Our Families Top Tips For Effortless Travelling
Now that our children are growing up, Simon and I are travelling more than ever. I must admit it is a lot easier travelling without four children, especially when your husband is a control freak at the airport. Simon couldn't believe the amount of "stuff" the family had to pull out of our bags to go through security as he smugly walked through with his book! He also struggled when we checked in all our suitcases, so to make this a simple routine, we made Simon park the car in long-term parking and as he walked back we calmly checked in.
But even with the airport sorted, I am sure we all have stories about our travels and what went wrong. I have had friends travelling to the "stylish" European countries who didn't receive their luggage until their holiday was nearly over (my worst travel nightmare)! While travelling to Italy last year I purchased the Italian plug so I could use my hairdryer, only to arrive and find out it had two Australian slots and not the required three! Luckily I have short hair.
You can't help some things, but if you are preparing for a holiday that requires air travel, we have some tips here that may save you both time and money.
When packing your bags, be sure to pack with care, especially with any luggage you will be checking in which can be thrown around to the joy of the baggage handlers. If you have liquids in your checked bags, like shampoo and conditioner, skincare and sunscreens, a great tip is to wrap them in a recycled plastic grocery bag or a zip lock lunch bag. This will prevent them spilling all over your luggage, which happened to guess who???
It's a great idea to include all your electronic devices such as ipads, cameras and laptops, plus their charging cables, in your onboard bags. Why? When you arrive at your destination, your laptop won't be broken because it's covered in shampoo - yes - guess who again! An extra hint; ensure your kids take good care of these items at the airport and don't have a backpack with a video camera in it with the films of your holiday on it stolen. Yep. Us again...
We never have to worry about being late for our flights because our time-keeper, aka "husband and father", wakes us up at the crack of dawn to be at the airport so early that we are often waiting for the flights to open. But on a serious note, please be sure to arrive early for your flight, especially if travelling with young children, which can be stressful enough. Generally speaking, airlines ask you to arrive at least an hour earlier than the flight for domestic travel and two hours before an international flight, but a recommendation is to research your airline for their rules. Better safe than sorry.
Our last tip I learned when travelling with four "I'm hungry Mum" children, that no matter what they ate beforehand, they were like "The Hungry Caterpillar" and still hungry. When the children were young I had healthy snacks in my "huge" bag (which Simon loved me taking through security as I am always the one they check). This way it didn't cost me a fortune at the airport, or on certain airlines where you pay for food. Again, check to see which foods you can take. When flying domestically it is ok to carry food onboard, but when flying internationally, the kids consume the food at the airport.
Before your trip, also familiarise yourself with the rules and restrictions of the airline and baggage limits, both in the number of bags you can have and their weights. I paid a fortune in Bali as my bag was overweight (why doesn't this surprise you)? You may already know most of the rules, but check when booking to see if there are any restrictions on your ticket, such as if you need to purchase your food and drinks, onboard luggage restrictions and security regulations. The last is important as it will mean you do not have to toss out valuable items that are prohibited.
Do you have any travel tips or stories you would like to share? Please leave a comment below. I am looking forward to reading them.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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