25 April 2014

Posted by Discount Insurance on Friday, April 25, 2014
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Flying sometimes feels like the most stressful mode of transport – the waiting around, the things you absolutely have to remember to bring and the organising involved.

However, we at Discount Insurance have put together ten-tips to make it a bit more fun and enjoyable!

Arrive early

Getting from the airport to the plane can involve a number of lengthy waiting periods. Make sure you always leave plenty of time. This means getting to the airport at least two hours before the flight leaves. Note that security is especially busy at peak times such as mornings and evening rush hour.

Richard Ashforth, international creative director of Saco Hair, says: “It always preferable to spend as little as possible in transit – so I don’t like to arrive super early but, similarly, arriving late can be stressful.”

Arriving doesn’t have to be a strain

Who wants to start their trip by lugging bags around on often surprisingly costly public transport, before you even arrived at the airport?

There are more options than people realise. Heathrow Official Parking, for example, allows people to pre-book short stay parking, which is often cheaper than a taxi and can be close as 45 metres to the terminal.

Organise yourself

One of the biggest causes of stress while travelling is disorganisation.

Another good tip is to know where your boarding gate is so you know how far away you are. This can save panicky running through the airport at the last minute.

Enjoy a drink, but don’t go wild

A lot of people like to have an alcoholic drink before they fly – maybe to ease the nerves, or make the flight a bit more enjoyable.

On board a flight, the effects of drinking are intensified at higher altitudes, and even factoring in the pressurisation of the cabin, you will feel more intoxicated more quickly in an airplane than on the ground, so it is wise to drink in moderation.

Use waiting time wisely

There’s always a bit of hanging around at airport and, particularly when flying long-haul, hours to fill on the plane. This can be a great time to catch up on work with no distractions – and then to relax.

Check out the shops for things you've forgotten

If you've got time to kill at the airport there can be nothing better than browsing the shops.  Heathrow is almost a shopping destination, with a wide range of high-street and designer shops.

Even smaller airports offer duty-free shops where you can buy items such as perfume, jewellery and bottles of spirits without 20% VAT.

Speed through security and boarding

Make sure you know where your passport and boarding passes are because you don’t want to have to be going through your belongings at the last minute and potentially holding up the queue.

Make sure you don’t put them in a back pocket as they can easily fall out or be pinched by someone else!

Keep your possessions safe

Abandoned bags can be destroyed for security reasons, so always keep an eye on your belongings.

Tags are vital and tracking tags inside bags can ensure your luggage can be found and identified easily.

When on the plane, if you need to step away from your seat, to use the toilet for example, ensure you make your valuables are not visible. The same applies if you are sleeping.

Pack sensibly

Gifts for friends and relatives are great – providing they make it back to Britain safely. A great tip for carrying bottles safely, as you can’t carry them in hand luggage, is to wrap them in socks and put the neck of the bottle in a toilet roll, making sure it doesn’t touch the sides of the case directly.

Eat before you fly

Unless you have particular dietary requirements, there’s no reason to bring food along with you.

“I try and eat before a flight so I can choose something a little healthier – sometimes the choices aren’t great for a vegetarian. Giraffe is pretty good and I sometimes treat myself to Gordon Ramsay if I'm at Heathrow’s Terminal 5,” said Richard Ashforth, international creative director of Saco Hair. 

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