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Jetting off abroad? Here’s how to prepare for your flight

Posted on 30th Jul, 2018 by Jackie Jolliffe

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This time of year sees lots of us naturally taking to the skies (in planes, obviously) as we jet away on our summer holidays. But while holidaymakers have peak seasons in which they travel, there are also those of you who might be called upon to travel abroad for work at any time of year! Here at Limo-Scene, we regularly have customers who want to hire a limo for airport transfers, so we’ve picked up a few useful tips along the way. Whether you’re flying for business or pleasure, we’ve put together the perfect list to make sure you’re ready for boarding.

1. Check your documents

It sounds like a really obvious step, but you might be surprised about just how many people get tripped up by something as simple as an expired passport. Even if you know you’ve got everything you need, make sure to check the details of all of them. Don’t leave it until the day before, either! This is the sort of stuff it’s best to check as far in advance as you can, possibly even on the same day you first book your flight. Some people suggest making a photocopy of your passport. It won’t get you through security, but at least you’ll be able to have all the details to hand. Don’t forget to have the appropriate visa and travel insurance policy, either.

2. Getting packed

This is the bit where we all forget stuff. Do avoid that, it helps to write out a physical list of what you’re packing, and segment it into groups. You can go into as much or as little detail as you like with headings and various subheadings (it depends on how organised you like to be!). This makes it easier to keep track of what you’re taking with you, and also gives you the opportunity to streamline your suitcase too, by re-examining what you do or do not need.

Once you’re fully packed, it’s also worth leaving a little room in your cases, too, so that you’ve got room to bring back anything you might buy abroad. And if you’re prone to overpacking (it’s not necessarily a bad thing), it’s worth giving your case a last-minute weigh if you can. Nobody wants to get hit with charges at the airport!

3. Getting your money in order

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A very common mistake we often hear people making is changing their currency at the airport. That goes for businesspeople and holidaymakers alike! Airport currency exchanges can charge particularly steep rates for this at the best of times. (And Brexit has the potential to impact that even further in future – we’ll see how it goes!). If you plan on using a bank card when you’re away, it’s best to let your bank know well ahead of time. Most banks are pretty-on-the-ball nowadays, and will block your card very quickly if they have reason to believe it’s not you using it. That leaves you stranded in a foreign country with no way to access your money. Not an ideal scenario!

4. Sorting out transport to the airport

Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, by far the most stressful part of the journey is getting to the airport. Certainly don’t leave it up to chance by simply calling a taxi on the morning. They can be unreliable, prone to getting caught up in traffic on the way to your home. That means double panic for you when they have to forge through the same traffic on the way out. Public transport can similarly be a complete nightmare, especially with all your heavy bags. Why leave it up to chance?

At Limo-Scene, we’ve been carrying out successful airport transfers for years, with our fleet of luxury limos. Our Black Chrysler limo is a particular favourite for businesspeople because of the powerful, professional image it projects. But with so many to choose from, there are always plenty of other options! Why not give our booking hotline a call today on 07812 102 051?