If you’re travelling to London during Christmas, you must know that it is one of the busiest times of the year! However, with a little preparation, you are sure to enjoy a smooth travel experience. Here are some tips to follow at the Heathrow Airport this festive season.
Pack Your Christmas Luggage with Care
Reserve your stay at an enviably located 4-star boutique hotel with modern amenities and excellent links to Heathrow Airport. Travel with care by rightfully packing your Christmas carry-on and checked-in luggage. Here are some points you must keep in mind:
Remember, Christmas crackers are flammable substances that can pose a risk for co-passengers. To maintain the safety of the flight, do not carry sparklers, fireworks, and other combustible substances through the airport.
If you’re carrying breakable gifts with you to take back home, always ensure to use bubble wrap or an article of thick clothing to keep them protected.
Avoid Travelling with Liquids
Make sure to check not once but twice for any liquid gifts in your hand luggage. There’s a high chance that liquids over 100 ml including drinks, creams, syrups, lotions, sprays, perfumes, gels, and other preserves are removed from your luggage at security. So, ensure a hassle-free journey and pack thoughtfully!
Make sure you don’t pack your valuable things in the checked-in luggage as millions of people use Heathrow during December and there’s a possibility that a few checked-in bags arrive later than expected. Before leaving your deluxe hotel rooms, always keep the precious Christmas gifts safe with you in your hand luggage.
Get to the Airport on Time
A smooth travel experience is sure to make your holiday experience even better! Booking yourself luxurious accommodation near Heathrow Airport is the first and most important step for convenient and comfortable travel. Then, some planning always comes in handy when travelling through Heathrow over the Christmas period. It is recommended that you arrive at the airport two hours prior for short-haul flights and three hours beforehand for long-haul flights.
Make the Most of Christmas Airport Shopping
If all the Christmas gift packing and wrapping seems like a headache, you can swiftly overcome this by making the most of World Duty-Free shopping at Heathrow. Feel free to browse through some of the airport’s exclusive collections and buy limited-edition gifts, liquor, chocolates, handbags, perfumes, electronic gadgets, jewellery and more! You can also save more time browsing and shopping as you use the Reserve and Collect service at the airport. Also, for most shops at Heathrow, products are available for pre-order, so you can opt for that too!
Book Lounge Entry
Heathrow airport terminals are likely to be busy over the festive season. It is always a good decision to consider booking lounge entry, especially for the times when there are delays to flights. This will ensure that you have your own space away from the hustle and bustle.
Note: Heathrow airport lounges typically allow up to three hours of access.
Make Most of the Airport’s Christmas Food Specials
During the holiday period, especially Christmas make sure to look out for the ‘Kids Eat Free’ offer at the Heathrow restaurants. With a plethora of amazing restaurants to choose from, you’re sure to be spoilt with a choice of delectable dishes. The best part is that several restaurants will also be offering special Christmas menus with seasonal cuisines, so make sure to dine in and relax for a great experience. If you’re short on time, you can also choose to pre-order with selected restaurants via the official Heathrow airport app.
Here you go! Book yourself an extravagant stay near the airport and follow these tips to enhance your holiday experience in London.