If you’re going away for a Christmas trip this year, you need to make sure that you’re prepared so you can avoid as much stress as possible – it’s the most wonderful time of the year, after all! You can only really get into the festive spirit once your plans are all in place, so make sure you start early and get ahead of the game using our guide to getting ready for Christmas travel. Read on for our tips for travelling at Christmas.
It’s the Christmas holiday season, so you’re likely to have a lot of luggage if you’re away for the 25th. From bundles of presents to extra layers of clothing, making sure that you have the right baggage for your trip will help it run as smoothly as possible. Here are some of our top tips:
- Buy all of your presents early so that you can be fully prepared with knowing what luggage you need. Be sure to check the baggage allowance of the airline you’re travelling with well in advance, as it varies between each company.
- Speaking of, don’t skimp on the hold luggage. If you’re travelling at Christmas it’s likely that you’ll have a lot to carry and possibly even more to bring back – so don’t try and force everything into one bag.
- You may even want to take an extra suitcase if you’re planning to do any shopping. That way you can safely bring back all your goodies and gifts without having to worry if they’ll fit.
- Pack your presents properly to avoid them breaking in transit – if you’ve spent the time buying them, you want them to make it there in one piece!
- Avoid the hassle altogether and do presents before or after your Christmas trip. Either that or bring the smaller ones along, or opt for ‘experience’ gifts that take up little to no room in your hand luggage, saving any heavier or bigger presents for later. If the kids won’t buy the idea, just tell them that this way they’ll get two Christmases!
- Or, you could even send your gifts ahead of time to avoid having to take any extra luggage. Just make sure you warn any family or friends not to open them before the 25th!
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Keep up the festivities
The festive season is often seen as an opportunity to dress up the house and spend quality time together, so going away during the Christmas break can sometimes come with difficulties. Take a stocking or something the family associates with the holiday festivities with you – so that you feel ready to celebrate Christmas, wherever you are.
Prep your home
Make sure you’ve turned off the hot water and heating, as well as putting your electrics on standby to prevent burst pipes or any other issues. That would really dampen the Christmas spirit!
Don’t pack too light!
If you’re travelling to a location where you know you’re going to need extra layers and protection from the weather, it may be worth checking in an extra bag for your winter warmers.
Check your luggage
When travelling abroad for Christmas, you’re likely going to have more excess luggage than usual. Check with your airline ahead of time to ensure that your luggage is within the required limits. If you’re even a kilo or two out, you could find yourself spending a lot more money than planned!
Planning on taking some Christmas crackers or decorations along with you? Take a look at a list of airlines that will accept them.
Know what you need
If you’re travelling with ski equipment, you’ll need to purchase a travel bag designed purposely for that – but there may be some additional fees you have to pay so check with your airline before you travel.
Decide in advance where you want to eat and make reservations before you leave, because restaurants can get pretty booked up over the festive season.
Keep your house safe
Ask a family member or friend to check up on your house while you’re away to help prevent any potential burglaries – and remember to set the house alarm if you have one.
Check the weather
Check any weather warnings before you go – if there’s anything that may prevent your flight from leaving or landing, it’s worth preparing yourself beforehand.
How to Start Off Your Christmas Trip, the Right Way
Are you travelling with presents to gift to family and friends? Avoid the hassle of getting them on an airport transfer bus with our VIP meet and greet parking packages. Leave your car at the airport door and start off your trip stress-free. Perfect if you’re short on time or laden with bulky luggage.
Book a hotel room to stay in the night before your flight for a luxurious start to your Christmas trip. But that’s not all. Booking pre-flight accommodation also comes with multiple practical benefits, including avoiding early morning travel, traffic and the overall stress of getting to the airport on time. At APH, we offer a vast selection of venues to cater to all budgets and needs.
You could also push the boat out and book into an airport lounge to avoid the Christmas chaos (we’ve all seen Home Alone). Get to the airport with plenty of time to spare and unwind in a VIP airport lounge where you can help yourselves to complimentary food and drink, whilst soaking in the front row views of the runway. Escape the hustle and bustle of the hectic airport environment and take a minute to get into the festive spirit.
The next step? Just have fun! Don’t let the worries of travelling at Christmas get you down. With this guide, you can help your Christmas holiday trip run as smoothly as possible, allowing you to really get into the festivities.
Merry Christmas, from APH.