Airports are difficult to navigate at the best of times, especially if you’re an infrequent flyer or perhaps a complete novice – but navigating one of London’s busiest airports can seem particularly daunting if you’re not used to flying in or out of the capital. Yet Gatwick is well placed for a number of flights, whether business or pleasure.
Here are some handy tips if you’re planning on taking a flight in or out of Gatwick any time soon.
Prepare Yourself for a Smooth Security Process
As Gatwick is an extremely busy airport, anything which can be done to make your journey through security quicker will be hugely beneficial – not just for you, but also for the other passengers waiting.
Remember to prepare yourself in the following ways:
- Have your boarding card out and ready for inspection so that you don’t waste time trying to find it in your bag
- Have all liquids under 100ml in a transparent plastic bag ready for inspection (it helps if you hold the bag or get it out ready instead of keeping inside your luggage)
- Remove your coat or jacket, and try to wear non-bulky or padded items which may promote a longer assessment
- Take out all electrical items and lay them out separately
- Wear easy-to-remove shoes just in case
Consider Your Luggage Requirements
Your journey through Gatwick – as with any airport – will be significantly easier if you can manage to take only cabin luggage and avoid checking in a suitcase. Some holidays call for very little luggage like a fitness retreat which may ensure that all your requirements are taken care of for you, such as a Phuket Fitness Holiday from Ultimate Fitness, and even include airport pick up, which is ideal if you’re flying from Gatwick and need a pick up on the other side.
With this in mind, you should think carefully about your destination and what you need to pack – if a cabin bag will cut it, then this is the most convenient option.
Know Your Terminals
Gatwick has two terminals, which are the North and South terminals. It’s always a good idea to check your departure terminal in advance by looking at your booking confirmation. Be aware that transfer between terminals is via an inter-terminal transit option, which operates all day long.
Don’t Forget Your Refreshments
Gatwick is home to plenty of restaurants and drinking options, so it’d be rude not to! International travellers will recognise firm favourites like Starbucks, and there’s also quintessentially British options like Nandos and The Red Lion.
Make sure that you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to scout out the great food and drink establishments.
How to Get to and From Gatwick Airport
Gatwick isn’t positioned in central London, so it’s handy to plan how you’re going to travel to or from the airport before your trip. Driving in London can be difficult, so you may prefer to travel via Gatwick Express, which is the main rail link from central London to the airport.
You can also travel via Southern Railway or even by bus, which is the cheapest option by far.
Of course, if you do want to brave the London traffic, you can drive the 28 mile journey to Gatwick from the south of London.