TRAVELLING through the airport is a necessary evil for most trips abroad — long queues, boring waits and lost luggage can ruin any holiday buzz.

But there are plenty of tricks that can make it a more bearable experience.

The team at Gear Hungry have provided their tips on how to make the airport run a stress free and seamless experience, from getting your hands on free phone chargers to picking the quicker security queues.

The lost and found

Anything that has been in lost and found for up to 90 days is no longer the property of its owner. If you desperately need something such as a charger it is worth showing some honesty and asking. If they have one that has been in their possession for over 90 days, they can hand it over.

Turn left

Going through security can be torturous, so speed up the process by turning left. People tend to prefer turning to the right, which means there’ll be less of a queue on your left.

Are we at the gate yet?

Running for kilometres through an airport looking for a gate number is hardly relaxing, so map out your route around the airport before you get there using handy phone apps like GateGuru and Airport Transit Guide.

I can picture it

Take a picture of your luggage before you check in. This will make it easier for airport staff to locate it if it goes missing in transit, because describing your bag to a member of staff at a foreign airport could prove tricky.

My bottle is empty

Airports are notoriously expensive when it comes to purchasing food and drink — not helped by the fact that you have to dump all liquids over 100ml at security. But they’ll let you take an empty bottle through, which you can then fill up at free water stations in the departure lounge.

Jump online

If you are delayed and not sure what is going on, avoid the sea of people trying to find the same information and jump online to the airline’s website. They will update the status of your flight without fail.

It’s also worth contacting your airline on Twitter as their customer service reps are usually first with all the necessary information.

Carry a change of clothing

Even if you are flying on a short haul flight, you will be thankful for packing a change of clothes in your hand luggage.

Whether it be for spillages or simply to freshen up, it will be perhaps the best hack of your trip.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and was republished with permission.


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