Whether you’re heading away for a city break, a business trip, or you’re about to embark on a family holiday, the airport can be a stressful experience. To ensure everything runs smoothly and you stay calm before you board your flight, we’ve put together some handy tips you may want to take into consideration.

Know where your airport is

Make sure you know exactly where the airport is and how you’re going to get there. It’s recommended that you plan your route in advance and make allowances for any build up in traffic or roadworks, and remember to leave yourself more than enough time. Then if the worst happens and you find yourself stuck in traffic, you won’t find your stress levels increasing.

Take a screenshot of your boarding pass

With more and more airlines moving in the direction of ticketless boarding passes, you should think about taking a screenshot of yours. By using a screenshot, you won’t have to fire up the airline app on your phone which could run into connectivity issues. A screenshot will still work at the scanning stage, so as soon as you get your boarding pass via the airline app, screenshot it and save the picture in a safe folder on your phone. Alternatively, if you’re worried about your phone’s less than reliable battery life, you could always do it the old fashioned way and print your boarding pass off.

Take a clear plastic bag

Although some airports hand these out at security, it’s always best to take a spare one or two in case you have to divide your toiletries up. Carrying a spare clear plastic bag is one of the best ways you can save time at security, along with removing any metal items well in advance of reaching the detector.

Figure out parking

Airport parking can be a nightmare, especially if you haven’t planned ahead. In order to avoid any unnecessary stress on the day of departure, you can save yourself a great deal of time and money simply by booking airport parking online. For full details on inexpensive car parks that offer excellent links to all of the UK’s major airports, see our home page.

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