How To Survive Airports

I love planes and flying and traveling and learning about cultures and just pushing my limits, but as much I love that, I HATE EVERYTHING about airports i-e immigration, thefts, transits, and germs. A lot of germs, all kinds of germs.

I was travelling recently and thought why not share my Airport survival tips with the world, or whoever reads my blog. :p

1) Travel Pillows

I don’t understand people who don’t carry a travel pillow with them. I find it so comforting. it’s already hard to fall asleep on those germ-filled-uncomfortable airplane chairs, why would you distress yourself more by trying to rest your head on your shoulder ? Or perhaps the person next to you.

Some time ago, a man fell asleep on my shoulder. Since he was pretty old, i didn’t mind.

I am already pretty uneasy, now a stranger wants to get too close ? HELLO HEARD OF PRIVATE SPACE!

Lifestyle-shot---travel-pilhttp://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/travel/smooth-journey-10-best-travel-pillows-9340571.html2) Dress Appropriately

2) DRESS APPROPRIATELY

Whether your flight is 40 mins or 24 hours, please wear something appropriate. Don’t wear too many accessories or clothes with studs or metallic detailing. There are people who have had little to no sleep and they just want to get done with this airport hassle and rest.

Also wearing heels at airports is hella irritating( not to you, but to other people). Keep those babies in your bag and wear flip-flops or something comfortable. No one wants to hear the clunk your heels are making.

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Learn from the best ^

3)STINKY POO!

People really need to shower before they get on a flight. You might think you’re wasting water, but actually you’re saving a lot of humans, if you just wash yourself.

For this purpose, I always keep a body splash or deodorant with me. I sometimes spray my perfume on the person sitting next to me too, when they are sleeping. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Go with H&m, M&S or Sephora sprays, perfumes, body splash. They smell brilliant and are cheap!

http://www.hm.com/gb/product/25154?article=25154-A

http://www.marksandspencer.com/l/beauty/fragrance/womens-perfume

#sharingiscaringtheysay 🙂

4) Sneaky Airport Thieves ( YOU LITTLE BUGGERS) 

Airport theft is very common. Most of the time you don’t find your stuff, unless you’re lucky because well.. I think nobody really cares. So, either I am always very careful or keep extra’s of everything. Keep an extra copy of ticket, passport, all important contacts and extra money in pants, socks or bra. Yep. People do that.

5) YUMMY YUMMY IN MY TUMMY TUMMY!

Airport food can be expensive and yucky. What I do is that I always keep granola bars, chocolate, peanuts or small snacks like that in my hand carry. You never know when you might get hungry. What if you’re at the immigration, there is a long queue and feel hungry ? You can take out your snack and munch on it. 🙂

#nomnomnomnom

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http://showiteer.com/lifestyle/travel/9-easy-snacks-to-take-through-airport-security-without-getting-arrested/

http://www.self.com/wellness/travel/2013/02/airport-snacks-slideshow/

6) Delayed flights or missing flights 

Weather is unpredictable and your flight can get delayed anytime. Or you’re lazypants like me and have missed your flight way too many times. Missing your flight is no fun, especially if it’s an international flight. I like to keep things that can entertain me in my hand carry.

These are my hand carry essentials:

  • Headphones
  • Portable charger
  • Music GOOD MUSIC
  • A book
  • Coloring book or scribble
  • Ipad or computer
  • Sweat pants, if you’re wearing jeans
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste or breath mints
  • A body splash or deodorant
  • A face cream and HAND SANITIZER!!
  • Lip balm
  • Pads and tampons (if you’re a woman)
  • an extra pair of underwear ( or you can just flip them over. No don’t do that) 😐
  • Hair ties ( always great to keep extra)

7) Luggage Tags

Incase you lose your luggage, it’s always good to clip a luggage tag to your luggage with your permanent address on it. If someone finds it, they might send it or the airport definitely will.

Always be prepared, they say. 😉

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http://www.amazon.com/luggage-bag-tags/b?node=1234358011

8) Be Prepared:

When you know you have a long transit, google the airport before going so you know if there is a lounge of some sort where you can rest instead of walking for 2 hours looking for one.

