advice, travel info and tips
- Don't carry parcels or luggage through customs
for other people, and don't cross land borders with people you don't
- Don't leave your baggage unattended and check all
the luggage on your trolley is yours before going through customs.
- Remove all old airline tags from your luggage.
Label your luggage clearly with only your name, phone number (ideally
a mobile) and e-mail address - Put destination as well as home address
but DO NOT make your home address visible on luggage labels.
- Put your contact details INSIDE your suitcases
as well as tags on the outside - this is very important - use a friend
or family's address not yours as your lost luggage may return home
before you do.
- Make a list of everything you pack, and even take
a photo of it if you can, it will help airlines further identify your
lost luggage. (Note: 1 in 200 bags are lost!!)
- Tie brightly coloured ribbon or tape around each
of your cases, it will make finding them at the baggage claim much
easier. Also, check your luggage is not damaged or been opened whilst
you are still within the claim area, some airlines have time limits
- Use your own padlocks on cases, the ones supplied
with the cases are usually very easy to open.
- Check your maximum luggage weight and size (i.e. 56cm x45cmx25cm in UK) allowance directly
with your flight carrier, do not rely on flight agents information
- paying for overweight luggage at check-in can be a nasty shock!
- During airline check-in, check airline destination
tag staff attach to your cases to make sure it's the correct airport
- Buy a travel guide book for the country/location
you are travelling to and learn the local laws. Things you accept
as normal in the UK may be illegal in other countries - for example,
in the USA it's illegal to drink alcohol in the street, and even to
carry alcohol in the passenger compartment of your car!
- Do NOT drink alcohol to excess at the airport,
you will be refused entry to the plane if you are considered intoxicated.
- Give your children a card with your name, mobile
number etc., for them to carry at all times in case you get separated.
- Take pre-addressed labels of people you want to
send cards to, it saves time and ensures you have their postcode/zip.
- Before you leave home make sure you have your most
important documents in your hand luggage - i.e. passports, tickets,
money etc - and the keys to your suitcases!!
- Do not put car keys and house keys in checked in
Remember to allow
extra time for increased security at airports and check rules
and restrictions concerning hand luggage. i.e. No sharp objects allowed
and in UK any liquids in hand luggage should be put in 8" x 8"
transparent resealable bags. If in doubt check with local airports or
BAA airport authority or Department
checklists on the next pages will help ensure you don't forget anything.
For detailed info on world airports visit: worldairportguides.com/
Please note the above is intended as a guide only, if you
feel we have missed anything important, let us know by e-mail.
Above all, be aware at all times, be safe and have a great
holiday... we're sure you will if you book one of the beautiful holiday villas,
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