UK ARRIVAL GUIDE | You don’t want to be embarrassed when walking through airport security or when checking-in your luggage. Read our useful packing tips to avoid making a fool of yourself before you even depart.
All airport security has greatly increased over the years. Pack your luggage yourself and always keep your bags close to you. Lock every zip and keep your valuables, such as your passport and wallet, locked in your hand luggage or in a body belt. Sharp objects such as nail scissors or pocket knives must be packed in your main luggage or they will be confiscated. Ensure your luggage is labelled inside and out. Most airport security checks now require you to remove coats, belts, boots and hats before walking through the metal detectors. If you’re taking a laptop with you, remove this from its cover – it will need to be scanned separately. Also remember to decant any hand-luggage liquids into transparent 100ml containers and bag them together – bottles exceeding 100ml will be confiscated.
Some Packing Tips
Most airlines limit you to 20-25kg and 5-7kg hand luggage, but they’re becoming stricter every year. Avoid having to unpack your bag at check-in by saving weight. Leave behind photo albums, books, camping equipment, bulky toiletries and bedding – you can buy these things in the UK when you are ready. Don’t forget to pack one smart outfit (for interviews), a warm jacket (preferably waterproof), a towel, a sheet or a thin sleeping bag, an unlocked mobile phone, medication and contact lenses. Suitcases with wheels are great for walking the streets, but they eat into your weight allowance, so consider a backpack with a front zip as opposed to a top-loader – you’ll get more in to it; and remember to tie up the straps so they don’t get caught in airport conveyer belts.