If you’re anything like me, you tend to leave things to last minute. Which is both a blessing and a curse. Often I’ll find myself running around like a headless chicken trying to get everything organised before a trip. I have almost missed a few too many flights, but thankfully I’ll always snuck through at the last minute. Those 5-10 minutes before you arrive at the airport, train or bus station when you know you’re cutting it close is ridiculously stressful and something I definitely don’t need to experience again. I’ve learned a lot throughout my travels and here are some tips for a stress-free holiday:

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1) Book Airport Parking in Advance

Have you ever been running late to somewhere and simply been unable to find a park, resulting in you being later than you intended? Me too! Usually this is just frustrating, but if you’re late for a flight, it can be a very expensive mistake. Organising airport parking in advance is a fantastic way to reduce stress before a flight and ensure you make it on time. Numerous airports around the world offer the opportunity to pre-book airport parking in advance, keeping the costs reasonable. When I was flying out of Gatwick airport, I chose to use Gatwick parking to help keep my parking as stress-free as possible.

2) Weigh Your Bag as Early as Possible

I remember once flying a budget airline to Budapest and seeing absolute chaos at the check in counter. Not only did have the passengers have too much baggage, but many of them had bags that were ever-so-slightly too late for the carryon limit. I saw numerous passengers taking things out of their bags, wearing them and then trying to squish their bag down so they wouldn’t have to pay the 60 euro fee. I prefer to get to the airport early to weigh my bags, to ensure they are not over the limit. When this baggage fiasco was going down, I actually saw a couple miss their flight because they refused to pay more for their bag and then the check in counter closed.

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3) Bring Snacks
Nothing is worse than being stuck in the airport at some ridiculous hour with your stomach basically eating itself while you feel sick. When I flew out of Denpasar airport in Bali, onto Australia, I assumed there would be a food court of some description. I was wrong! There were only two food stands and they were horribly overpriced and the lines were huge. I battled with hunger before eventually caving for a something that somewhat resembled a sausage and cost way too much. I wish I’d just been prepared and brought snacks.

4) Force Yourself Awake

If you’ve got an early morning flight it can be pretty stressful worrying about whether you’ll wake up in time. I tend to set a number of alarms and back up alarms, but I have actually been known to sleep through them. One trick I’ve learned is to drink a lot of water before bed if you need to wake up in the middle of the night. A full bladder is the best natural alarm clock and your body will not let you snooze through it.
These are my tips for ensuring a stress free trip. Do you have any suggestions? Let me know in the comments below.