Getting ready to go abroad on holiday is stressful enough with the packing, making sure you've got your passport, changing your money and all of the other organising that you have to do.
And that's all before you even get to the airport.
Then there's where to park, how much will it cost, what can you take on the plane and how many hours before you fly do you need to be at the airport to consider.
Reduce your airport anxiety this summer with these 15 holiday airport hacks
1. Find out what you can take in your hand luggage
You are advised to pack liquids in your suitcase, but if you must take them in your hand luggage each container must be no more than 100ml.
You can also take liquids bought at the airport through security as long as they are sealed inside a security bag when you buy them and the receipt for the item is visible.
You can only take one lighter on board and this must also be in a plastic, resealable bag.
Baby food and milk
If you are travelling with a baby you're allowed to take enough baby food, baby milk and sterilised water for the journey and more often than not, this will be more than 100ml.
Airport staff might need to open the containers to screen the liquids at the security point.
If you're travelling with a musical instrument you must notify the airline in case you need to book an extra seat.
Scissors (with blades no longer than 6cm), disposable razors, nail clippers and files, tweezers, knitting and sewing needles, safety matches and contact lens solution (up to 100ml) are all allowed in your hand luggage.
You're allowed to take essential medication of more than 100ml on board but you must carry supporting documentation from your doctor, or a copy of the prescription.
Hypodermic syringes, tablets, capsules and inhalers are all allowed in your hand luggage as long as you have the appropriate documentation.
Electric shavers, travel irons, cameras, hairdryers or straighteners, tablets, laptops, MP3 players and mobile phones are all allowed in your hand luggage.
You should put all sports equipment into your suitcase as only parachutes are allowed in your hand luggage.
And in case you really need to be told, of course the following are all prohibited:
Blasting caps, detonators and fuses, imitation explosive devices, grenades, fireworks, dynamite, gunpowder, rat poison, corrosives or bleaching agents, pepper spray, toxic substances such as rat poison, biological hazards such as infected blood, bacteria or viruses, and fire extinguishes.
2. Double check your luggage allowance
How many times have you got to the airport with your suitcase weighing 22kg when you're only allowed 18? Check, double check and check again how much luggage allowance you and your party have, and whether it can be shared out amongst you all.
If it seems too low, you can pre-book extra luggage which will save you money in the long run. It varies from airline to airline, for example, Thomson charges £18 per kilo over on long-haul flights, whereas you can save up to 50% when you pre-book.
3. Pre-book your airport parking
At most airports you can book your parking in advance.
If you just turn up and pay you could be hit with charges of as much as double what you'd have paid if you pre-booked. Do some research before you go, and check out Groupon, Wowcher and Living Social for offers on your nearest airport parking.
4. Pre-order your toiletries from Boots and pick them up airside
One of the typical stresses when packing for holidays is remembering what toiletries you need and more importantly, how they're going to fit in your luggage allowance along with all of your clothes.
Instead, pre-order everything you need and get them delivered to an airport store where you can pick them up. Check how many days in advance that you need to order for your desired airport store here.
5. Find out how many hours before you fly you need to be at the airport
Each airport may have varying times, but generally you are advised to get to the airport three hours before your flight time for long-haul flights, two hours before if you're travelling within Europe, and 90 minutes before if you're flying within the UK and Ireland.
6. Book express check-in or fast track passes
If you hate waiting in long queues at the check-in desks, take the express check-in option. Some airports now have express check-in kiosks which you can operate yourself by following simple on-screen instructions.
Other airports have fast track tickets you can buy for as little as £3.50 per person, which puts you in the fast lane through check-in and security.
7. Pre-book your seats
Whether you're travelling as a family, in a big group or as a couple chances are you'll want to sit together. Check if you can pre-book your seats with your package. This service usually becomes available 12 weeks before you travel.
If you haven't got this service included in your holiday package, it is well worth paying for unless you're willing to queue at the gate in the airport in order to be the first person on the plane, and get the best pick of the seats.
8. Buy your snacks before you travel
Airport prices aren't getting any cheaper, and if you or the kids are going to want a snack or two on the plane you should buy these before you get to the airport and put them in your hand luggage.
You can take fruit, vegetables and solid food in your hand luggage, but foods in sauces or with a high liquid content are prohibited.
9. To get through security quicker, get that jewellery off
When going through security you have to remove watches, jewellery, loose change and belts.
So that you don't have to stand there and remove the items once you get to the front of the queue, leave these in your hand luggage until you're through security. And be prepared to remove your shoes too if asked.
10. Weigh your bags at home
So you don't get a nasty shock at the airport, always weigh your suitcase at home. That way, if you're over on your allowance you can take things out and leave them at home rather than having to dump things at the airport, or pay for extra luggage.
11. Pick the left-hand security lane
More people are right-handed, with the impulse to turn right. So pick the left-hand security lanes where there is likely to be shorter queues.
12. If you fear turbulence, get a morning flight
Apparently factors that cause turbulence usually occur in the afternoon, so if you get sick easily or you're scared of turbulence opt for a morning flight.
13. Pre-order your baby milk and pick it up airside
Travelling with a young baby is stressful enough without worrying whether you have bought enough baby milk and if it is taking up your valuable luggage allowance.
Boots has created a click and collect service, just like the toiletries one mentioned above, meaning you can pre-order and purchase your baby milk (and any other items) in advance, and have them delivered to your chosen airport store.
14. If you decide to park at the airport, take a picture
Airport car parks can be huge and it is easy to forget where you've left your car. Take a picture of your parking space and you'll be able to locate your vehicle in no time.
15. Sign up to a VIP Airport Lounge
You don't have to be a frequent flyer to get away from the crowds and enjoy free drinks and snacks in an airport lounge. Most airports have lounges and you can pay for access in advance with prices starting from as little as £13.50.