Come fly with me – but please abide by the rules!

KLM – the Dutch Royal Airways or Royal Aviation Company (tomato/tomatoe) its the Netherlands answer to British Airways but with groovy painted planes. From its founders in 1919 KLM is now the oldest running airline of all time.  Transporting 29 million pieces of luggage a day its a rather large operation  and aims not to loose your baggage although this can happen. With 29 million pieces what do you expect?! 

As published on the Dutch Review.

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Day 27: Whats in my closet (or Tips for packing your hand luggage for a short haul flight!)

IMG_8218Whats in my closet nobody is bothered about whats in my closet, I’m not even bothered about whats in it so in homage to my impending holiday I am going to share with you all my necessities for a short haul european flight and a few tips for successful inflight entertainment.

Firstly, and most importantly, PASSPORT and MONEY. I am fully of the belief that if you have those two you can buy anything else.
My top tips for a short haul flight.

  • Have everything easy to get to. There are pockets inside your bag for a reason. Use them! Not necessarily for their intended purpose either so be creative. For example; ‘mobile phone sleeve’ aka lipstick and hand cream pocket. ‘zip pocket’ aka sweetie holder and passport protector you’ll need access to this on a few occasions, I hate being stuck behind someone who ‘cant find it’.
  • Take what you plan to use. Be realistic. If you’ve got a 1hr
    flight don’t pack 3 epic novels, your iPod and magazine and a cross stitch. Chances are you won’t look at anything bar one. Keep the magazine for the sun lounger and be mindful when choosing which book to pack and which one to carry.
  • Take your most valuable items on board. I’ve never been unfortunate enough to have my luggage go missing (famous last words) but the last thing you want is for you jewellary or your macbook to go to a different airport. How do you blog about your epic travel disaster if yor laptop is in Cyprus and you are in Germany?!
  • Know the details of your flight. If you are flying KLM there will be a drink and snack given to you on board therefore theres no need to
    do that mad dash into Boots for a meal deal ahead of the flight for anything more than a bottle of water (note: the best deal for water in airports always comes in the ‘buy two’ formation, not lone traveller friendly!). If you need to buy food on board make sure your purse is accessible. Nobody likes behind held up my some plonker repacking their entire hand luggage trying to find some cash, plus it will save you from the heart attack that someone has stolen it.
  • Make sure everything is charged! Best tip if taking electronics, don’t forget your chargers and make sure you always fly full of juice. If you plan to doze of midflight to the dulcet tones of Adelle and your iPod dies midway through Hometown Glory, you will be gutted!

If you’re jetting off anywhere to enjoy the last few weeks before the hard work towards the ‘Man-in-a-big-red suit’ or ‘he who shall not be named until the end of November’ have a wonderful holiday and I hope these little tips help make your onward journey run a little smoother.

Dear Diary – Day1

Goedenavond Holland!

Het is nu mei! Ik kan niet begriep het! Ik heb niet veel nederlands geleerd sinds maart.

In other news I am now in The Netherlands. I have arrived in one piece. It was an eventful journey. Alas I didn’t get searched in the airport but my baggage did. Queue funny looks from security when he opened up my toiletries bag to find half a box of tampons! (face palm moment) When the floor didn’t swallow me up I carried on being searched. Who knew you had to declare contact lenses and toothpaste!!

After repacking my bag in Pret a Manger and nearly leaving my socks behind we boarded. The flight was delayed by 30 minutes but it was a pleasant enough journey. Oh and I saw the TALLEST MAN IN THE WORLD. Like literally his hips where in line with my shoulders! He was unbelievable!

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I’ve got my priorities in order!

Schipol have changed their toilet roll supplier – I wasn’t impressed! Pit stop in Albert Heim for water, sweets, wine and plastic cups.

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New kids ride coming soon!

Found the car, that was interesting! Hybrid automatic – fun times! After two wrong turns coming from Schipol we took the scenic route south. After 2 hours we made it to Rotterdam and a whistle stop tour for Birthday cake and drinks for one of my Dutch friends. Discovery – Beethovenlaan is in literally EVERY village. Its amazing how close to the curb an English girl can get!!

We unintentionally surprised the Dutch family. I’ve never had so many kisses. 3 went out the window, it was more like 3 million!! Zo mooi en zo lekker! It felt so good to be home!

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After a fake call to the hotel about our “delayed” flights we got to the hotel at 00:05! Oh and when finding the hotel we missed the carpark turning and had to take a 24minutes round trip back to the front of the hotel thanks to one way systems and quite possibly and illegal u-turn! Jack the concerge was a gem but we politely declined the early morning wake up call he offered. Now in bed, with a plastic cup of wine and reliving the escapades of the day. Roll on tomorrow!

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