With the summer holiday season now officially here, if you haven’t already jetted off somewhere for a week or two of relaxation or adventure (whatever tickles your fancy), the possibility is, that you will be very soon. If you are anything like me, you may find the act of actually getting packed, out the door and to the airport quite stressful? No matter how long I have to prepare for a trip, the headless chicken act ensues before I actually fly.
Destination2 who offer luxury holidays have put together a great checklist for you, and I, to follow before we even set foot on the plane. Check it out, it contains some very useful tips including ‘Trick out’ your iPad. In the rare occurrence of the inflight entertainment failing, you need to be able to rely on your tablet, phone and/or computer’. This happened to us on recently when we returned from Las Vegas and boy, were we bored throughout the 9 hour flight because we didn’t have the back up of our iPad!
I certainly need to take note because even though, not to blow my own trumpet of course, I think I’m quite good at planning trips and really enjoy doing it, the final preparation is not my forte. Having just returned from an epic, if I do say so myself, road trip through California I planned well in advance every aspect of the trip from touch down and thankfully everything went extremely smoothly (phew). However, the chilled out Vicky cruising from beach to beach along the Pacific Coast Highway was a very different one to the one in the lead up to the trip.
It went something like this:
- Turn the out of office on and do a happy dance
- Grab everything I own from my wardrobe that I could possibly need and more
- Ram it in my packing cubes and shove them in my back pack
- Throw a paddy that I cannot zip my backpack up
- Get Mr ESLT to sit on my back pack as I finally manage to get it zipped up, cursing it and sweating as I do and just praying the zip doesn’t break whilst I’m away
- Try and coax the cats from under the bed with treats to get them in their boxes to take them to the cattery.
- Plead with the cats to come out from under the bed telling them ‘mummy loves you very much’
- Get Mr ESLT to actually lift the bed up so I can get the cats out forcibly to put in their boxes
- Take the cats to the cattery and spend the rest of the night feeling so guilty whilst picturing their little faces
- Set the alarm
- Check the alarm at least 12 times to ensure I’ve set it for the right time
- Wake up every hour on the hour to. check the time in a mild panic that I’ve slept through my alarm
- When the alarm does go off, snooze it 3 times and then run round the house trying to find clothes to travel in, passport, purse etc
- Lock the door
- Check that I’ve locked the door 9 times
- Load the car trying to be a silent ninja so I don’t wake the neighbours, because every flight I take always seems to be an early morning one
- Realise that I don’t have any petrol in my car, so have to drive to the 24 hour garage which is not on route to the airport
- Arrive at the airport to find the world’s longest security queue and mumbling under my breath that if people took everything they were supposed to out of their bag it would speed the process up
- Get my bag searched by security, all the while stating ‘I’m a regular traveller, of course all my liquids are in the clear plastic bag’ just as the officer fishes out a rogue bottle of hand sanitiser
- Finally, head to the airport lounge, grab a vodka and breath a huge sigh of relief that my holiday can finally start!!!
How organised are you? I’d love to hear your routine. Do you have a checklist to follow to ensure everything is done with plenty of time to spare or are you like me and leave it to the last-minute and then have to rush around, flapping as you do and stressing yourself out before your flight? Maybe you work better under pressure?
We only recently started using airport lounges and now could not start our holidays any other way, they are the perfect place to unwind before take off, especially after we’ve gone through the usual above mentioned rigmarole. My holiday official starts when I have that first vodka in my hand. Are you a frequent airport lounge user or have you never used one before? Let us know in the comments section and why not enter our competition below to win 2 Executive Lounge passes to use before you jet off this summer?
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