Take any valuable or necessary items in your hand luggage.
Label your luggage on the inside as well as on the outside and include name, address and phone number. Include your itinerary so that you can be easily found by the airline.
Be sure to arrive at the airport in time as often luggage goes missing when there has not been enough time to get the bags onto the plane.
Ensure your bags are locked and on arrival check the locks, reporting any damage or missing items to the airline immediately.
Many bags are lost with connecting flights so try to avoid them if possible.
If you are travelling with someone else try splitting you and your partner’s clothes between bags so if the worst should happen, you’ll both have something clean to wear.
Reserving a hire car in the destination of your choice provides that element of freedom that enables travellers to see more of the surrounding area and doesn’t limit you to the hotel or leave you reliant on a sometimes undependable public transport system. Most of the larger car rental companies are extremely reliable but occasionally travellers arrive at the airport only to find the car they thought they reserved is not there. In order to ensure this doesn’t happen to you, there are a number of things you should do prior to arriving at your destination.
- Reserve the car well in advance with a reputable company.
- Request written confirmation of the booking and a confirmation number, as without this you will have no proof of your reservation. Even telephone the company to make sure that a car will be waiting for you when you arrive.
- If you have done all this and a car is still not waiting for you, this could be due to the rental company over booking in order to compensate for the number of customers who book but don’t turn up. In this situation always ask the company to find you a car from a competitor at the same hire rate as the car you booked with them. If they are unable to find one and you have to rent a car at a higher rate, then be sure to request a refund for the difference in price.