Our top tips for a smooth holiday

Let's get your holiday off to a stress free start!

All of us at Travel Republic love to jet off on holiday just as much (if not more) than you.

We got together to dicuss our top tips to get holidays off to a stress free start and wanted to share them with you!

Before you travel:

  •  Head to the FCDO website to check the following:
    • Health & travel advice including entry requirements
    • Passport validity requirements
    • Visa requirements (where required)
  • If you're heading to Europe, Brexit did bring about some changes. Find our more by Clicking here>> 
  •  Make sure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy. If you haven't, why not take a look at the policies we offer with Rock Insurance by clicking here>>
  •  Save this number into your phone  +44 (0) 208 974 7221 - if you need us when on holiday, our dedicated 24/7 team will be there for you

Before you head to the airport:

  • Check-in online. Details of how to do this can be found on your airlines website.
  • Make sure you have all of the documents you need including Passports and boarding passes.
    • We suggest having printed copies of any paperwork such as visas or vaccinations, or downloading documents to your smartphone or tablet as airport Wi-Fi can be sketchy (you can thank us later)
  •  Ensure any bags/cases you'll be checking-in are secured with a strong padlock and you have the key secured in your hand luggage. Have your contact details on both your checked luggage and hand luggage.
  •  If you need to carry medication, take enough in your hand luggage to get your through several days (just in case there is any delay to your luggage). You may require a letter from your Doctor under certain conditions, so please check the UK Government advice page by clicking here>>
  •  Any liquids being taken in hand luggage comply with current restrictions. For more information click here>>
  •  Plan your journey before you set off to the airport. It is your responsibility to arrive in plenty of time to check-in and clear security prior to boarding the plane
  •  If you have airport parking, have a printed copy of the instructions to find the car park, or have the passenger have a copy on their smartphone
  •  If you have a transfer booked, have a copy of how to locate this at your destination airport. If you haven't booked a transfer, get one with us by clicking here>>
  • If you have booked a hire car in your holiday destination, have this paperwork handy for when you arrive
  • Take a copy of your Hotel voucher, which can be printed or have it ready to show on your smartphone

At the airport:

  •   Arrive in plenty of time to check-in and clear security. It is your responsibility to arrive in plenty of time to check-in and clear security in order to catch your flight. Check your airlines website for details on how many hours before departure check-in / bag drop opens.

 - Be ready to head through security

1) Electronic items - it is likely these will need to be removed from hand luggage. This includes items such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones. There may be restrictions on what electronic items can be taken onboard an aircraft. For more information check out the UK Governments advice by clicking here>>

2) Liquids, aerosols and gelsWhere possible, pack as many of your liquids, aerosols and gels in your hold luggage.

  • If taking any in your hand luggage, containers can hold no more than 100ml (this includes the likes of deodorants, hair products, make-up, toothpaste and contact lens solution)
  • Each persons liquids, aerosols and gels must fit into one, transparent reusable plastic bag.
    •  This bag should measure no more than 20cm by 20cm
    •  This bag can contain no more than a combined total of 1litre of liquids
    •  All contents must fit comfortably into the bag and it must be sealed 
  • Please click here>> to visit the UK Governments travel advice page for the latest information
  • The above rules apply to travelling through UK airports. Countries across the world may have different rules, so please check in advance of travelling home.

3) Removal of belts, shoes and coats - removal of such items varies however, please do be prepared to follow all instructions from the Security team

Once you've cleared security and are airside:

  •  Whether you'll indulge in a drink, a meal, retail therapy or you'll sit with a coffee and people watch - please keep an eye on the departure boards. It is your responsibility to make it to the gate on time to board the flight
  •  As you head to the gate to board, have your passport and boarding card handy as you'll be needing these.

On the plane:

  • It's time to take your seat and soar to 39,000 feet, inching ever closer to your holiday destination
  • Remember it's illegal to consume your own alcohol onboard a plane (we know we don't need to tell you this)
  • Please listen to all instructions provided by the Cabin Crew - they are there primarily for your safety
  • We ask you watch the safety demo before take off
  • Relax, the holiday you've dreamed of is here!