My journey to India was among the first of my long hauls flights, I'd been to New York, flown to Tanzania but this was my first journey including multiple flights and long haul journeys. Not only that, I was doing both the outward and return journeys completely alone, a daunting fact given I'm almost 21 and still give my parents my passport to Iook after when travelling as a family. After delays in Dehli meant I was travelling a full 36 hours before reaching my final destination, I'd like to think myself now familiar and confident with long journeys and airport transfers, so here are a few tips for travelling efficiently and comfortably.
Be insured; it's always reassuring to know that no matter how terribly your journey may go, you're covered. The more stop-overs you have, the more likely somethings going to go wrong (lost luggage, missed flights etc). Make sure you have insurance that covers anything that can go mishap during your journey.
Be prepared for the unexpected; As my second flight was delayed I subsequently missed my final flight and had to wait 6 hours for a replacement flight, which due to bad service from Jet Airways I had to pay for myself. Make sure you have access to money should you need it.If you're doing multiple stop-overs it's hard to have currency in every country you stop, so make sure there is enough money available on a credit or debit card should you need it. If you have to pay for a flight you can always claim it back afterwards on your travel insurance.
Be on time; depending on which company youre flying with, you should arrive at the initial airport with plenty of time to check in bags and get information about your transfers. If you are flying with different companies or doing any domestic journeys, you will have to collect your luggage and re-check in.
Be well packed; just because you're in the air, doesn't mean you can ignore your body's needs. There are some essentials worth packing; a toothbrush and paste(if you aren't given it on the flight), deodrant, wipes, whilst being aware that these have to be under 100ml and in a clear plastic bag. If any of your flights are overnight or you are travelling for 24 hours, I found a neck pillow a saviour for sleeping in air.
Be well informed: Print off your whole itinerary so you know what time your flights are and which terminal they're departing from. This way you know how much time you have in the stop-over airport and where to be next. Also check time differences in your stop-overs so you don't miss any flights.