8 tips to help you at the airport
If you’re taking a flight any time soon, check out my top airport tips to have a stress-free experience. Bon Voyage!
Check in online
If you can, check in online and print your boarding pass before you set off for the airport. (You can also download your boarding pass to your phone, but it’s still good to print it too, just in case there’s a problem with your phone.) This means less time queueing at the airport.
Many airlines now have apps which can really help you on your journey. If you have a smartphone, download your airline’s app, add your details and you’ll have access to information on your flight status, gate number and more.
If you can manage it, travel with hand luggage only. This saves a lot of time on your journey, as you don’t have to queue to check in your luggage and you don’t need to wait to collect it at your destination.
Arriving at the airport
Plan your journey to the airport carefully – make sure you know where it is, how to get there, and which terminal you’re flying from. If you’re driving, think about meet and greet parking – sometimes it’s no more expensive than long-term parking, and it saves a lot of time and hassle.
Allow plenty of time to get through security at the airport, and to check in your hold luggage, if you have any. Your booking confirmation will tell you how long you need for this, but generally UK check-in for European flights opens two hours before departure and for long-haul three hours before departure.
If you have liquids, a laptop or a tablet in your hand luggage, pack them so that they’re easily accessible for when you have to take them out at security. You may have to remove your shoes at security, so be sure to wear a pair which are easy to take off. If you can avoid wearing a belt, do so, as this will also need to be removed for security.
If you need assistance at the airport, it’s best to book this with your airline or travel agent as far in advance at possible. They should then pass your details on to the airport so that staff are expecting you.
If you’re travelling with a baby or a young child, find out what’s on offer for them at the airport. Some airports provide separate security lanes for families, play areas, kids’ meals and more.
Wherever you’re going, I hope that you have a good trip – and be sure to have comprehensive travel insurance in place, just in case you need it!