Pre-Holiday Airport Checklist

January 14, 2014

When embarking on travel it’s easy to let yourself become stressed. From tickets and boarding to airport parking, there’s so much to think about and organise and it all needs to come together on a single day, and if it goes wrong the results can be extremely costly. Even just domestic travel has its share of hassles, so if you want to enjoy your holiday to the fullest it’s best to plan in advance. The best thing you can do to make it easier on yourself is to make a physical list of important tasks before you leave. Having them written down allows you to drop them from your mind for the time being and focus on more important things.

1. Tickets. By far the most important item, ensuring you have your boarding passes is something that many people nonetheless forget in the flurry of packing and organising. Many domestic carriers allow you to print out your boarding pass well ahead of time, and it may be worth using a phone application for a digital check-in if the option is available to you.

2. Check-in time. The time written on your flight schedule is the boarding time, not the check-in time. Ensure you know exactly when you need to arrive at the airport, and make allowances for busy lines and delayed service.

3. Luggage. Not just a matter of packing, but checking weight and size limits. Though carry-on can sometimes get through without being weighed, your checked-in luggage will definitely be placed on a set of scales. Unless you want to leave something behind, weigh before you leave.

4. Transportation. Getting to the airport is something that’s easy to overlook. Taxis and vans can be costly to hire and early morning flights aren’t always convenient for hitching a ride. Airport parking is one option that’s stress-free and easy. You can arrive when you need to and have a vehicle waiting and ready for when you return.

These tasks are all simple enough to take care of if done early, so save yourself the stress and deal to them as soon as possible.

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