From packing tips to a holiday checklist to help cover all aspects of your holiday, we’re here to help take the stress out of air travel…
Use the following guides and checklists to help ease the anxiety as departure day approaches.
Interactive holiday checklists
Forget the scrappy bit of paper… we’ve the list solution you need
Avoid departure day stress with our interactive packing lists. We’ve lists for documents, clothing, baby, toiletries and hand luggage.
Don’t worry… our lists remember your selections on the computer you made the selections on, so you can come back and check-off items as and when you pack them. Simply pick your list below. Can’t see the lists? Just click here.
Documents and essentials checklist
Ensure all your documents, permits and booking confirmations are all in place.
Make sure you have packed all the clothing required for your trip
Don’t forget the soother…
Keep fresh with this checklist
Hand luggage checklist
Keep on top of what needs packing for the airport and plane
Here are our packing tips to help ease the strain as you prepare to jet off…
Check out the latest airport security regs: All your expert packing could come tumbling down around you if you’ve neglected to read the latest airport security regulations. Having your bag pulled apart to remove banned items is only going to end badly. Read the latest security restrictions right here.
Don’t put wrapped goods in cases: Spending hours intricately wrapping gifts could be a counterproductive waste of time. If your case is inspected, it’ll be ripped apart and is unlikely to receive the same love and attention from the overworked security officer when he/she puts it back together.
These shoes are made for packing: Don’t waste any space; stuff your shoes with rolled up socks, or anything else that will fit.
Don’t downsize: Buying travel-size toiletries to beat security rules is a pricey and pointless exercise. It’s unlikely you’ll need to brush your teeth, take a shower or have a shave during that 3-hour flight to Spain, so pack your full-size toiletries in the hold and save yourself the 600% mark-up that applies to some such packs.
Keep it locked: Any bags you check in should always have a lock. If the case isn’t secured, it could invalidate your insurance should anything decide to jump out and change its travel plans.
Pack your medication: If you’re taking medication, stash enough in your hand luggage for two days – just in case there are unforeseen delays. Pack the rest in the hold and, once again, add a few extra just in case. Remember, you are allowed to take more than a 100ml of essential medicine through security and into the cabin, but you should get a letter from your doc to back this up. Finally, make sure you keep medicines and pills in their original packing, as this will help avoid problems with security checks.
Get the facts straight: Don’t start packing until you know exactly what weight you’re aiming to achieve. Most airlines have different baggage restrictions, so check your booking confirmation or head to the carrier’s website to ensure you know your enemy. Getting this wrong could result in wasted space – or crippling excess charges.
Pack an emergency meal: Going on a self-catering holiday, then you might want to pack an emergency meal to keep you going until you can make it to the nearest supermarket. This will help you avoid minimarts in the resort with their rip-off prices. Here’s our easy-to-pack emergency meal…
Save weight with your case: Don’t waste a large chunk of your weight limit by packing your gear in an ancient suitcase formed from reinforced concrete. Invest in the future by getting yourself a lightweight case that’ll mean you can use your allowance for what it was intended.
Don’t pack too much: Once upon-a-time, it was important that you packed your own supply of HP Sauce and Heinz Ketchup etc, however, nowadays it’s even possible to buy Marmite, real teabags, baby food and toiletries in countries other than Blighty.
Edit your reading list: Holidays are a great time to catch up on your reading, but a pile of books will munch valuable space and weight, so the time has come to donate your paper to charity and get yourself an e-reader. You don’t need to spend a fortune, with Nooks available from £30 and basic Kindles from £49. Get more information here
Prevent bottles leaking: Finding your clothes soaked by leaking liquids can result in a less than stress-free start to your hols. Avoid unhappiness by removing lids, covering the neck in cling film then replacing the tops. No more leaks.
Order your baggage allowance online: We all know that various airlines charge for your luggage, so when booking space from carriers such as easyJet and Ryanair, make sure you reserve space online because it will be considerably cheaper than paying at the check-in desk.
Keep a trace on your smalls: Using a service such as Calluma lets you rapidly trace your luggage should it go missing. Tag&Track provides you with special tags that will keep an eye on your bag’s location. The service costs £14.95 but could save a lot more in stress and spoiled holiday time. Get the full lowdown here.
Don’t ‘weight’ until you get to the airport: Returning from holiday with a few extras in your bag? Don’t just cross your fingers and hope for the best at check-in, make sure you always travel with a set of handy luggage scales. Make sure you get a lightweight option such as these digital scales
Get the kids involved: Dragging a suitcase used to be something that kids avoided like double maths homework, but that was before Trunki hit the scene. Employ the magical powers of this mysterious plastic beast to mesmerise kids and cut the amount of lugging you’ll be required to complete yourself. Make the experience even more immersive and irresistible to the kids by letting them design their very own personalised Trunki. Get them designing here.
Look the business: Travelling on business? Roll a belt inside the collar of your packed shirt to keep it the shirt looking sharp.
‘You did remember to turn off the oven, didn’t you darling?’
Your suitcase might be packed and ready to hit the holiday highway, but don’t forget to check out this list of tasks and issues that might need addressing before you set your sat-nav for the airport.
Essential checklist: Read this before you set off
Airport parking: Don’t ever forget to pre-book your parking. Turning up on the day without a booking will see the airport’s car park take a seriously greedy chomp out of your holiday budget. Get the best prices by booking ahead with APH. Get your airport parking here
Passport check: Ideally you would do this around two months before travel, but if you’ve left it late and found your passport is about to expire then calm down, take a deep breath and read our ‘Passport Panic’ guide to fast-tracking your application. Read our passport panic feature here
Download your airline’s app: This will save you time and help dodge airport queues by checking-in and downloading your boarding passes to a mobile phone.
Book a pre-flight hotel: Early flights needn’t fill you with despair… simply book a pre-flight stop-over at one of the great hotels near Gatwick Airport. Choose your hotel here
Pets: Fido and Barry the cat won’t be happy that you’re heading on holiday, so make sure you’ve organised reliable cover to take care of them while you’re away. Alternatively, join the thousands of pet-crazy Brits who are taking their significant animals on holiday with them. Read our guide to taking pets abroad
Jabs and health: Pay a visit to your doc and discuss vaccinations and any other pre-existing medical conditions that could affect your travel plans.
Don’t tell the world: Taking to Facebook and boasting about your upcoming trip to the world famous instant noodle packaging museum in Japan (yes, really) will not only result in social exclusion, but quite possibly a visit from the local housebreaker. Save your social media assault for when you return home.
Cancel deliveries: With Amazon deliveries replacing milk bottles as a visual clue to your absence, don’t forget to schedule your parcels around holiday dates.
Tell the neighbours: Providing you don’t live next door to a convicted housebreaker, let your neighbours know that you’ll be going away – they’ll help keep an eye on your property.
Get an EHIC: If you’re travelling to Europe, you should take a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) Apply for one here
Leave your heating on low: Avoid burst pipes in freezing conditions by leaving your heating on low while you’re away.
Go like a pro…
Now that you’ve packed your bags, you don’t want to be damaging your ankles as you negotiate the train or airport transfer bus. Simply book yourself one of the many meet and greet services offered by APH.com. Drive straight to the airport, unload your bags and head straight to the check-in desks as a fully insured chauffeur parks your car in a secure car park for the duration of your trip. He’ll even meet you on your return, so lugging bags will become a thing of the past.