6 things to help make the airport less stressful

 Well hello to you my reader chums! As many of you know, I am obsessed with travel. I love nothing more than booking my next trip and exploring somewhere new. It sets my soul on fire and is something, I'm glad to have back in my life after the hard two years many of us went through.

As I'm always travelling, going to the airport is second nature to me and genuinely still excites me every time I enter its doors. Saying this, I know for many the airport can be stressful and it's not always a rainbow experience. However, over the years, I've learnt some tips to make it a little bit less stressful.

Whether you're a newbie traveller or aren't a fan of the airport, here are 6 things to make the airport less stressful.

6 things to help make the airport less stressful

Organise your documents before you go

Documents can be a bit of a pain when travelling and that's why it's always important to be organised with them. I always like to have mine in one place, whether that's in a plastic sleeve or an easy accessible mini bag I can pull out from. Luckily, today you can get your boarding passes online which makes it pretty easy to have at hand. But for an extra precaution, it's always best to print off a copy of your boarding pass and store it in the same place as your passport.

Have all your liquids in one place

The whole liquid process is probably my least favourite thing about the airport, especially as I mostly travel with a small suitcase rather than checking in a big bag, as I find it's cheaper, quicker and I'm used to packing light. A tip I picked up and have been using over the years is to buy a see-through style makeup bag (size of 20cmx 20cm) and put all my liquids in there. I do this before I head to the airport as that way, there is no faffing when I get there and my liquids are ready to go through security. It has been a time saver and a half. Also, always remember to take any liquids out of your normal handbag and put them in there too as that's something which always catches me out.

Bring a tote bag for security

I don't go anywhere without a tote bag, I find it the most useful thing to carry around as you never know when you may need it and they're very compact. To make the security process quicker, I store all the things I need to take out of my luggage in a tote bag so I can easily pull them out and put them in the trays. This includes liquids, electricals and appliances. Airports can vary on what you need to take out and put in the trays to be looked at - so I'd recommend checking before heading to the airport.

Get there with extra time in advance

They always recommend giving at least 2 hours before your flight leaves to arrive at the airport, but if I were you, I'd recommend more like 2.5/3, especially if you've got luggage to check-in. It may sound excessive, but you never know how busy it will be, whether there will be long queues or any other delayed scenario that can put you behind schedule. The extra time also gives you the opportunity to relax at the airport, rather than rushing from one thing to the next.

Map out your airport experience

This may seem a bit like over-planning but it can really help with your peace of mind and travel anxiety when going to the airport. I always like to map out the airport experience. For example, arrive, head to departures, go through security, grab some food, find somewhere to sit and wait for the gate then go to the toilet before heading to the gate. If you have a mini route in your head of what you're doing, you can gradually tick it off and it'll help you feel less overwhelmed.

Download a podcast/your favourite music

Airports can be rammed at any time in the day and that means lots of noise and people rushing about, which isn't exactly the most settling environment before you head to your flight. I would always recommend downloading a podcast or putting a playlist on which can help your experience some sort of zen and zone out all of that bustle.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What other tips do you have?

Thank you for reading <3

1 comment

  1. Thanks for sharing, these are great tips to be less stressed before flying, I also find get any medication prepared before you fly, with all the letters, as sometimes they can be funny about it :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures


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