Stress-Free Airport Travel: Essential Tips and Strategies

While we all love a good foreign holiday, the one thing so many of us detest about it is the flight and the actual experience at the airport itself.

While flying might have once been seen as something luxurious and exciting, it’s now simply the most uncomfortable and unfortunate part of the holidaying process.

It doesn’t need to be that way though. With the right approach, the airport and flight can feel perfectly manageable, if not completely enjoyable.

1. Get Organized

Trying to get everything ready the morning of is never a good idea as you will panic, and you will forget something.

The night before your flight, take the time to get as organized as possible. Check in online as early as possible to avoid long queues at the airport.

Make sure all your electronics are fully charged and pack your entertainment essentials for a longer flight, such as a good book, a handheld games console and your trusty Skullcandy headphones.

This way, you’ll have everything you need to stay entertained and relaxed throughout your journey.

2. Driving to the Airport

If you’re driving to the airport, check for traffic updates and any road works that might affect your journey before setting off.

It’s always a good idea to leave extra time to account for any delays. If you think it’s going to take 2 hours, plan for 3. Alternatively, consider traveling to the airport the day before your flight and staying in a nearby hotel.

This can significantly reduce travel stress and leave you feeling more rested for your flight.

3. Dress Accordingly

Comfort is key when it comes to dressing for a flight. Choose breathable fabrics, especially if you’re on a long-haul flight.

Slip-on shoes with good arch support can make walking through the airport and passing through security easier.

You might also want to consider packing a neck pillow to help you sleep comfortably during the flight, if you’re the kind of person that CAN sleep on planes.

4. Travel Insurance

Book your travel insurance well in advance to ensure you’re covered for your trip. Keep all relevant information accessible, either on your phone or in printed form.

Having your travel insurance details on hand can give you peace of mind and help you deal with any unexpected situations.

5. Speed Through Security

Security can be one of the most stressful parts of the airport experience and it’s not always going to be plain sailing, particularly during busy periods and particularly since the UK left the European Union.

Make it easier by getting a stock of 100ml bottles and transferring your liquids into them before you arrive. Place these in a see-through plastic bag and keep it easily accessible in your hand luggage.

Also, remember to remove anything with a battery (laptops, games consoles etc.) from your bag. The last thing you want is to be delayed because of a rogue Nintendo Switch you forgot to turn off in your carry-on luggage.