Planning your Trip
Before Your Trip
– It’s important to check the rules relating to baggage with your airline, as these can vary between companies. Check out this blog which includes some of the UKs most popular airlines hand lugagge allowances if you’re unsure!
– Look at the times of your flights and plan accordingly. Need to travel during rush hour? Leave an hour or so early; better to be too early than stressing out and being late!
– Another really great option if you have a particularly early flight is to book into a hotel close to the airport. These can be really reasonable and it means that your trip to the airport for your flight is a lot less stressful! In some cases these hotels also offer parking as part of their package.
Packing your bags
- Ensure that you have your passport and boarding passes.
- Travelling to the US or Canada? Be sure to apply for your ESTA or eTA in plenty of tme.
- Have you got your currency or travel cards?
- Ensure you have adequate travel insurance for the trip
- Carry your Driving License (if you have one) on you for additional ID purposes
- You might not forget your phone or tablet but remember the respective chargers!
- Magazines, books, games / music player*
- Change of clothes – you never know!
- Tatsy snacks*
- Leave any of the banned items at home or risk delays at security.
- If packing medicines, ensure that they are in their original packaging to avoid any delay or confiscation at customs.
- Taking a gift to someone? Don’t gift wrap it! It may have to be unwrapped by security staff or customs.
- Travelling when ill? Check out the dedicated page of The Department of Health for help and advice for those travelling abroad.
*proven to be a great distraction for the children!
- Electrical adapters or extension cable if you don’t have many adapters
- Photocopies of all important documents (passport, insurance and visas) packed separately from the originals
- Travelling with a partner, friends or children? Out bits of eachothers luggage in different suitcases in case one gets lost!
- All liquid items bigger than 100ml
- All of your other holiday essentials – yes, take the dodgy sun-hat!
Travelling with Children
– Make a list of everything you will need. Security measures mean that you can only carry enough baby food and drink for the duration of the journey onto the plane.
– Pack extra snacks, drinks, colouring books, crayons and (if they’re young) their favourite cuddly toy.
– Ensure all of the children’s passports are valid and that you have a safe, yet easily accessible, bag or belt to carry them in.
– Invest in one or two large, sturdy carry on bags with multiple sections instead of using lots of small bags. This will allow you to focus on keeping your children safe and happy without having to worry about lost luggage.
– Many airports have special children’s facilities so be sure to check them out. At Birmingham, you’ll find the awesome interactive SkyZone to keep the youngsters occupied!
Passengers requiring special assistance can obtain information, tips, guides and support from:
Disabled Living Foundation
0300 999 0004
Disability Rights UK
0330 995 0400
Royal National Institute for the Blind
0303 123 9999
Action on Hearing Loss
0808 808 0123
Another really useful resource is this tips for senior travellers page from our Heathrow Airport Guide