Have you ever left your luggage behind, travelled to the wrong airport or not been able to locate your flight's terminal? With so many things to remember when planning a trip... take a look at our list of common mistakes and how you can avoid them!
Whether you've forgotten your sunglasses in the hotel, left your passport at home, or got on the plane to realize that you left your handbag in the airport waiting area... we've all left something behind before. Checklists are a great way of making sure you have everything you need before, during and even after your trip.
Check that your passport is not about to expire and has at least one clean page remaining. Some countries will not allow you to enter if your passport is due to expire within 6 months, so it is a good idea to check this on a regular basis as applying for a new passport can take at least 3 weeks to arrive, if not longer.
Leave as much time as possible between leaving your house and your flight time, as often you will encounter unforeseeable delays.
Chances are you will leave the house, pack the car, sit in a traffic jam, sit in another traffic jam, arrive at the airport, park the car, unload the car, check you have everything, check in your luggage, get through security, arrive at the correct terminal..... you get the idea!
Pre-booking your parking before you arrive at the airport not only saves you money, it also saves you time rushing round trying to find a parking space. If you are travelling during peak seasons, and do not pre-book your parking, you may end up having to be in a more expensive car park or one that is not as convenient to you.
This may sound crazy but is more common than you may think! This occurs more often on the return journey home when you realize your flight isn't on the board.
If you're jetting off on a long haul flight, chances are you may be required to take a stopover. Although waiting around in an airport may not be your idea of fun, avoid booking your connecting flight too close to your last one, as booking flights with just minutes between each other is a big no-no.
Always leave a good amount of time (several hours, not minutes!) between flights in case of flight delay, bad weather... and so that you can check in your luggage and get through security. It is also worth remembering that the terminal for your next flight may be at the complete opposite end of the airport so leaving enough time to get there between flights is really important.
If you know you're at terminal 1 and your next flight is departing from terminal 6, make sure you know whereabouts you need to go. Avoid wandering round the airport feeling lost, but ask a member of staff for help as soon as possible, or obtain a map of the airport's layout.
Avoid packing everything for your trip in your main luggage... why? Because it is not uncommon for it to be put on a different flight, delayed or misplaced.
Hopefully, you won't be unfortunate to have your luggage go missing, however mistakes do happen and there may be a short delay before it is returned to you.
It is a good idea to pack a spare lightweight set of clothes in to your hand luggage, just in case. Remember to pack in some other essentials too, depending on your hand luggage weight and size restrictions.
Travel documents such as your passport, airline tickets, travel insurance documents, should always be kept on your person and these should not be packed in your suitcase. (Yes, this happens too!)
If your luggage does go missing, chances are it will be reunited with you, however it may take longer than expected and it is better to be prepared for the unexpected.
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