As the holiday season draws closer and many holiday-goers making final plans and arrangements for the holiday, things can get quite chaotic. This includes the final rush at work to get things done before many companies close their doors for the festive season. To make things easier, here is a few travel tips, compiled by Travel Leaders to help you make your holiday planning a bit easier.
Create a checklist – check twice
Planning a holiday can take up quite a lot of your free time. When the time arrives for you to leave on a trip, you might almost every time forget something at home. Small things that can be very important can make the start of your holiday quite stressful, such as chargers, prescription medication, etc. Your destination might not have the necessary shops to replace the forgotten item. Should you be able to replace the forgotten item at your holiday destination, you will spend money that you otherwise could have put to better use on your holiday.
Therefore it is best that you create a checklist of all things that you will need on your trip. Check that you have everything and check a second time. This way you will not forgot any essential items.
Digital and hard copies of ID document and papers
Anything can happen when you are travelling to another country or local city. To make sure that you don’t get caught with your pants on your ankles, make a few digital and hard copies of your passport and your ID document. Put them in different bags and places. This way you will always have a copy available should you unfortunately lost a suitcase or travel bag.
Travelling with minors, it is best that you also make copies of their Unabridged Birth Certificates.
Prescription medication in original containers
According to Travel Leaders, it is recommended that you keep your prescription medication in their original containers. These containers must be placed in a plastic bag and kept together. Always take a few extra with you if you flight or trip gets delayed. Make sure that you also pack a small first-aid kit for those unfortunate events.
Online flight check-in
Most airlines allow travellers to check-in online 24 hours before their flight. This way you will skip the queue and don’t have to stand in long airports queues to check-in. You will need to check-in the traditional way if you wait until a few hours before your flight.
All airlines have strict policies and rules when it comes to baggage. Your baggage should follow their rules and guidelines to assure that they meet the airline’s size and weight restrictions.
Carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg is allowed for economy class passengers. The dimensions of these luggage is restricted to a maximum size of 36cm x 23cm x 56cm.
You are also allowed to take your handbag or your laptop, within a slim-line bag with you as hand luggage. Make sure you take your laptop out of the bag before going through security scanners at airports.
Gift-wrapping, a big no-no
Security at airports is ever increasing and trying to get a gift-wrapped package through security can cause you much trouble at airport security. Rather wait until you have reached your destination before wrapping any gifts.
Valid ID documents
Children that are travelling with a companion are excused to provide proof of identification. This is false for travellers that are 18+ years old. Make sure your ID documents will not expire during your holiday before you return home.
Your passport in good condition and updated
Always keep your passport in a safe place where it doesn’t get damaged when you are not using it. Damaged passports will cause suspicion and might mean the end to a long awaited trip.
Make sure that you have a least 2 complete blank pages in your passport and that your passport will not expire during your trip. Most visas’ requires that you passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return date.
Always use the same name on your passport when booking a flight. Women travellers that were recently married should be extra vigilant here. In such cases, take a copy of your marriage certificate with you. A small misspelling on your flight ticket can lead to you being denied access to a country and your holiday ending before it started.
If your physical appearance has changed, this might also lead to denied access. Luckily this does not include a new hairstyle, growing a beard or ageing. Get a new passport when you undergone a major facial surgery or trauma, dramatic weigh loss, piercings that might alter the way you look dramatically or a gender transition.
Know emergency contacts
Going on holiday, you will always need to have an emergency contact on you. This way, if something happens to you, your next of kin or spouse can be contacted immediately. In addition to this, you will also need to keep emergency numbers of the South African Embassy in the country you’re visiting with you. This also includes numbers for ambulances, hospital, police, etc.
If you have a South African medical aid, you can also check with your medical aid scheme if you’re covered in the country you’re visiting. Let them know beforehand and find out what the procedure is if you find that you need to visit a hospital, a doctor or need an emergency operation.
Having sufficient travel insurance can also help you when your health turns for the worst while on holiday in a foreign country.
If you keep these tips in mind and adhere to them, you will definitely have a wonderful holiday without stress and worrying. With these airline travel tips, you can book a flight online and have an enjoyable holiday.
Do you have more airline tips to share? Leave a comment below and let us know how you make your holiday even more enjoyable.