Make Sure You’re Ready to Fly Again*

Make Sure You’re Ready to Fly Again*

Travel – it’s something that may be occupying the minds of many individuals at the moment, and when the excitement of preparing for a trip after so many months without one takes over, there’s a few important things that we must not let slip from our minds…especially now more than ever. Today’s post is sponsored by Big Yellow Self Storage and makes sure that in the midst of everything that is going on in the world currently, you will still be prepared for taking that first trip post lockdown.

The situation is changing regarding travelling and meeting up with people. It’s a strange time to be living through, because in some ways things seem to be moving very slowly, while other things change so fast it’s hard to stay up to date.

Getting ready to fly is no longer simply a question of a quick online booking then off to the airport. For the time being, there are a few more things to bear in mind as we make future holiday preparations.

 

Double Check the Rules and Regs

From all accounts, flying will be a totally different experience from the one we’re used to. Some sources are predicting longer waits at airports and borders, and we can expect more rigorous health checks. Others are predicting a relaxation on the quantity of liquids we can carry because we’re all going to want to take plenty of hand sanitiser.

With the risk of intermittent, localised lockdowns occurring following outbreaks, it will become even more vital to keep a close eye on what’s happening in industry, in aviation, in import and immigration regulations, and in travel restrictions. The phrase ‘new normal’ has firmly entered our language, and these extra precautions are going to be part of that as we start trying to live again.

Keep your ear to the ground, constantly checking what’s happening with your planned flight. Be aware of what’s going on and how it may affect your personal circumstances, and be ready to adjust at a moment’s notice.

Travel insurance is one area to pay special attention to. Some companies are removing pandemic cover so doublecheck exactly what your policy includes and excludes.

 

Review Home Security

Take a fresh look at home insurances too and make sure they’re still relevant, covering everything you need them to. Preparations for making your home secure while you’re away haven’t changed much, but in the excitement of being able to plan a trip again it’s easy to overlook things on the home front.

  • Don’t forget to let neighbours know when you’ll be away and ask them to keep an eye on your place. You could invest in some timers for the lights, so they’ll come on at dusk and create the impression of someone being at home.
  • Check your fences and gates to make sure they’re still in good condition, and double check locks and padlocks. If you don’t normally keep your gates padlocked, now might be a good time to invest in some.
  • Storage is important, so it’s always a good idea to put valuables out of sight so casual passers-by can’t see expensive equipment, ornaments and artworks on display. If you’re concerned about keeping your precious things safe, self storage is a sound option. It’s not expensive, and is quick and easy to arrange a self storage room or locker for a week or two for peace of mind.
  • Don’t forget your pets. You may need to make sure people are allowed to enter your home if you normally use a pet sitter. Otherwise find out if kennels or catteries are open, and make sure vaccinations are up to date.

 

Research Your Destination

Few, if any, places have escaped contact with the virus, and all countries have their own ideas on how to restart tourism and what they expect from visitors. The situation is complicated because often you’ll hear one set of regulations one day, then hear it’s changed the following day. It seems to depend on the perceived risk factor at any given moment. This includes the risk you may be taking to your destination country as well as the risk that the country poses to you.

As we go through recovery, hotspots are likely to move around a bit before things become more settled, with restrictions tightening and releasing depending on the local situation.

Does any of this mean we shouldn’t travel? No, but it does mean we have to get used to a new way of planning and preparing.

Keep up to speed with local and international news, monitor your airline for changes and make sure your paperwork (insurances, passports, health certificates etc.) are up to date. All that done, you’ll be more than ready to fly again as soon as it’s allowed.

It’s so easy to get caught up in all of the madness. I know when I’m preparing for my first trip post lockdown I will be filled to the brim with excitement, but remember to think of the above, in doing so you will save yourself a lot of unnecessary stress and you can truly enjoy your trip wherever it may be.

*This post was sponsored by Big Yellow Self Storage*
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20 Comments

  1. June 12, 2020 / 12:46 pm

    Quite an informative post on how to get around with travelling during post-quarantine life. Things are going to be so different and a big inconvenience for us but it’s for the greater good and its important to keep that perspective. Home safety was definitely worth a mention because we could very well get caught up with paying close attention to the health and safety precautions.

