The Top 6 Things to Bring on a Budget Airline
by Danielle DeSimone, guest columnist
(1). Your Printed Ticket: Always remember that with budget airlines such as RyanAir, you may check-in online anytime between seven days and two hours before your flight. After checking in online, you can print out your boarding pass, which you will later have to get stamped at the airport while your passport is being checked. By checking-in in advance and coming prepared with your boarding pass, you will save you a lot of time (and money) at the airport.
(2). A Small Backpack: Backpacks are typically the best form of luggage when traveling through Europe, as they are compact and easy to carry. Checking a bag on a budget airline costs additional money, so a carry-on bag is the smartest route. The airline staff of a budget airline will check the size of your bag at the airport. If it does not fit within the measurement box provided by the airline, either remove items from your bag to make it fit, or try to force your current piece of luggage into the measurement box while making puppy eyes at the stewardess. If you look desperate enough, they should allow you to squeeze it into the overhead compartment.
(3). Earplugs and/or Music: Whether you plan on sleeping on the plane or in the hostel that you will soon be traveling to, earplugs or an iPad are a necessity for blocking out the surrounding rumblings of snores, the broadcasted advertisements for the airline’s sandwiches, or the cheering from passengers that often ensue from the plane’s successful landing.
(4). Snacks: As there are no free bags of peanuts or complimentary drinks on budget airlines, it is highly recommended to bring your own snacks. Not only will you save money by avoiding the airline’s expensive menu of prepackaged food, you will also be prepared in the event that you need a snack at some point during your time on your trip.
(5). A Warm Coat or Sweater: The temperature on budget airlines tends to be somewhat chilly, so bring extra layers to wear on the plane—even if you’re flying during the warmer months.
(6). Patience: It’s inevitable that while flying on a budget airline abroad, things will be different than your typical airline at home. There may be delays or rescheduling. You may have to listen to a few loudly broadcasted advertisements throughout the flight. The seats might not recline. However, keep in mind that this airline is transporting you on an affordable adventure and the flight itself is just part of your journey.
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