Travel Advice

Top Airport Tips For A Stress Free Experience

Airport Tips to Avoid Stress

Airports can be stressful places. These are some of our top tips on how to make the experience less stressful and more pleasurable.

Plan Your Route In Advance

It is always useful to plan your route in advance to allow yourself plenty of time to get there. Google Maps, the AA route planner and using your SatNav are all different ways to plan the best route. The website allows you to check for any road works that may add time to your journey.

Check In Online

If you can, check in online to save time at the airport. This is especially good if you have no luggage. I always print out boarding passes though for peace of mind, in case my mobile is flat when you get to the airport.

Remove Your Valuables Before Security

It takes time to remove your jewellery, belt, watch and boots. It maybe best not to wear these items to the airport at all, or if practical, remove them well before you get to security. This will save you being patted down or even searched. When my 8 year old son had to be patted down by security because I forgot his jeans had a key chain attached, was not my best parenting moment.

Airport Lounges

For a calm start to your holiday it can be worth paying for an executive lounge. The Number 1 lounge at Heathrow and Gatwick, or the Servisair lounges worldwide, give you food, drink, alcohol and free Wi-Fi in a peaceful surroundings for a charge.

Don’t forget to check the Flight Status boards as you rarely get called to the boarding gate these days.

Travel Essentials

Stress Free TravelBe organised. I put all the important information like hotel details, passports, boarding passes, itinerary and travel insurance in a file so all the information is at hand. In my bag are also my travel essentials which include wet wipes, deodorant, sweets (to stop my ears popping), noise cancelling headphones, camera and purse. I also put my contact lenses and specs in as you don’t want to lose these if your suitcase goes missing. If it’s a long haul flight I also put in a spare pair of socks to keep my tootsies warm and a cardigan or hoody as the air con can be fierce. Always make sure you buy currency in advance as the poorest rates are usually at the airport.

Goody Bags For The Kids

If you are travelling with kids make sure you have enough things to keep them entertained. A tablet or IPod with downloaded movies, games and music can be a godsend if you are delayed. Something as simple as a colouring or puzzle book and crayons can also be useful as well as a couple of favourite toys and some snacks, especially for fussy eaters. When they are fed up, resorting to simple old fashioned games like I Spy can keep everyone, even dad entertained.

Goody Bags For The Adults

If kids can have them why not adults? Mrs W’s bag contains her trusty old Mac, a magazine she has been keeping for the journey like The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, a guide book, a notebook, pen, and relaxing music on her IPhone (as she doesn’t like to fly). Mr W’s goody bag contains his IPod and headphones, his Filofax, a men’s mag like GQ and his Mac as well as some sweeties for the journey.

Get To The Gate On Time

If you haven’t been to the airport before ask how long it takes to get to the boarding gate when you check in. In some large airports this can take you some time. This saves rushing when you are buying Duty Free and realise you’v been called to the boarding gate or missing your plane. It can happen!

So here are some of our top travel tips. I hope this has been useful to you. Which ones do you use?

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  • Bear and Cardigan
    January 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Great advice. We only recently found the wonders of VIP lounges and wouldn’t fly now without using them, although some are so much better than others. I hate flying too and I find they are quite relaxing.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      February 21, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      VIP lounges are amazing! Airports are often busy and the calm of an airport lounge is like an oasis.

  • hannah
    January 18, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Some great tips here. I find leaving plenty of time is really important, rushing about just adds to stress x

  • Emily
    January 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I haven’t flown for a while, so these are some really great tips to refresh me! Definitely like the idea of adult goodie bags!

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 1, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Keeps the other half happy 🙂

  • Rhian Westbury
    January 21, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Great tips. I always have all of my documents stashed together and the bits I know i’ll need for the flight handy so they’re easy to grab out when I need to. x

  • Laura
    January 21, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    These are such great tips and super useful and will save so much stress!
    Love the new blog by the way

    Laura x

    • Mr and Mrs W
      February 21, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      I hope these tips are useful and thank you for the comment so much Laura!

  • Heidi Roberts
    April 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Some great tips here – I shall be putting some into practice. I have written some travel tips on my blog (a work in progress)