Tackling Airports Like a Pro
Navigating the airport can be incredibly stressful and the worst part about travelling. A bad experience at the airport can put you in a foul mood which is not ideal for the start of your trip. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to tackle the airport like a pro so that you can reduce stress and get your trip off to a smooth start.
The first and most obvious tip is to arrive early – many people recommend 3 hours before your departure time. This will give you plenty of time to check in, get through security, enjoy the terminal, get to your gate and board the plane. It is hard to predict how long it will take to get through, so allowing yourself a few hours is smart.
Get the Train
The train is better than driving because you do not have to worry about driving your-self and finding a parking spot. You can book your train ticket online and then relax as you are taken directly to the airport.
Dress for Travel
You should think carefully about what to wear for the flight too. It is a good idea to wear a few layers so that you can adjust to temperature changes but also to reduce the amount of packing that you have to do. Additionally, you can speed up your time going through security by wearing shoes that are easy to slip off and by avoiding metal buckles, jewellery etc.
Keep Documents Together
You will need a few documents to get through the airport and onto the plane so you should keep your documents together and easily accessible at all times. You should also have screenshots/photos of these items on your phone too.
Set an Alert on Your Phone
It is easy to lose track of time when you get through security especially if you have time to kill. Set an alarm on your phone so that you have plenty of time to reach your gate once it has been announced.
Don’t Queue to Board
There is no need to rush to board the plane in the departure lane (as long as you have a pre-allocated seat). Instead, spend time relaxing until the queue goes down and you then don’t have the stress of everyone trying to get settled on the plane.
Airports can be stressful places but when you know how to navigate them like a pro it can be much easier. You do not want to feel rushed, stressed and flustered when you take your seat so make sure that you know what to expect and give yourself plenty of time to get through the airport so that you feel calm and relaxed when the plane takes off.
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