Travel Tips for Summer Flights
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Now June is here and exams are coming to an end, many people’s thoughts may be turning to the holidays that they planned when summer still seemed so far off. For those of you who are planning to go abroad, and more specifically to fly there, here are a few tips. 1) Make sure you arrive at the airport in plenty of time: This might seem obvious, but it’s also pretty important and deserves to be repeated as much as possible. You should be at the airport two hours before your flight departs, and some airlines recommend you arrive even earlier than that. It’s far better to end up sitting around for a while than having to buy new tickets because you missed your plane. 2) Cross pack: When travelling with several people, try not to have ‘Jasmine’s suitcase’, ‘John’s suitcase’ and ‘James’s suitcase’. Instead, aim to have three (or however many) suitcases, each containing some of Jasmine’s stuff, some of John’s stuff and some of James’s stuff. This way if one or two of the suitcases get lost, everyone will still have something to wear.
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- If at all possible, anything irreplaceable should go in your carry-on bag, not in the suitcase that will be checked into the hold. That way, you won’t lose the earrings your grandma gave you for your 18th birthday, or the stuffed animal that you’ve had since you were child and still insist on travelling with.
- Include a change of clothes and a toothbrush. You never know when checked-in luggage might get lost or a flight cancelled.
- Remember the rules on liquids, or you might see your favourite perfume get chucked in the bin. No containers of more than 100 ml are allowed through airport security checks, and all such containers should be in a clear re-sealable plastic bag which should not have a volume greater than one litre. Losing your shampoo because it was in a 200ml container is not a great way to start your journey, and I speak from experience here.