Usually excitement takes precedence over any other feeling when you arrive at the airport ready to hop aboard a plane and begin that long awaited summer holiday. However, with thousands of people milling around at any given time, the airport- especially central London ones, can pose hazardous not only for your health but for your personal belongings too, so it’s important not to lose your common sense to excitement the minute you walk through the doors.
If you’re travelling from one of the hotels that are close to Heathrow, such as the Park Grand Paddington Court hotel London, then it’s probably best to get the train from Paddington, alight the Heathrow express (a dedicated line) to the airport for a smooth and stress free transfer. Ensure that before leaving the train carriage, you have remembered to bring all of your personal belongings with you, as it’s all too easy to leave a bag or purse behind without realising!
There are a few things that you can do in order to minimise any risks to you and your personal belongings when inside the airport too, such as making sure that your luggage is labelled appropriately. Use a specially designed luggage tag to attach a name and contact number to each of your stowed luggage bags so that if it were to go missing, you could be contacted easily when it’s re-found. That said, be sure not to overshare your personal information such as an address or telephone number that you don’t want shared. If in doubt, use an email address as your contact details, that’s a little less invasive then broadcasting your phone number.
Other things you need to keep a check on at the airport, is your cash and expensive gadgets, such as mobile phones, iPads and laptops. Be sure to have them in zipped bags that remain on your person, and keep them close to you at all times. As for wallets and purses containing cash- keep them either in a zipped pocket, or in a closed bag. And, it’s also a good idea to try and limit the amount of cash that you do have on you at the airport- avoid taking large sums of cash with you, choosing instead to have just enough to cover any emergencies- remember as the saying goes ‘for everything else, there’s mastercard.’
It’s also worth remembering that you’ll need to remove any metal items, such as jewellery, belts and even shoes with buckles, so to avoid any contact with bacteria, try and wear footwear that you can wear with socks, so that you won’t need to walk barefoot through security- you can never be sure how clean the floors are!