Going on vacation is an exciting time for the whole family and for many, the airport experience is also part of the adventure – you can grab a bargain at the duty free stores, as well as sit in a bar and enjoy the hubbub of excitement around you. However, for many others the airport is a place of high stress and anxiety rather than anticipation. To help you feel excited about traveling again, here are four tips for ensuring a smooth airport experience.
- Allow plenty of time
The tasks of checking in your luggage, going through security, and finding your gate all become overwhelming in a hectic and often sprawling complex. While you might think that you have left yourself enough time for a leisurely stroll through duty free, there are a lot of things that could delay your progress through the airport. Allow plenty of time checking your passport validity and if it’s outdated, take action immediately on processing your passport renewal. When you are traveling has an impact – traveling at the height of vacation season, for instance, means that there are likely to be more people at the airport, meaning that queues are longer. Furthermore, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many airports have implemented new rules to help prevent the spread of the virus, which may further slow down your progress through the airport. When deciding how early to arrive before your flight, the general guidance is two hours for domestic flights and three hours for international flights.
- Reserve a parking lot
Searching for parking at the airport can take a while, and if you eventually find a space that is a long walk from your terminal, your stress levels are probably already rising without having set foot in the building. However, you can easily remove the stressful search for parking by reserving a parking lot at the same time as booking your flights. You can choose a lot that suits your exact needs, whether that is for long-term or short-term parking, and if the lot is situated further away from your terminal, shuttle transport is provided. Visit Parkon.com for more information about reserving an airport parking lot.
- Organize yourself for security
No one wants to be the person holding up a line of hassled travelers at security, not having removed all their electrical items and metallic objects before going through the metal detectors. It’s common knowledge by now what to expect when going through airport security, so speed the process up by preparing beforehand. Remove all metallic items such as watches, belts, and jewelry and place in your hand luggage. Place any liquids in a clear one-quart bag for screening, and have your paperwork and ID ready to show airport staff.
- Know where your gate is
Avoid the horror of hearing the last call for your flight announced only to realize that the gate is a 10-minute walk away by identifying exactly where your gate is. Keep an eye on the departure board so that you know exactly when your gate is open and has started boarding.