Planning your trip

Jetting off from Edinburgh Airport? Here are our top tips on planning your trip to help make the experience as stress free as possible!

Before you book your trip

Research, compare and compare some more. Research a whole range of destinations at different times of the season, compare the airlines’ prices and offers and even the hotel deals. You’ll be surprised at what you can save with a little bit of patience! The same goes for your car hire and airport parking, too!

Before you leave for your trip

  • Be sure to confirm your flights, transfers and any other travel arrangements
  • Notify the airport / airline of any special assistance or dietry requirements
  • Concerned about security measures for the country you’re visiting? Check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for any up-to-date issues
  • Book in and get vaccinations if needed.
  • Ensure your visa / ESTA / ETA is valid if required
  • Check In and pre-book your seats on the plane
  • Confirm with your airline if you’ll be carrying any additional medical or mobility equipment

Packing your bags

Need a few tips on what to pack? Here you go!

Hand Luggage

  • Ensure that you have your passport, any necessary visas, tickets and boarding passes.
  • Currency or travel cards
  • Travel Insurance documents
  • Driving License (if you have one)
  • Phone / tablet and the respective chargers
  • Magazines, books, games / music player*
  • Change of clothes – just in case!
  • Snacks*
  • Avoid packing any banned items or risk delays at security.
  • If packing medicines, ensure that they are in their original packaging to avoid any delay or confiscation at customs.
  • Don’t gift wrap presents as they may have to be unwrapped by security staff or customs.
  • Travelling when ill? Check out the dedicated page of The Department of Health for help and advice for those travelling abroad.

*proven to be a great distraction for the children!

Hold Luggage

  • Electrical adapters or extension cable
  • Photocopies of all important documents (passport, insurance and visas) packed separately from the originals
  • All liquid items bigger than 100ml
  • All of your other holiday essentials – even the dodgy sunhat!

Getting to the Airport

Getting to the Airport
  • Be prepared: plan your transport and, if necessary, the route you will be taking to the airport. Will you be getting a taxi or parking at the airport?
  • If you are driving to the airport, make sure you book airport parking in advance.
  • Being dropped off at the airport instead? Make sure you and te driver are aware of the Drop off / Pick up locations and prices.
  • Taking a taxi? Double check the day before you leave to confirm pick up times in case these change due to traffic / roadworks
  • Likewise if you’re taking a train or coach. Pre book your tickets and check that there are no major engineering or road works that could lengthen the journey.

At the Airport

  • Give yourself enough time to get through check in and security. No one likes to rush!
  • Be careful to keep all of your belongings on you at all times. If you are travelling with children, this can be a little more tricky, but if they are old enough, how about popping some of their things in a little back pack for them to carry?
  • Keep a close eye on those flight display boards for gates and boarding times. Check live flight departures online for any delays.

In the Air

Planning your trip In the Air
  • Easier said then done sometimes, but try to relax and, if possible, sleep!
  • On a long haul flight? be sure to move your feet around, or get up and walk around regularly if you can.
  • Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water and other non-alcoholic beverages.
  • We’d advise to not eat too heavily before or during a long flight; you don’t want indegestion on the plane!

  • Beat jetlag by getting some extra sleep before the trip as well as during the flight and try to synchronise mealtimes with the time it is at your destination.
  • Wear flight socks, take a low dose of aspirin or move about every so often during the flight to help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Travelling with Children

Travelling with Children
  • Pack extra snacks, drinks, colouring books, crayons and (if they’re young) their favourite cuddly toy.
  • Ensure all of the children’s passports are valid and that you have a safe, yet easily accessible, bag to carry them in. It’s not adviseable to let young children carry their own passports..!
  • Many airports have special children’s facilities. Have a look at the airport’s website or phone their information number.

Disabled Travellers

Passengers requiring special assistance can obtain information, tips, guides and support from:

* Disabled Living Foundation *
+44 (0)845 130 9177

* Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR) *
+44 (0)207 250 3222

* Royal National Institute for the Blind *
+44 (0)845 766 9999

* Royal National Institute for Deaf People *
+44 (0)808 808 0123

* Holiday Care Services *
+44 (0)845 124 9971