It is a fact that most people like to travel by plane. It is also a fact that you will spend at least a few hours at the airport before you get to your destination, regardless of how well you are prepared.However,by following a few simple tips you can ensure that you spend most of the time you have at the airport resting, rather than standing around or running about.
Some of the more common tips are as follows:
- 1. Get To The Airport Early
Nearly all the airports around the world recommend getting to the airport at least 2 hours before the flight is due to leave. Traditionally, security and check-ins have always been on the slow side. Due to additional measures introduced to deal with terrorism, the checkpoints are now even slower. Getting to the airport early will give you ample time to go through all the security checks and you will not need to rush to the plane. If you make it through the checkpoints and you stillhave an hour to kill, just enjoy it.
- 2. Weigh Your Luggage At Home
All airlines are very strict when it comes to their weight limits. Many usually have a weight limit of about 23 kg or 50 lbs. If you go over the limit, even by a few grams, you will be required to take out some items and leave them behind or pay an extra fee. This can lead to all sorts of drama, especially if you don’t want to leave anything behind. To avoid all these hassles, you can simply weigh your suitcase back at home and ensure it is within the limit.
- 3. Keep Your Travel Documents To Hand
If you want to get through all the check-ins quickly, you should keep all your travel documents close but safe. If you cannot seem to find your documents when the airport officials ask you to produce them, you may be asked to go to the back of the line and find them. This can be both tiring and time wasting. You can have a carry on bag with several pockets and use one of them to store these papers. Never put down your carry on bag for a second because you will risk it getting lost or stolen.
- 4. Wear Suitable Shoes And Accessories
In many airports, you will probably be asked to take off your shoes and any jewellery or accessories before you pass their metal detectors. Tying and untying shoes can be time consuming, as well as sorting your jewellery. Hence, you should probably consider wearing slip on shoes since they are easy to remove and put back on. You may also be required to take off your hat, jacket or belt. If you can avoid wearing these things to the airport, it willsave you some time and hassle.
- 5. Check The Regulations
Many people like to carry small liquid solutions in their carry on bags. These may include, contact solutions, hand sanitizer, body lotion or cologne. Different countries have different regulations when it comes to carrying liquids in your carry on bag. There are also other items that are checked for safety including any digital devices such as cameras and phones and toiletries such as toothpaste, razors and dental floss.
Regardless of the nature of travel, no one likes to stand in line at the airport waiting to be cleared for flight. It is however very necessary as it ensures the safety of you and others. Without these check-ins, many things could go quite wrong, so treat them with due care and respect.
Dennis Theobald has been to many popular destinations around the world, and has many years of experience in travelling. He suggest visiting the site provided for more information on travel insurance as it is one of the most important parts of any trip, as well as other key factors.