Last minute packing, busy airports and long flights can leave anyone feeling frazzled. We asked the travel experts for their top tips on how to get holiday ready without the stress.
- Ways to save space in your bag, even if you're at the airport
- How to protect yourself against lost luggage
- Tips for a comfortable flight
Packing advice from the pros
1. Check the airline's cabin luggage allowance
'Cabin luggage allowances differ from airline to airline and can change, so always check before you fly,' says Kate Simon, former travel editor of the Independent on Sunday and co-author of Lonely Planet's How To Pack For Any Trip (@lonelyplanet).
2. Don't forget a see-through bag
'The 100ml liquids rule in hand luggage continues to apply at UK airports,' says Kate. 'Pack them in a transparent plastic bag and put it in a side pocket for a less stressful experience at security.'
New scanners are expected to change this restriction over the next few years but for now it is still in place.
Many UK airports have plastic bags available, but you don't want to be hunting through your luggage for liquids if you're in a rush to get on a plane. Don’t forget to pack hand sanitizer.
3. Consider cross-packing
'Travelling with a friend or family? Consider cross-packing,' says Richard Krulik, CEO of Briggs & Riley. 'Pack each person's essential items in both bags. That way, if a suitcase is lost, everyone will still be able to enjoy their trip until the bag is found.'
4. Make your suitcase recognisable
'Attach a tie or unusual ribbon onto your suitcase so you can easily recognise it when you land,' says Nina Hobson, who has lived in seven countries and runs The Expater blog.
Advice for a fantastic flight
11. Keep moving for a comfortable flight
'Keep your circulation going by circling your ankles and drawing the lower-case alphabet with your toes,' says Barbara Currie, a yoga teacher and former air hostess.
12. Wear comfortable clothes
'Travel comfortably – on long flights, wear loosely fitted trousers,' says Chris Orlikowski, Group PR and communications director for COMO Hotels and Resorts.
13. Arriving before check-in? No problem
'If you're arriving before check-in, email the hotel directly and ask to use the pool and store your bags,' says John Spencer, frequent traveller and founder of luxury travel blog Eight Roads.
There's plenty you can do to be as prepared as possible for your travels, from travel insurance to charging your gadgets and even finding the perfect comfy flight clothes, so you can get that holiday feeling started before you take off.
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