Travelling extra

Travelling by air is not exactly fun, but at least it’s really safe. Because our plans of Total World Domination we have began to travel around the world more than before, it has become more familiar to us personally. Whether you’re flying for business or leisure, here are a few tips to make the trip suck less. ...

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Travelling by air is not exactly fun, but at least it’s really safe. Because our plans of Total World Domination we have began to travel around the world more than before, it has become more familiar to us personally. Whether you’re flying for business or leisure, here are a few tips to make the trip suck less.

Don’t overpack

First of all walking around is cumbersome with a burden, but big packs mean trouble on the plane, and it’s a good idea to leave room for souvenirs. Here are some size limits of various airline companies, starting with an international standard recommendation:

  • IATA: 55 x 35 x 20 cm
  • Finnair: 56 x 45 x 25 cm / 8 kg
  • Ryanair: 55 x 40 x 20 cm / 10 kg
  • Wizz Air: 42 x 32 x 25 cm / 10 kg
  • KLM: 55 x 35 x 25 cm / 12 kg
  • British Airways: 56 x 45 x 25 cm / 23 kg (!)
  • American Airlines: 56 x 35 x 23 cm / no weight limit

Quick conversion table for the metric-impaired:

Metric Imperial
20 cm 8”
25 cm 10”
35 cm 14”
40 cm 16”
45 cm 18”
50 cm 20”
55 cm 22”

If you could care less about measuring and weighing, simply make sure the pack is small and light enough. The Särmä Large Assault Pack is barely legal with all companies (tighten the straps to pass everywhere), and the Särmä Assault Pack is easily within limits everywhere. Remember to take a leak!

Pack your pockets

Trouble at the security check is often your own fault, except when you run into a very nasty TSA numbnut. Doing your own part right is fairly simple:

Take off your belt and boots without asking. Might be that some airports don’t require this, but it shouldn’t be incorrect anywhere. The speed lacing of Salomon footwear is really nice here.

Wear a light jacket and put your keys, wristwatch, phone and other stuff in the jacket pockets, so you can put them easily on the tray and walk through the metal detector without anything extra in your trousers. Then, go take a leak.

Dress smart

Merino wool is a great base layer, because it breathes well but also keeps you warm when the pressurized cabin air gets to you. Also it doesn’t stink like synthetics do.

Natural fibres have a nice side-effect too: should something very unlikely happen, they won’t flare up or melt to your skin. Pick a fit that isn’t baggy but doesn’t restrict movement, either. Särmä Common Jeans can be worn even if you do a split, so they are a good choice.

The safety of air travel is the result of nit-picking even with the smallest detail, which seems insignificant when you don’t see the big picture. In most accidents there are survivors, most usually the “paranoid” ones who count the seats to the nearest exit. Keep that in mind when you are advised about seat belts and stuff.

Oh, and if you went to relieve yourself like we told you to, you’ll have one less thing to sweat about.


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