I once had a 5 hour transit somewhere and I spent 4 hours looking for the lounge. Needless to say, it wasn’t so useful after that.

9) Web check-in!

I hate long queues, so i always web check-in. Some airlines don’t have that option, but if yours does YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY DO THAT, instead of waiting in the line for 2 hours and going to the airport 3 hours earlier.

-Thank you for reading, share your tips!! 🙂

#RichKidsOfSaudiArabia

Dear Rich Kids,

explain to me if you get it ?

Is it my fault that I wasn’t born in a financially privileged family ? or that my dad doesn’t own a few buildings or kisses the Royal family’s ass every chance he gets ? Or that he doesn’t have expats under his sponsorship and basically rips them off ?

Is it my fault that I am a 20 year young girl living in Saudi Arabia and weren’t given an opportunity to attend an Ivy league University or went to a well recognised high school ? BUT I BET, YOU DID!

Then whenever I am given a chance to interact with a “RICH SAUDI KID”, why am I always left thinking so much better about my upbringing. Presumably, you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, which means you’re expected to act civilised and not disrespect other people. I mean, isn’t it what your religion is all about? Be nice to your fellowmen, even if they don’t belong to the same class as you.

Let me share what happened to me today, despite the fact that this isn’t that big of an incident compared to other occasions where I was left feeling pathetic about being a non-saudi, a girl and POOR!

So my sister and I were walking towards Jeddah Mall on Ta7lia from Khayat Centre, It’s the Rodeo Drive of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, elite class of Jeddah comes here often in their fancy cars. The distance is not really that much, if you’re walking from D&G store. So anyway, these two “rich saudi kids” in a Mercedes which I believe their rich Daddy bought them for probably failing an exam, started flashing their headlights on us, even though we were half way towards the mall gate, like that wasn’t enough to divert every person’s attention on us, they yelled “fuck you” at us. Hence, this letter/blog. Explain to me, rich kids, what kind of decency is that ?

If you’re a son/daughter of a very well off family and your Grandfather owns half of Jeddah/Riyadh/khobar whatever! then aren’t you suppose to act a certain way. Family values are what parents teach you, and they are like a mirror, the reflection they give is what children adopt. So by acting like a notorious bastard, are you telling us (expats) that this is what your parents have taught you ? ’cause it sure looks like it!

Don’t get this the wrong way, I don’t have a problem with you bring rich. I have a problem with you treating people with lower status than yours like plain shit. Trust me, I love watching y’all take your latest addition Chanel/ LV bag or your custom design accessories or a new car out to show-off. Who would mind watching a free runway show ? Only the runway is usually the mall, restaurants or those illegal parties with booze that your Hayaa (islamic police. Yes, it exists)seems to ignore, because y’all rich people will probably have their asses locked up if they try to complain. And the brave ones who actually do file a complain or try to “annoy” you with their annoying faces you probably get them executed or offer a glass of red vine (bribe) to them ?

I don’t live on the money that you have provided me, however, you on the other hand do (sponsor fee that we pay every year and which drastically increases if the sponsor has to go on a vacation or if someone from his family wants to buy something “FANCY”). Mostly in other countries it’s Tax, but in Saudi Arabia it’s the money you pay your sponsor every year. The amount is decided by the sponsor. He can ask for how much ever he wants. You cannot complain to the authorise, because they will probably tell you to go back to your country. Now you may say, then why don’t we go back our country? Believe you me, no one wants to stay in this DISCRIMINATIVE-JUDGMENTAL-DESPOTIC-OPPRESSIVE country anyway. It’s our misfortune or compulsion. Besides, if we leave then who’s going to work and actually build this piece of shit country of yours. You CANNOT work as a minority, because GOD FORBIDS it will bring shame to your ego and what will your friends say when they hear that you have been working as an intern or a driver or a SWEEPER!

I’d love to see that happen tho’.

In drawing things to a close, I’d like to request to the rich kids of SAUDI ARABIA to not be impolite/rude to people who are not rich. We may not have as much as you do, but what we do have is RESPECT. We may not have expensive education like you do, but we do have good enough education to know what is right and what isn’t.

TRUST ME, Which is far more than the MONEY that you are so proud of.

Lastly, GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER, ASSHOLES!