With light finally starting to show at the end of the tunnel, it’s beginning to look like international travel will be back on the agenda again soon!
By which time, it will have been nearly 2 years since most of us have even considered thinking about hopping on a plane to somewhere warm – and having not done it for so long, you start to forget the simple things.
Plus, a lot has changed since 2019.
Here are some basic things that you’ve probably totally forgotten to think about before heading back to the airport:
Is your passport in date?
This one gets us in trouble at the best of times but with such a long time since anyone has looked at their passport, now is a good time to check! You should have at least 6 months left on your passport for most destinations, even longer for some places.
If you don’t fancy heading out to look for an overpriced passport photo booth, then Passport Photo Code UK can help! Simply take a picture on your phone, upload your digital passport photo to the app and use the code they generate to apply for a new passport online. You won’t have to leave the house.
Airport friendly hand gels
Whilst hand gel has become a very normal part of everyone’s life, remember that airports only let you take 100ml liquids in your hand luggage. Make sure to either pick up a small handbag-sized one or invest in some mini travel bottles to decant your big home hand gels into before heading to catch your flight.
Finding the right mask
Nobody enjoys wearing a mask but it’s something you’ll have to do for a little longer than usual when boarding your next flight. Be sure to have a hunt around for one that you find comfortable to make your flight experience as enjoyable as possible.
Consider leaving extra early
It has always been important to leave enough time to get to the airport and to get through security but consider you may need to leave even earlier now due to all the Covid travel restrictions. People will need to be distanced within the airport which could mean that things take even longer than before plus lots of airline workers are still furloughed so expect longer wait times for check-in and security.
Have your proof of vaccine ready
It’d be a smart idea to make sure you have the NHS app already downloaded and populated with your details to cut out any extra stress at check-in. Take a screenshot of your QR code prior to leaving to make sure you’re ready even if you haven’t got a connection at the airport.
Make some reservations in advance
It’s very likely that most places will be operating at a reduced capacity so if there are places that you know you 100% want to visit, make some reservations as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
And remember to enjoy yourself! It’s been a long time for all of us and after everything that has happened, going on holiday again is going to be even more exciting than ever before!