If you have a short temper like me then standing in line whilst other people mess around can be quite the bad start to your vacation or business trip, or maybe the reasons are even health related, either way the airport is a stressful environment and making your time there short and pleasant is important.
For only a small extra fee you can be one of the first people to board the aircraft, this gives you a more private and pleasant experience to get onto the plane without being rushed or pushed if you have any health issues or just want a more relaxed journey. Most airlines will allow you to choose your seats when you get onto the aircraft, which is great if you’re travelling as a large family and don’t want to be separated.
Show up to the airport at a sensible time
Airports usually require you to check in two hours before your flight to allow for any queueing time, but don’t lose track of time and make sure you find your departure lounge and wait in it so that you’re not rushing to board your aircraft on the last minute, you don’t want to miss your flight. Showing up at 6am for a noon flight is too early, but make sure you show up with adequate time before the deadline to check-in. If you’re unsure of the final time you are able to check-in for your flight then check your website of the airline you are flying with.
The biggest tip for saving time at the airport
Only take hand luggage for your trip. Hand luggage doesn’t have to be small, just so long as it isn’t bigger than the dimensional limits and weight limits that your airline sets for hand luggage, but you can fit a lot in your hand luggage if you make the most of your space, I can fit enough clothes for a week and my MacBook Air as well as any toiletries I may need whilst there into a cabin bag. If you’re short of time looking for a cabin bag then you can even buy cabin bags at your local supermarket these days. This can really cut down on the amount of time you spend in the airport, you don’t have to spend so long checking in and when you reach your destination as you don’t have to wait for your luggage to come around on the conveyor belt. There is a box at the airport to let you make sure your bag will fit into the overhead compartment, it’s fine making sure your luggage is the correct size, but make sure you don’t overfill your bag as airlines do have a weight limit and you can be fined for going over this.
What are your tips for saving time at the airport? Let us know in the comments.