Four Tips for Reducing Stress at the Start of a Journey by Air
by Rosie  Flower © 2014

Rosie Flower, who submitted the feature article for July, shares  her helpful tips for reducing stress at the beginning of a journey.
1.Special needs assistance – don’t forget to notify the airline when you book, or do so well in advance of the day you fly.  Once at 
the airport you can discuss with the assistance team exactly what help you will required. Assistance will be organised to meet you
at your destination.  

2. Shorten your journey to the airport – consider staying overnight close to the airport to avoid worries about unforeseen delays on
your journey there.  If booked well in advance a cheap room rate can be obtained.  We save on cost by eating at home then arriving at the 
hotel in time for bed.   For a flight later in the day, set out early enough to give yourself at least an hour chill-out time somewhere close 
to the airport.  In either case you will have control over what time you arrive to check-in.  The departure area can be busy and quite 
stressful. 

3.Book a meet-and-greet service – parking in front of the terminal building and handing your car over to be parked off-site is so much
less hassle than trying to use transport from an off-site car park.  Look out for voucher deals and book early to minimise cost.  Our 
experience has been a prompt and courteous service from more than one of these companies. 

4.Check in your wheelchair –it’s normal to remain in your chair up to the aircraft door but at check-in  do make sure that your wheelchair
is issued its own baggage label, firmly attached, so there’s no delay in being reunited with  it on arrival.  Any loose items – cushion, foot rests, 
walking aids – are best taken into the cabin with you if possible. 

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