Holiday checklist: 6 things to do before you travel

Jenai Laignel / 24 October 2014 ( 23 June 2016 )

Everyone wants their holiday to go without a hitch, so we’ve put together some useful to-dos before you jet off on your trip.

6. Pre-book your airport parking

Although you'll be busy packing your holiday essentials, don't forget to pre-book your airport parking.

It only takes a few minutes of your time, but benefits include a better price, greater choice of parking position and less stress once you get to the airport.

5. Pack your suitcase the right way

In order to avoid the nerve-wracking moment when your suitcase is placed on the scales, pack sensibly to avoid excess baggage fees.

From investing in a lighter suitcase to buying travel-sized toiletries, there are many ways this can be achieved.

Here are a few tricks, tips and pearls of wisdom to help you pack your suitcase with confidence.

4. Book your car hire

It's often something on the to-do list that is brushed aside, with many believing they can pick up a hire car from the airport once they reach their destination. However, booking your car hire well in advance can save you up to 70%!

3. Arrange an airport lounge

You don't have to be a first-class business traveller to use an airport lounge!

Airport Lounges are available to anyone looking for a place to unwind before their flight, and are surprisingly inexpensive. Plus, it'll save you from spending a fortune at the Duty Free!

Are airport lounges worth it?

2. Download the best travel apps

Some apps can prove invaluable whilst you're on holiday – from WhatsApp, which allows you to keep in touch with your loved ones back home for free, to FlightTrack 5, which tells you the updated status of your flight.

Read about the must-have travel apps

1. Book your stay in an airport hotel

Ensure your holiday gets off to a flying start by pre-booking an airport hotel.

There's nothing worse than arriving at the airport stressed and late after unexpected traffic jams. Relax and rest-up in the knowledge that you're only minutes away from your terminal.