Travel Tips

Before leaving home:

  • Make alternate arrangements for all household chores (i.e.mail, newspapers, pets and plants).
  • Pack lightly and accordingly to destination. Always take half the amount of things you think you need.
  • Make photocopies of your passport and other traveling documents and keep them separately. When traveling for a long period of time it is a good idea to also leave a photocopy with a trusted family member or friend in case of emergency.
  • If possible do some research on your destination and airports used (i.e. various terminals).
  • Always arrive at the airport with a comfortable amount of time to
    check-in & relax before departure (why stress yourself before leaving?). This is most important during peak traveling seasons.
  • Always carry a change of clothing & toiletries in carry-on to ease the burden of lost or misplaced luggage on arrival.
  • Bring regular medications and prescriptions, in their original containers. Be aware that some over the counter medications like antihistamines for allergies may be illegal in the country of your destination and could be confiscated on arrival.

On the plane:

  • Drink plenty of water before and during long flights to reduce in-cabin dehydration & headaches. Try to avoid caffeine & alcohol as they are twice likely to dehydrate you while flying.
  • Don't stay seated for the entire flight, (except if advised to do so for security reasons) try to move and stretch yourself at least every hour.
  • The airline staff is there to help and answer any question that you might have do not be shy.

At destination:

  • Do not forget that you are a guest at your destination and as such you should act accordingly (i.e. habits, costumes and laws).
  • If traveling for a long period of time or a period of conflict register with your embassy or consulate.

Useful links:

Airline Phone Directory

Ottawa hotels and MAP

Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Montreal Airports

Ottawa Airport


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