Who’s excited to finally be going on holiday this year? For some of us this will be the first time many of us have left the country, and whilst many have been hopping all over the place with work, covid-19 has undoubtedly restricted our much needed ‘holiday time’.

As we have been in lockdown for some time, you are probably wondering how to get ready for your big adventure. Whether you are going to the Caribbean or you are planning on an adventure across Norway, prepping for your holiday and flight is crucial. Luckily for you, we have created a short checklist to ensure that you are prepared! Follow this simple list, and you won’t have to worry on your departure day.

Ensure you have packed the essentials

Before anything else, you need to ensure that you have packed your suitcase; accordingly, you don’t want to be caught unprepared! To begin with, you need to think about where you are going and what you will need. In this case, if you are going somewhere hot, think about towels, shorts, t-shirts, comfy footwear, hats, etc. Yet, if you are going somewhere that’s known to rain, like Vietnam, you may want to bring waterproofs.

Smaller items like sun cream, toiletries, and hats can be brought with you, but don’t worry if you have forgotten something as you can buy things on your holiday! Just make sure you have the right currency or that you have made your bank aware of your movements.

Yet, there are some essentials you can’t live without:

  • Passport (you need this one!)
  • Underwear
  • Toothbrush and small toiletries
  • Phone charger & adapter
  • Comfy footwear

Size up your bag

No, not like that, actually get a tape measure and weighing scales out! With many airlines having strict luggage size limits for carry-on bags and suitcases, you need to ensure that you meet their guidelines. If you don’t you could end up awkwardly having to unpack in front of a queue of people at the check-in desk…

Instead, grab your suitcase and measure its dimensions along with its full weight. Cross reference these with your flight provider who will have all of these details on their website. If your bag is over the weight restrictions, then you need to lighten the load!

Be organised

Whilst you can use fantastic apps like ‘App in the air’ or ‘TripIt’ which allow you to check your flight status, check-in times, gate numbers, and nearby lounges, we do suggest you do some of your own research.

If you like to do things the good old-fashioned way, then you may want to print out your tickets and bring a file with you. It may seem a bit ‘needless’ but trust us when we say that this is super useful as it means you have checked everything twice! This will ultimately help you avoid needless stress on the day.

App in the air


Do you remember the last time you got a flight? You had to be at the airport at six in the morning! It was a nightmare trying to park up, pay for your long-stay ticket, and then worrying about losing your car keys on your holiday. It’s not the one. Well, that’s where companies like UVA fit in.

Skip the hassle of driving or getting public transport by using UVA to pre-book a cab. Simply download the app, and add your pickup and drop-off locations, and you can book a fantastic driver in seconds. One less thing for you to worry about!

Bring some entertainment

Waiting for a flight can be incredibly dull. Although you get the chance to wander around duty free, ultimately you will be sat down outside your flight waiting to board. And this can take hours. With a family, this can be even worse.

So, make sure you bring some entertainment! Ensure that you bring a book, magazine, wordsearch, or download some films on your smartphone. Or if you are the sleeping type, bring a travel pillow so you can have a snooze whilst you wait.

We also advise that you pack some small snacks whilst you are waiting, as you are not you when you are hungry…

With all this in mind, we hope this brief list helps prepare you for your flight. As you may have noticed, preparation is key. If you think you can wing a flight last-minute, then you may find yourself having a hard time…

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