Airports are so busy all hours of the day so I’m going to give you a few tips to try and make the whole process easier, from walking in to flying out.
Get There Early. One of the worst things that can happen is to get lost and potentially miss your flight. So, arrive early, 2 hours minimum if it is new to you, to be able to have the luxury of calmly and slowly getting through the airport processes. Check-in and security waiting lines can vary when you travel and since new liquid regulations have come in the process has gotten longer. If it happens that you’ve cleared everything early – relish it. If you’re going on holiday the last thing you want is to have to run through the airport like someone in a movie, instead you want to start your holiday from here and be relaxed.
Pack Wisely Packing your carry-on or check-in bag correctly avoids many issues that may arise. A tidy case means screening is easier reducing the chances that it will be taken aside and searched through for something that showed up incorrectly. An overweight bag causes problems when you have to start taking things out and possibly leaving them behind or even wearing them so weight your bag beforehand. Don’t pack electronics in either bag as they must be screened separately, so have them at hand to put them in the tray at your ease.
Keep Your Documents Safe Many people, when they go through an airport misplace their passport and boarding passes between all the different stages and screening so make sure you have somewhere to put them each time. This plan will leave you in no doubt as to where they are every time you are called to produce them. Most airlines now have apps where you can check-in and have an online boarding pass to scan instead of a paper version. Unless you manage to lose your phone on a regular basis this is a great solution and will save you every more worry. Keep copies of your documents-visas, passports etc.-with you in case they are stolen or you misplace them while away.
Dress Accordingly One of the biggest mistakes a traveller can make is to dress in the wrong clothes. By that I mean wearing lots of jewellery that has to be taken off, wearing belts, wearing shoes that have buckles upon buckles and that take an age to put on and take off. Wear clothes as if you are already on holiday. Avoid putting too many layers on plus a jacket and whatever else because they all have to be removed during screening plus you’re holding up everyone behind you and no one likes ‘that person’. Pockets can hold an endless amount of things that will take a while to take out-wallet, phone, passport, loose cash and change- that will no doubt go off through the scanner so avoid clothes with pockets or just don’t store things in them until you get to the other side. And finally..
Be Ready By Knowing The Rules The most important rule that is always emphasised is about the liquid restrictions. In recent years, the amount and quantities allowed on aircrafts has been reduced so it pays to research what your providers specific rules are. In general, the main rule of thumb is only to have one small airport approved bag which holds your liquids all of which should be under 100ml. You are entitled to have larger quantities in your checked luggage but don’t try to break the rules. Your item will be noticed and confiscated immediately so do not argue your case as security have the final decision. Once you follow these rules your experience should be more enjoyable and help you for future flights. To finish off your stress-free travel, have an airport transfer organised at the other end so you can hop straight in and be on your way to your destination.