You are set to take your flight to your destination. Whether it’s your maiden flight or you are a frequent flyer, airports especially the huge ones can be stressful. Going through various security points, from counter to counter and from terminal to another to the boarding gate can be stressful. It is worse when you cannot trace your luggage or you don’t have your documents together. Organize yourself in advance to avoid airport-related stress.
Apart from the usual airport issues, arriving late for your flight will be more stressful. If you know you are running late or you want to reduce your waiting time at the counter, it will make a significant different to check-in online prior departure. Most airlines offer this service on their website and have self-service kiosks at the airport.
You just run your ticket and travel documents and you can proceed to the immigration. When at the check-in counter, look for a queue that is not long, the passengers ahead of you do not have many bags and does not have a family with kids. This will save you time.
You should arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to your flight or even three. This is because you cannot predict what will happen on the road. Being stuck in heavy traffic means you will have limited time at the airport which increases stress or you will miss your flight. It’s a waste of time and you will spend more to change your flight.
Ask for Directions
It’s easy to get lost after you have checked-in and heading to the gate. Some people have been left behind after they got lost trying to find the boarding gate. It helps to ask the check-in staff or the uniformed agents on how to get to that specific gate and how long it will take. Being on the right direction will not only keep you away from airport stress, but it will also save you time.
Keep Your Documents Together
You should keep your travel documents together in advance. At least two days earlier and have them within reach as long as you are at the airport. From your passport, health certificates, visa to medical clearance forms if any, have them within reach. You do not want to get to the airport only to find out that some of your documents are missing.
While at the airport and you feel nervous about your travel or you cannot find your way, do not be embarrassed to ask for assistance. It will save you time.