair pins.
- Avoid wearing shoes with caps or any similar type of metal.
ARRIVING AT YOUR DESTINATION
Once at your destination, it is important to keep an eye on your luggage. If possible, stand close to the luggage exit so you don’t have to wait too long for that long turn of the luggage conveyor.
There are usually trolleys you can use to carry all your bags together to make it easier to get to and from the airport.
Now that you know what you need to take into account for your flight, we also recommend that you inform yourself about other issues that are important for your trip such as necessary documents and vaccinations.
At Passport Health we have experts in the field of health, who can help and advise you on the vaccines you need. Talk to them, make an appointment or visit one of our clinics near you.