Top Ten British Airways tips to an easy holiday
Friday 22, July 2011
As holidaymakers are preparing to set off, British Airways’ cabin crew give their top tips to make travelling that little bit easier.
- Travel like a celeb and pack a pashmina. They are particularly good if you’re moving between different climates and always useful to have on board. Fold away shoes like ‘redfoots’ are also a great item to have in your hand luggage if you want to ditch the heels for flats and use up minimal space.
- Always carry a pen in your hand luggage for forms that need to be filled in prior to arrival.
- Leave a bit of space at the top of any toiletry bottles – it will prevent them leaking as the aircraft becomes pressurised at altitude. Also, make sure you only bring 100ml liquids in your hand luggage and that they fit in a plastic bag that’s no more than 20cm x 20cm (sandwich bags are a good option).
- Take your own teabags if you’re fussy about your morning cuppa.
- Join the British Airways Executive Club – it’s free and has plenty of benefits. If you’re a member you will also be considered first if the airline is looking for people to upgrade.
- Take baby wipes – they’re great for refreshing adults as well as children.
- Load the BA app on to your phone. It will let you check in for your BA flight and issue you with your boarding pass from the comfort of your sun lounger.
- If you’re off on a beach holiday, pack your swim wear in your hand luggage so you can slip into it and head straight to the sea or the pool when you arrive. Also pack a sarong if your beach towel is taking up precious space.
- Choose to fly with an airline like BA that allows holidaymakers to check-in one 23kg bag for free as well as allowing them to carry two bags in the cabin. That’s a lot of outfits and is particularly generous when you think some no frills airlines only allow one cabin bag, charge you for every bag you check in and only allow you a 15kg weight limit for your checked luggage.
- So you don’t have that terrifying moment at the airport when you realise you’ve left your passport in the safe, put one of the shoes you’re wearing home in there with it. Sounds ridiculous but it works!
Becky Wadsworth, a British Airways cabin crew member, said: “As cabin crew we can take up to 450 flights a year so we’re always looking for tips to make travel easier. Most of them really simple but they can make a big difference to your holiday.”
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