Traveling To Kenya
Our Flights To Kenya
Traveling to Kenya in both 2007 and 2008 were two totally different flight experiences. Here are a few tips that we learned.
Pre-PlanningWe would recommend a process of pre-planning to get things started. One of the best ways to begin your planning is on-line. Browsing a few key sites gives you the chance to compare flights to Kenya for best prices and times that suit both your schedule and budget.
You'll find all the answers to baggage weights and limitations, carry on restrictions, and which airline best meets your needs for what you can take with you.
Electronic tickets have become the standard way to travel. They prove to be very convenient, they can't get lost or stolen or even forgotten, and you can check in on-line as well.
On-line check in is available for most flights anywhere from 30 hours to 1 hour before departure. It's a fast and easy way to avoid those long lines at the airport.
You can even print out your boarding pass ahead of time as well as choose you own seating. Getting those seats with a bit of extra leg room with easy access to the aisle is key when traveling to Kenya. You're going to be on the planes for 8 to 9 hour stretches at a time.
Once you're at the airport, all that's left to do before departure is to find the check-in point for baggage drop off. You'll want to be sure to advance to the wicket for pre bookings which will be much faster.
I will admit that on our first adventure, even with the pre bookings in place, when leaving Nairobi we stood in the wrong line up and waited much longer that we needed to.
Allow For ExtrasJim and I like to carry physician travel packs when we're traveling to Kenya. On our first flight to Nairobi departing from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada, we had two travel packs (4 boxes in total) that we were transporting to a village clinic.
We had all the necessary paperwork and made sure that we had met the travel guidelines. However, when we arrived at the baggage check-in area we were told that the boxes had to be banded together first.
Jim found the designated area in the airport that handles that service. He had to wait his turn and get back to the check-in area within the necessary time allowed. It proved to be a little stressful.
A point to make here - always allow for extra time and extra money.
LayoversWe found that long layovers can be very tiring and frustrating if you don't have a plan. Our first experience traveling to Kenya had good connections on the way there, but we experienced an 8 hour layover at Heathrow International Airport in London, England, on the way home.
Our flight from Nairobi to England was full and noisy. When we arrived at Heathrow, we had already been traveling for about 30 hours and desperately needed to rest.
It took us a while to figure out some of the comforts at Heathrow. We were delighted to find shower facilities and wonderful lounges on the upper level that had sleeping areas or at least a place to get off your feet and rest.
Heathrow is also well equipped with many shops and restaurants. We found the food costs were high, so even getting a basic breakfast was expensive. It's a good idea to have your own snacks in your carry on if you can.
To pass the time it helps to have a novel or some activity books. I love to do crossword puzzles and Jim likes to browse through motorcycle magazines.