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

    • Holly
      Author
      June 12, 2020 / 7:21 pm

      You’re right, things are going to be so different and I’m already an anxious flyer as it is! Yes, there are so many things we must not forget about when we’re caught up in all the excitement/nerves of a trip following a long period of lockdown! Thanks for reading.

      Holly

  2. Lellalee
    June 12, 2020 / 1:05 pm

    Flying will be incredibly different as we move forward. Thank you for this really useful post, there are so many things on here people would not have considered xxx

    • Holly
      Author
      June 12, 2020 / 7:21 pm

      It will be, I’m not the best flyer as much as I love travelling so who knows what I’ll be like when the time comes. Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

  3. kalliopechasing
    June 12, 2020 / 4:08 pm

    Great post. I was so used to flying before the pandemic, but now I’m going to have to relearn traveling.
    Thank you for thinking of this. I would have completely forgotten to check regulations for my destination when I am ready to travel again.

    • Holly
      Author
      June 12, 2020 / 7:22 pm

      I’m the same (as much as I hate the flying part) so it will be starting from the beginning all over again for me. Thanks for reading!

      Holly

  4. June 12, 2020 / 4:40 pm

    Love this, will be interesting to see people’s views and opinions on this as some people I imagine will jump straight back in again, however some will take their time.

    • Holly
      Author
      June 12, 2020 / 7:23 pm

      Very true – I’m not sure which I will be, I love travelling and would normally jump and impulsively book any trip but I’m not sure I will for a long while.

      Holly x

    • June 14, 2020 / 5:07 pm

      This is really helpful, so much more to think about now. I will be waiting till at least autumn to travel again, though I know a lot of people who are completly scrapping travel this year. Hopefully we can travel again soon and things change for the better!

  5. June 14, 2020 / 5:57 pm

    This is such a useful post – there are so many new things to consider now. I would love to hop on a plane somewhere but it’s so important to know if/when it’s safe to travel again.

    Tash – http://www.agirlwithview.co.uk

  6. June 14, 2020 / 6:00 pm

    This is such a useful post, there’s so many new things to consider now. I’d love to hop on a plane but it’s so important to know if/when we can travel again.

    Tash – http://www.agirlwithview.co.uk

    • Holly
      Author
      June 21, 2020 / 10:02 pm

      Thank you so much for reading, there’s definitely more to consider now. Exactly, I don’t think I’ll be on a plane until next year if I’m being honest.

      Holly x

  7. June 14, 2020 / 9:32 pm

    Definitely traveling will be vastly different. In Some ways, I think it will be a good thing. Last year in April, I flew for the first time and was quite horrified to end up sitting near people obviously coughing and sick. Flying may become safer and more healthy, which is a lovely thing to think of, even if waiting for a plane takes longer.

    I never thought of pet sitters coming into one’s house, so that is something to take under consideration!
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Holly
      Author
      June 21, 2020 / 10:03 pm

      It will be different but I’m sure once we all get travelling again it will become a new normal. I’ve always thought masks on flights should become a ‘thing’ as I’ve caught too many nasty bugs/flus after a flight, and there’s nothing worse than someone coughing beside you the duration of a flight. Thanks for reading!

      Holly

      • June 21, 2020 / 10:42 pm

        You bet! There is a silver lining everywhere.

  8. June 17, 2020 / 12:17 pm

    Hola,

    Very informative post. It’s not easy to travel now with all these restrictions. It is important to check your insurance. A second lockdown wave is not covered by every insurance.

    Adriana

    • Holly
      Author
      June 21, 2020 / 10:04 pm

      Hello! Thanks so much for reading. We aren’t allowed to travel more than 5 miles still at the moment so we are super restricted. I don’t think I will be on a plane for a long time, I’ll probably stick to breaks within my country or within the UK at least.

      Holly

  9. June 18, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    Good tips, I love flying ❤

    • Holly
      Author
      June 21, 2020 / 10:05 pm

      Thanks for reading! I wish I enjoyed flying, I get far too nervous.

      Holly

  10. July 4, 2020 / 9:39 pm

    I love all of these tips about flying again with the pandemic going on. I want to travel but I am super cautious about it.. The last thing I want is to get exposed during traveling. Totally agree with the home security. You don’t want to have anything happening that is out of your control. I hope the virus will die down. Some companies make their employees disclose the places they have traveled to, or at least enforce post-vacation quarantine.

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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