To Wear or Not To Wear? Airport Fashion Guide

  • 09 Jun, 2014
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Businesswoman portrait at duty free airport, sporting some Airport Fashion.

There was a time when flying was the ultimate in glamour, but these days are long gone. In fact, nowadays there are far too many hoodies and tracksuit bottoms in the departures lounges, not to mention the dreaded onesie, which, turns out, is about to be introduced for Virgin Atlantic business class passengers to wear on long-haul flights (limited edition).

Eclectic outfits on display in the check-in queue don’t seem to shock anyone anymore; fellow passengers might take a sneaky pic of your flip flops and socks but that’s about it. However, whether you are flying long haul or short haul, on a business trip or with a tribe of kids, we have a few tips to ensure that you stay comfortable in the air and land looking stylish.

First of all, wherever you are travelling and whatever the purpose of your trip, the temperature in the cabin can be unpredictable so think in terms of layers. If you need to take a coat or jacket with you, consider wearing it. Not only does it save you having to pack it in your luggage but it can also double up as a blanket. If you are headed to a destination where coats and jackets are definitely not required, then a stylish cardigan and pashmina will keep you warm and can also be tucked away easily if you are hot. Read More

Holiday Hacks: How to Pack Light

  • 21 May, 2014
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Ready for Summer Holidays
If you hate packing, get confused about what you can and can’t take in your hand luggage and never seem to have enough room in your case for the essentials, read on. We guide you through some of the thorny problems and even tell you what to do if your worst nightmare comes true and you end up standing at the luggage carousel long after everyone else has collected their baggage.

Capsule Wardrobe

Packing is much easier if you have a “capsule wardrobe”, a term coined in the 70s to denote a collection of clothes that can be mixed and matched to maximise the number of outfits that can be created.

Devotees say that with just eight or nine basic items you can create up to thirty outfits.

Colour is key with capsule wardrobes. Base your look around one dark colour such as navy, black or grey and then choose a neutral colour such as white, cream or stone. Add in a splash of colour that goes with both the dark and neutral colours such as red, blue or green and take it from there.

Accessories such as scarves, wraps and jewellery can transform your look and turn a daytime outfit into something far more glamorous.

Packing Cubes and Compression Bags

If you dislike clutter, you can maximise space and simplify packing by using packing cubes, lightweight fabric bags used to create different compartments in your suitcase. Large ones are good for trousers and dresses, medium ones for tops and small ones for undies.

If you share a suitcase with your partner, you can use one colour for their clothes and another for yours, making it easier to find your own stuff when you unpack. They are also particularly useful if you are changing hotel frequently. Just put the cubes in your hotel drawers and don’t worry about unpacking them.

Compression bags squeeze the air out and maximise what you can fit in your case. Read More

What Your Luggage Says About You

  • 17 Feb, 2014
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suitcase

When it comes to our luggage (inside and out) a lot can be revealed about our personality, age and gender.

For instance, are you a roller, a folder or a stuffer?

A report commissioned by a car rental company last summer discovered that 47% of us consider ourselves to be folders, paying great attention to folding our clothes neatly when packing our suitcases. 33% of us prefer to roll our clothes in the belief that this is the best way of fitting more into a suitcase. Of course, with many airlines charging passengers to put luggage in the hold it is unsurprising that we are desperate to maximise our carry-on allowance. 14% of us own up to stuffing our clothes into the suitcase in any old fashion, not caring that we are going to be faced with a crumpled mess at our destination.

The breakdown of packing habits between age groups and gender threw up some surprises. For instance, there is no real gender imbalance with men being just as likely as women to be folders. Whilst one might expect the 18 to 25 year old age group to be most likely to be stuffers, this is not the case, with 68% of them being neat folders.

In actual fact, the guiltiest of the age groups for stuffing clothes in the case willy-nilly is the 26 to 35 year olds who are five times more likely than their younger counterparts to be stuffers. As might be expected, none of the over 66 age group are guilty of messy packing. Read More

A List of UK Airports Arrivals / Departures Boards

  • 19 Dec, 2013
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International Airport Board Close-Up with Delayed Flights at UK Airports

With the busiest travel period approaching and severe weather forecasts suggesting there might be trouble, we thought it might be useful to provide our users with a full list of UK’s leading airports arrivals / departures boards. Come rain or shine, always check the arrivals / departures information before heading off to the airport, whether collecting an arriving guest or taking a flight yourself.

A-Z list of UK’s airport live flight information links

Aberdeen Airport Arrivals | Departures

Belfast International Live Flight Information

Birmingham Airport Arrivals | Departures

Blackpool Airport Live Flight Information 

Bournemouth Airport Live Flight Information

Bristol Airport Arrivals | Departures

Cardiff Airport Live Flight Information

East Midlands Airport Live Flight Information

Edinburgh Airport Arrivals | Departures

Exeter Airport Arrivals | Departures Read More

Flying with babies and toddlers. How to survive?

  • 01 Oct, 2013
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father and son at the airport

If your offspring hasn’t reached the school age yet, you may find yourself looking for a sunny mid-year break at pretty much any time of year. Buckets and spades (and even a sun hat!) still stand a good chance of giving your little one a quality time in the September sun. If you are taking the plunge this autumn and booking your first trip abroad with your baby, or a toddler, you might find the packing process overwhelming. Jurga Sefton, one of our team members, shares her tips that hopefully will make your journey easier and stress-free. Or could it really be stress-free?

Liquids! Always have something to drink. Keep a container of powdered milk with other baby essentials in your hand luggage and feel free to ask for warm water at any bar after you pass the security check, or wait until you board the plane and the flight attendants will be able to assist. The trouble is that in most cases you will be given boiling hot water (and loads of warning about the hot contents!) so wait until it cools down. I used to have a small amount of cooled boiled water in the bottle so that it could be mixed with the boiling water to make it the right temperature. If you decide to take any cooled water with you, remember you might be asked to try it straight out of your baby’s bottle during the security check.

Some powdered milk manufacturers also sell ready-to-use cartons (usually 200 ml) which, if sealed, can normally be taken through security (always check with the airport you are travelling from). For example, people travelling from Gatwick airport are advised to carry the amount of baby milk required for the journey in the hand luggage, and the rest should be packed in the checked-in baggage. The airport advises that families can also pre-order cartons of baby milk to collect from Boots in the departures lounge by calling the relevant Boots store.

Sharp items! If you are a well-organised parent who always carries a small pair of scissors to open milk cartons, you may need to check with your airport whether you will be able to take those on board. According to London Heathrow Airport website you can take nail scissors in your hand luggage providing the blades are no longer than 6 cm measured from the point where the blades cross, whereas Gatwick Airport Security Guidelines also state the blunt scissors shorter than 6 cm should also have rounded ends if you want to take them in your hand luggage. It’s probably best to check the up-to-date lists of prohibited items on official sites such as Gov.uk. Read More