Make it easy next time you fly by following our top tips and alleviate any anxiety before you set off for some well-deserved rest and relaxation:
Arrive In Plenty Of Time
Booking into Springwood, enjoying a good night’s sleep and excellent breakfast before your flight automatically guarantees a relaxed start to your holiday. Taking advantage of Springwood’s 24 hour free courtesy transport service to and from Gatwick Airport will alleviate any stress – we cater for departures from both terminals, and also provide secure parking for your car whilst you are on holiday.
Check In Online
Most airlines now allow passengers to check-in twenty-four hours in advance – which means just going straight to security upon arrival at the airport. Online check-in allows printing tickets and boarding-passes at home and / or saving details to a smart-phone. Springwood is less than two miles from Gatwick Airport and with the combination of online check-in, free airport transfers and location – what could be more convenient?
Some airlines even offer a “Twilight Check-In” – this is very convenient if you are staying overnight at Springwood! This service allows you to drop off any luggage the day or evening before allowing you to completely relax knowing that you don’t have to suffer the long check-in queues before your flight.
“Less is more” when it comes to your holiday packing, and negotiating a heavy suitcase through the airport creates a lot of stress. If possible, try to travel with only carry-on bag as this means logging straight in at the computer, checking in and then through security in no time at all. Most of the time we over-pack and don’t need half the stuff we think we do – and remember, if you really need something, you can [usually] buy it there.
Be Security Aware
Security measures have become stricter over the past decade or so, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stressful. Make sure that all liquids (100ml or less) are packaged together in a small clear plastic bag, and that you do not have anything sharp, like tweezers, in your hand-luggage. Remember to empty everything out of your pockets into the conveyor-belt tray, and to make things really simple, wear slip-on shoes and as little jewellery and outdoor garments as possible.
Once you have cleared Security you might want to consider booking into one of the Airport Lounges which, with complimentary food, drink, Internet access, TVs, magazines and newspapers, are a reprieve from the noise and chaos in the main public areas. Lounge access is not necessarily expensive and the additional cost is a small price to pay to ensure your holiday starts off on the right footing.
Hand Luggage Essentials
To make sure that your flight is comfortable ensure you have the following items readily available:
- Snacks e.g. nuts / fruit
- iPhone / iPad / book
- Travel toothpaste and toothbrush
- Basic medication (paracetamol / aspirin / decongestant )
- Small tube of moisturizer / spritzer
- Small packet of handy wipes / tissues
Start Your Holiday The Stress-Free Way
The credit-card insurer CPP Group Plc has researched passenger’s attitudes towards flying and concluded that “four in ten people say airports make them feel stressed ….the problem has become so rife that one in ten of us are now avoiding flying altogether as a result and close to half of travellers find it difficult to relax until they’re safely on the plane. 45% of people believe the holiday doesn’t start until they’ve left the airport”.