If you’re a frequent business traveller you may lament the amount of lost time that occurs due any number of issues – with checking in at the airport one of the biggest culprits. In many cases simply arriving at the airport in time is a great relief in itself but once you’re there it can sometimes feel like the life is being sucked out of you as you navigate everything from airport security to checking in. It’s no surprise that this can be frustrating but thankfully there are ways to make the process much easier and quicker.
See below for our top 6 tips for breezing through airport check-ins:
1. Review the Airport’s Layout
The first tip to help you speed up the time you spend checking in is to review the airports layout the night before you travel. This allows you to familiarise yourself with where you’ll need to be and saves you time by eliminating the need to ask for directions, turning up at the wrong desk, or god forbid, the wrong terminal.
2. Know the Rules on Liquids
Airport security has been tightened in recent years and this includes limits on the amount of liquids you can travel with. As such it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the rules regarding liquids so that you don’t waste time rooting through your luggage to find the offending items.
3. Avoid Large Amounts of Jewellery
Travelling light is an art in itself but one way to work towards that is by leaving any unnecessary jewellery at home as this can cause delays at security checkpoints. If you’re going to need any of your jewellery where you’re going then it is better to pack it away in your main luggage.
4. Arrive Early
Advising people to arrive early at the airport may seem a bit obvious but there really is a benefit to getting there well before your check in time. By doing so you’re more likely to find shorter queues which in turn results in reduced waiting times and less stress.
5. Pack Neatly
Packing your belongings neatly helps to make any security searches of your luggage go much quicker as anyone checking your bags will be able to see everything easily. This particularly applies to any electronics you may be asked to take out of your carry-on bags. Better yet, get a good bag that compartmentalises everything so you always know where your equipment is.
6. Think Ahead When Getting Ready
It is a good idea to wear clothing that is easily removable, especially if you’re likely to go through many security checkpoints. A lot of time can be lost taking things off and then putting everything back on as the metal detector continues to beep at you.
There are many ways to speed up your time at airport check-ins and these six tips can come in handy by saving you a lot of time and aggravation. Planning ahead and knowing what to expect as discussed above you may just be able to breeze through the airport check-ins like a true travel master!