Don’t Leave for the Airport Until…
Planning a holiday is meant to be enjoyable and something to look forward to. However, with so much to remember to do it can quickly turn stressful if you forget something important! We have put together some last minute holiday tips so you are 100% prepared before leaving for the airport.
From taking out the rubbish to planning your route to the airport, completing a few simple tasks before you depart ensures a stress-free return. If you want to feel super organized before your next trip, follow our pre-travel airport tips and advice guide below - it's perfect to use as a checklist in preparation for your next trip overseas!
You can't go to the airport until....
- You've emptied the fridge. If you're planning a long stay trip and simply have too much food to eat before you depart, consider giving it away to friends and family to avoid wastage. Alternatively you can donate your unwanted items to a local food bank, in which all the proceeds go towards those who are less fortunate. Clean and wash the fridge to eliminate any bad odours. If you know that you will be returning home late in the evening after your trip, chances are you will be tired; therefore make sure you have a pre-planned meal stored in the freezer that is easy to cook.
- You've taken out the rubbish. This is perhaps an obvious chore to do if you want to avoid nasty smells and unwanted visitors to your home. A large wheelie bin is perfect to pop your rubbish sacks into without the fear of animals ripping the bags open again.
- You've cleaned the house. No one likes to come home to a messy house after a long trip! Tidying the house before you go prevents you from feeling stressed upon your return. Wash the dishes, make your bed and hoover the floor... We're sure you'll agree there's nothing better than simply being able to relax and not have to worry about doing housework when you come back.
- You've asked a neighbour or family member to check the house regularly. A bunch of uncollected newspapers and mail outside your property simply shouts to any potential intruders that you're not home. Ask a neighbor or family member to collect these for you regularly and to keep a watchful eye on the house.
- You've got your holiday insurance and other important documents. Travel insurance is an important addition to your trip, so make sure you don't leave for the airport without it. Not only will it be able to help you in the case of travel delay or lost baggage, but could potentially save you thousands of pounds if you need emergency medical assistance abroad. Pack your insurance documents, passport, visas, boarding pass, airport parking and other important paperwork in your hand luggage. It is also a good idea to leave colour photocopies of these with a trusted neighbour or family member.
- You've checked in for your flight. Checking in online not only saves you money, but also time queuing at the airport.
- You've checked (and double checked) that your luggage meets the airline requirements. Would you believe that the majority of people get caught up on this one; weigh and measure your bags prior to leaving for the airport and always, always leave a little extra allowance as grace. This is a simple and easy thing to do that is often overlooked, but means that you can avoid being charged extra luggage fees. Alongside weight and dimensions, ensure that you research what items are and are not allowed to be packed!
- You've planned your route to the airport. If the airline says that you should get there 2 hours before your flight, always be there earlier. It's better to be super early for your flight and make it in time, than be turned away because you're the last person to reach the boarding gate. Always plan your route to the airport and allow for any unexpected delays such as traffic, accidents or cancelled trains. Have an alternative route too... just in case.
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