1. Label Your Luggage
Luggage not arriving at the destination has the kind of trip-ruining potential that even the most frequent travelers cringe at the thought of. Before jetting off write your timeshare resort address on the front of your luggage tag and your home address on the reverse, including an email address and mobile number. Prevent anyone picking up your case accidentally by sprucing it up with some brightly colored ribbon.
2. Travel Light
No one ever regretted travelling light so leave any unnecessary items at home. It’ll save you the stress of having to manoeuvre through airport crowds laden down, and save you paying excess baggage fees or incurring a festive injury hauling your case off the carousel in arrivals. As long as you’ve got the novelty reindeer jumper and the elasticated trousers for when you’ve over-indulged on the 25th, the rest can stay behind.
3. Remember to Pack Chargers and Adaptors
Nothing’s more annoying than forgetting an important charger. So make sure to pack all chargers for any electrical equipment you plan to take with you, including phones, ipads, cameras, laptops and the right adaptors for your destination – keep them all in one tech/electric sealable plastic bag to protect them from any spillage en route. Charge everything before you leave home and, in case of a long delay, consider packing your smartphone and tablet chargers in your hand luggage so you don’t run out of juice.
4. Have Liquids Ready Bagged and Laptops Ready
Security queues at the airport can be longer than usual during the festive period, with so many more people trying to take off or return home. Save time by having all liquids in 100ml containers organised in one see-through re-sealable plastic bag. Take a spare bag to avoid having to pay for one at the airport. Pack your laptops and ipads somewhere accessible so you can whip them out with ease at the checkpoint. This way you’ll speed through security and have time to splurge on those last minute Duty Free Christmas gifts.
5. Print off the Name and Address of Your Hotel
Avoid looking like a lost tourist at the terminal taxi rank, trying to guess in which direction where your hotel might be by printing out your destination address and taking a screenshot of the map or directions on your smartphone. Also consider taking a copy of your hotel reservation to ensure a smooth and speedy check-in process once you arrive.