Airport checklist: the essentials you need to have a hassle-free holiday
Although packing and organising for your trip abroad can be stressful, with the right preparation your holiday can begin at home.
Summer is finally here and the holiday season is officially in full swing. Although we can’t make the mad rush to the airport any easier or help with booking the hotel, hopefully these top tips for travelling abroad will help you and your family get airport ready.
Make the most of your luggage allowance
It may seem like a common-sense statement but it’s surprising how many of us don’t get the most out of our baggage allowance when travelling or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, overstep the mark and end up having to pay fees at the airport.
Before packing your hand luggage and checked luggage, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the allowances and limitations applied by the airline you’ll be flying with. Whilst most airlines allow for one piece of hand luggage and one checked bag per traveller, the restrictions on luggage size and weight vary from airline to airline. Checking the luggage guidelines for the airline you’ll be flying with before packing will allow you to make the most of the space in your bags, maybe even allowing you to save some room for treats bought abroad, whilst also avoiding having to pay any fees at the airport for oversized or overweight luggage.
Have a comfortable flight
Whilst Instagram and other social media platforms might dictate that the “Airport Outfit” is an ensemble that should be carefully thought-out and put together to make you ready for any photo opportunity, we believe comfort and practicality should be just as much of a priority as stylishness.
Assuming your flight is only a short-haul journey of a couple of hours, with the time factored in for travelling to the airport, checking in bags, going through security checkpoints, shopping and eating, along with the walk to the gate, the flight itself and the arrival procedure at the other end, you’re going to be in the clothes you’re wearing for an extended period of time, so it’s a good idea to plan your outfit accordingly.
Being comfortable in both home temperatures and abroad temperatures is important. We suggest packing removable layers (jackets, jumpers or cardigans), wearing light, breathable fabrics and comfortable shoes (slip-ons will save you having to fumble with buckles or laces at the security checkpoint).
Step through, please
The longest queue you are likely to encounter in the airport is the one at the security checkpoint. Ensure you and your family move through quickly by following these top tips:
Limit the liquids you are carrying. Most airports apply restrictions to the volume of liquids allowed in hand luggage as no more than 100ml per container.
Consider your electricals when packing. It’s always a hassle having to rummage around in your carry-on bag to find your laptop, tablet or hair straighteners in preparation to put them through the airport scanner. Packing them in your checked luggage, or in an accessible place in your hand luggage, will ensure that you can avoid any unnecessary delays.
Read up on restricted items before you travel. Certain items will be confiscated if found in your hand luggage. Make sure you know what they are to save time and avoid hassle.
Avoid the beep! Often, the airport security scanners are triggered by clothing and accessories containing metal. You can save time at security by replacing your belt or standard braces with our airport braces.