Travelling can be stressful at the best of times and though it may not be possible to make it totally stress free, there are a few things that you can do to minimise the stress.
Make sure that the end date on your passport is acceptable to the destination where you will be travelling. Usually a British passport has to be valid for at least six months after the date that you will be returning to the UK. Do check this to make sure that it will not need to be longer than six months. If you are unsure of visa requirements for your destination then you can check online with the Home Office, or at an embassy belonging to your destination country.
Make a list beforehand of key documents that you will need such as passport, visa, travel insurance and driving licence and do a final check of these the day before. If travelling out of the EU, you should also make sure that you have details of your accommodation to hand as you may be required to show this information at passport/border control.
Make sure that you have appropriate travel insurance and that it covers you for any activities, including skiing, that you may be doing while on holiday. If you will need a hire car then it is also easier to arrange this in advance of your travel. Take note that the car hire company may require other documentation from you as well as your driving licence. Make yourself aware of any key driving laws beforehand, especially if you have some distance to drive from the airport to your final destination.
Always be aware of size and weight restrictions for both hand and hold luggage and you should always weigh cases before travel to make sure that you are under the weight limit. Not only are there considerable charges for excess luggage weight, but you will also be held up through the check-in process.
If you are carrying hand luggage only, there is a good chance that you can use the online check-in service. Most airports now offer this facility, allowing you to check-in online up to 24 hours before departure.
Be aware of what you are unable to carry in your hand luggage. Information on restricted or prohibited items is available from your airline. Whichever airport you are travelling from you can also save time beforehand by putting your liquids in a clear plastic bag – if this is not required, you can easily slip them back into your case.
Always be aware of duty free allowances, especially when travelling outside the EU and if you want further guidance about stress free flying from or to UK airports, then make UKairports your main information guide.