Christmas is approaching rapidly, which means families of all ages will be flying across the world to be at home with their families for the festive period. There’s a whole song about driving home for Christmas, but if you live further than a drive away from family it’s very likely that you will be heading home on the next flight. Flying home for Christmas can be a challenge, though, as we all have seen the reports of strikes, delays and even cancelled flights around the holiday season.
When it comes down to it, you want to have the best flight experience as possible with the least hiccups. If you are flying with young children and the flight is a long one, you have to be as prepared as you would be flying with elderly parents. This means meticulously packing absolutely everything that you need to ensure your flight isn’t one that is stressful. Travelling with elderly parents means ensuring you have ticked off any prescribed medications, nebuliser and be in the possession of any doctor’s’ notes. To make your flight as easy and full of holiday cheer as possible, you need to follow our tips and enjoy your trip home, knowing that a Christmas full of fun is waiting for you!
- Make sure you pack all your essentials into hand luggage. This is everything including medical equipment, medicine, toys for the kids, neck pillows, eye masks and a sleeping drug for those who are nervous flyers. If you put any of it into hold luggage, you’re risking being at a huge disadvantage after take-off.
- Bring your own snacks! Airplane food can be pretty pricey and if you buy from the shops after you have gone through check-in for your flight, you can bring some of your favourites on board. If you can make them festive-themed, then all the better to get you into the spirit.
- Preload your tablet with some Christmas movies, and get your iPod filled with the best Christmas songs. Nervous flyers often need a distraction, as do children, and everyone loves a Christmas movie!
- Pre-book your transport after you land. You do not want to have to battle through the airport to the taxi rank, only to see a queue a mile long and find out there’s been some major delays. Use a private taxi company if you must, but get something booked for after you land and save some time.
- Kill time on a long layover by doing some Christmas shopping. Duty-free can be the perfect place to get some of the gifts sorted out, especially if you have no time once you’ve landed. Don’t forget the gift wrap!
Going home for Christmas can really invoke feelings of upset and stress if you have a few flights ahead of you to get you there. There’s nothing to stop you from booking your trip well in advance, but this means being organised and ready for the journey ahead. Get your head in the game; it’s time to go home!