Travelling can be challenging, especially if you are visiting a new destination. You think about the unknown, and whether you will be able to cope. Statistics indicate that 36% of holiday travellers worry things will go wrong on the first day of their holiday.
For most people, the challenge begins right at the airport. You may wonder about too much luggage and how to get rid of some items. You also understand that safety is critical, yet can’t help but have a sense of trepidation every time you have to go through security. By the time you board, your stress levels are very high.
However, it is possible to have a stress-free airport experience, and we will show you how.
Arriving at the airport
When you arrive, you don’t want to be one of those people who seem to be rushing in at the last minute, thereby inconveniencing yourself and everyone around you. So, how do you avoid this?
Try to arrive at the airport early to avoid the long queues. Ask someone to drop you there, or use a taxi so you don’t have to worry about looking for parking. If you must go with your car, opt for reserved parking so you can be sure your vehicle will be safe during your travel and you don’t have to hunt for a space on the day.
The check-in process
It is not uncommon to go to the airport and find queues with everyone trying to check in at the same time. Such incidences will lead to high stress levels, especially if you know your flight is about to take off. Instead:
Use technology to your advantage by checking in online in advance. Print your ticket at home, or at least have a copy on your smart devices.
Find out what your airline’s regulations are with regards to baggage size before you reach the airport. And don’t pack at the last minute! Make a list and set some time aside to get everything together. But avoid packing too much. You can often buy some items, such as toiletries, at your destination.
Going through security
Dress comfortably in preparation for your flight, and wear slip-on shoes (you will need to take them on and off when you’re passing through security). Avoid wearing a lot of metal because it will set off the security detectors.
Place any liquids in your hand luggage in one of the see-through bags provided and remove any jackets or belts. You should be good to go.
Remember: If you’re a frequent flyer, your flyer points can get you past the security line faster.
Once you’re waiting for your gate to be called, you can sit and relax with a drink or a good book, or grab a bite to eat before your flight. Just keep your eye on the display screens so that you know the exact time your flight will be taking off.
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