Travelling by plane can either be your idea of heaven or hell. I’ll let you into a secret. I don’t like flying. I get so ridiculously nervous before I fly that I usually feel nauseous until I’m sat down (preferably by the window), seat belt fastened and we’re airborne. I don’t like take off, never have and probably never will. But I do love travelling and seeing new places and that normally involves having to get on a plane.
While I don’t like getting on the plane, there is something magical about flying. As well as getting you from A to B, there’s something so beautiful and calming about being above the clouds. For starters, it’s always sunny! And living in Scotland that’s always an incentive.
My top tips for flying:
- Leave plenty of time to get to the airport
While it can feel like you’re spending your entire day travelling if you get to the airport too early, it’s better than panicking about the time and spending the beginning of your holiday stressing. Airports are pretty nice nowadays and have lots of places to get a coffee, have a shop and enjoy some free wifi. Even better, when you’re flying abroad everything is duty free so the shops are even more appealing! Some airports also have really fantastic play areas for children to burn off some energy before the flight. For Manchester Airport’s facilities, please click here and for Heathrow, please click here.
- Know what you can take through security
This reduces the stress of having your bag searched and having to throw stuff away or check it in. Don’t be caught out by some toiletry sizes. I bought what I thought was a small deodorant but turned out even that was too big. Only the teeny travel size ones are accepted.
Edinburgh Airport’s website has a great page detailing clearly what you can and cannot take through airport security.
- Take plenty of water onboard
It’s always tempting to get straight into holiday mode and start on the tasty drinks but flying is dehydrating. One thing that Edinburgh Airport has, which I love, is a bottle-filling water fountain after security. You can take an empty bottle through security and fill it up on the other side. Amazing! I’m not sure if other UK and Irish airports do this but hopefully it will catch on! Otherwise most of the shops usually have good deals on multi-buys of water.
- Pre-plan how you’re getting to your accommodation
It’s always good to know where you can get your transfer from or pick up the car hire when you get to your destination. Most airports have great maps of the terminals on their website so you can plan your journey before you get there. I advise this because I once spent the first hour of a holiday in Copenhagen trying to figure out how to get out of the airport… lovely airport and all but the city itself is nicer!
Flying with children
I don’t have children but I can imagine flying with kids brings up a whole other set of things to think about. Skyscanner have an amusing article about ‘tips for keeping kids happy on board.’
Wherever you’re flying off to this summer, we hope you have a fantastic time!