On the Plane

On the plane is where you may feel some emotion welling up. You’ve probably just said a tearful goodbye to your family and the reality of flying very far away is settling in. Please take a deep breath and relax. It’s ok to feel nervous. It’s normal.

Once you land, you’ll see how easy it is to reconnect with your family through phone, Skype, social media and e-mail. We promise that you won’t lose touch!

Here are some tips to make your flight more comfortable:

  1. If you are entering Canada internationally be prepared to fill out a Customs Declaration Card.
  2. If you plan to sleep, bring a travel pillow.
  3. Bring some entertainment (books, magazines, cellphone, music, etc.).
  4. Bring your own headphones.
  5. If possible, choose an airline with a TV screen on the seat in front of you.
  6. Don’t take a lot of carry-on baggage. Most airlines don’t allow more than 10 kgs.
  7. Bring some of your favorite food and snacks.
  8. Move around and stay active as much as possible to maintain blood circulation (make sure the seatbelt sign is off).
  9. Dress comfortably in casual clothing.
  10. Don’t leave your baggage unattended.

Here’s a tip: Buy your drinks and snacks after you clear customs as most airlines don’t allow outside drinks on their planes.

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