You might be going away for a relaxing break, but let’s be real, airports can be a little stressful, especially when you’re not prepared. So I’ve come up with a list of 11 of my top tips for a stress free airport experience.
Before Your Trip
1. Book your taxi / airport parking well in advance and make sure you have the confirmation email / number of your order as a just in case (better safe than sorry). Also, make sure you know where you need to go for parking at the airport and how to get to your terminal after you have parked.
2. Check in online – this makes it easier and quicker so you don’t have to queue up, except for bag drop but that’s usually very quick. Plus it means more time for duty free! Win-win.
3. Pack your important documents (especially passports) in your handbag / hand luggage, so you’re less likely to forget them.
4. Check that you know where to go if you are using the airport car park.
5. Set out your travel outfit so you don’t have to spend a hot minute deciding on your what you want to wear, or forget those special pair of cosy travel socks you’ll cry without on the plane.
6. Put all products in one area that you know you’ll use the morning of your flight. This includes: skincare, hair tools (straighteners, brush, clips etc), makeup and so forth. This way you won’t forget to pack the things you need.
At the Airport
7. Make sure you get to the airport early. Some airlines don’t allow you to check in / drop your bags off until it’s 2-3 hours before your flight is due to depart, so make sure you check before hand on their website and get there for that time – or preferably a bit before – you’d always be glad to arrive a little early compared to being late and having to rush.
8. Have your liquids bag ready and packed – this saves you time when going through security. Remember that the liquids have to be 100ml or under.
9. If in doubt, ask. Having been through a variety of different airport securities I have found that asking the security team if you should take your shoes off / if you need to take your laptop out of your hand luggage bag, etc, gets a better response from them then having to have them tell you to do so. This might be because it can cause delays with the process, which is a pain for everyone, or perhaps they like the fact that you’re asking them, which can make their job a little more smooth sailing.
10. Plan. If you want to do some shopping in duty free, have breakfast, etc then it might be wise to think about what you’d like to do first with the amount of time you have. This way you should have enough time to do everything you want to.
11. And finally, relax. Whether duty free shopping does this for you *yep that’s me* or buy a book / magazine at the airport and make yourself comfy. Or make sure you have a podcast on your phone so you have something to listen to to pass the time.
And of course, the most important point of them all… HAVE A LOVELY TIME!
Make sure you also check out my Important Travel Tips!
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