Air Travel Checklist

Helping you prepare: Travel Checklist

Let’s face it, we can all be a little forgetful sometimes; unsurprisingly so when we are planning to go away and especially if you’re responsible for packing for children or other dependents.

With this in mind, we’ve compiled a travel checklist of things to consider before you leave or that you’ll need to take with you. This list is intended as a memory jogger, and may not include everything relevant to your trip: we can’t be held responsible for partners left behind…

To Do

  • Confirm flight reservations
  • Check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for up-to-date issues relating to the country you’re travelling to
  • Get vaccinations if appropriate. Remember to check if you need them in plenty of time!
  • Get valid visas / ESTAs if applicable.
  • Check in and Pre-book your seats online
  • Request early boarding at check-in
  • Confirm any dietary or special assistance requirements with your airline

To Pack

From personal experiences, the below list is a collection of items that are a must in anyone’s hand luggage!

Hand Luggage

  • Tickets and boarding pass
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Driving licence
  • Local currency or travel card
  • Credit cards
  • Mobile phone & charger
  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • Medication
  • Magazines, books, games, music player – especially if flying with children!
  • Glasses / contact lenses
  • Change of clothes

Helping you prepare: Hand Luggage rules


As well as the obvious; multiple outfits, the bigger cosmetics and electrical items that don’t fit in your hand luggage, remember to consider the below items before you zip up your suitcase!

  • Electrical adapters
  • Photocopies of all important documents (passport, insurance and visas) packed separately from the originals
  • Suntan lotion
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent

Need a little more guidance? Why not check out this guide to travelling with just your hand luggage? Yes, it’s doable! If you can’t bring yourself to condense your possessions to one bag, Airport Parking Shop try to settle the debate on which bag is best: suitcase, backpack or hand luggage?