Heading to the airport? Not a confident traveller or flyer? Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with the top three tips for a stress-free trip to the airport.
Tips for a stress-free trip airport trip
Many of us are tired before we even get to go on holiday each year – finishing work deadlines and preparing for holidays can leave us all feeling exhausted before we have even set off on our travels.
It is good to leave home early and in plenty of time to allow for delays at the airport – try to make sure you allow at least two hours before a domestic flight and three hours for an international flight at the airport.
Remember to check you have your documents, passports and tickets. Also, make sure your passport is up to date and valid for at least six months as this is a requirement for many countries.
You can save time by using mobile boarding passes and downloading them to your mobile phone.
It can be a good idea if you are a single parent travelling with your children to take identification for them, such as a birth certificate.
A recent study suggests getting more sleep before a holiday also helps to stop family arguments, so booking an early morning departure can be beneficial as they can often be less busy and you and the children are more likely to nap on board.
Here are our three tips for a stress-free trip to the airport:
1. Food and water
Don’t forget to pack snacks and plenty to drink for the family but make sure each liquid you carry is in its own container and is no more than 100ml or 3.4 ounces, they also need to be in clear plastic bags.
Queues can be long going through airport security so make sure you have enough food for the journey and airport; take a packed lunch for little ones to keep them happy and don’t forget wipes to freshen dirty hands and wipe away germs or mop up spillages.
Drinking water and sucking sweets can help little ears with the air pressure on take-off and landing.
If you are travelling alone or with children, it is good to have some entertainment.
Load smartphones and tablets with music and favourite programmes or films or bring a bag with books, toys, and colouring to help while the time away.
Alternatively, if space is tight you could even just play I Spy or Hangman, classics! But a new toy to unwrap is guaranteed to help keep little ones entertained during the flight.
Some airports have fun play areas for children, check before you travel. Many airlines offer children’s television channels including films and games.
Travelling in comfortable clothing is essential. Wear layers that are easy to put on and take off, as planes and airports can be cold (so be prepared to add and remove layers).
Remember, slip-on shoes are easier than laces for passing through security. Finally, make sure you take a spare outfit for everyone in your hand luggage.
Keep your personal belongings with you, and pack all valuables in your carry on luggage in case of delays or lost luggage.
So there you have it, some simple and easy tips for a stress-free trip to the airport. Got any others? Comment below and let me know.
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