As present-day Kuwait-based travellers we’re almost unavoidably air-travellers. Today, the region is the global hub of aviation… but we’re still a long way from anywhere. So, any journey we make is going to be lengthy, and yet we’ll want to hit the ground running and in the best of shape. The longer the flight the more important this is, and a recent intensive spell of travel reminded is what works and what makes even travelling for business a pleasure.
Travel light – pack for the best scenario not the worst, and aim to carry-on only. As a man, this is relatively straightforward. A couple of blazers – navy and grey; drill slacks, a pair of cords; half a dozen each of dress shirts, pairs of socks and briefs. Your hotel’s laundry service is your friend. One dark, knitted tie; one belt. One cotton cardigan, a couple of t-shirts. Cotton t-shirt and shorts for sleeping. Ultra-suede ankle-boots, a pair of trainers and Mahabis summer slippers.
Refresh yourself inflight – don’t rely on your once-sparkling carrier to supply the requisite toiletries for the long-haul. You know Dr Jackson’s works for you at sea-level – so 35,000 feet up isn’t the place to be taking risks with the airline-supplied Kiehls. Your trusted moisturiser, lip balm, pack of wipes, mini-toothbrush and tube of Swiss Dent will see you set for a fresh landing.
Do – arrive on-board well hydrated. Leaving it until after take-off before remembering how air travel dehydrates you and then downing copious amounts of Highland Spring will only result in lengthy times spent queuing for the bathroom.
Do – eat lightly, sip water reguarly throughout.
Do – dress comfortably, yet smart, for travel. When that seat clicks in to full-recline mode and your head goes down, you won’t want to feel restrained. By all means kick off those shoes, but bare or stockinged feet are out. Slip on the Mahabis.
Plan ahead – that favourite restaurant you’ve been dying to try while in town would have loved to have heard from you weeks ago. Don’t leave it until you arrive before calling around – you’re bound to be disappointed. The chances are, your destination is much more a cashless society than the one you’re leaving – but there’s nothing gives a weary traveller more confidence than the feel of local currency within his calf-leather wallet – make sure you’ve got smaller, tip-sized, notes handy.
Essentials – get two-and-three-pin savvy: America’s NEMA or Europe’s CEE? Then the Brits like to go their own route. The Flight 001 4-in-1 adaptor is the solution for more than 150 countries. Mobile hotspot? Keep your devices connected by investing in a portable WiFi unit before you travel – and buy a local data-only SIM card on arrival. External battery pack for your devices, and all the requisite cables.
Uber is not the only way – check ahead and discover what the locals are using. In NYC swap your Uber for a Lyft, and in Copenhagen you’ll need to tip your concierge handsomely if you don’t want extended waits in the lobby – the Danes banned ride-hailing apps earlier this year.