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Tips to get your trip off to a flyer; Flying off on holiday? GEORGIA MORGAN gives you 10 top tips to save money at the airport.

Byline: GEORGIA MORGAN

1 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 among 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 PS18 per extra kilo on long-haul flights, whereas you can save up to 50% when you pre-book.

2 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.

|Don't wait to security. 3 find out what take in your FIND OUT WHAT YOU CAN TAKE IN YOUR HAND LUGGAGE - Having to bin a load of cosmetics and toiletries out of your handbag at security will cost you money. Find out exactly what you can take.

Liquids: | 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.

Personal items: | 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.

electronics: | Electric shavers, travel irons, cameras, hairdryers or straighteners, tablets, laptops, MP3 players and mobile phones are all allowed in your hand luggage.

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 at www.boots.com/en/Help/ Order-todayCollecttomorrow 5 until you get before you you can hand luggage 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.

You are 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.

But 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.

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 PS3.50 per person, which puts you in the fast lane through check-in and security.

7 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, 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.

8 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.

9 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 PS13.50.

10BUY YOUR CURRENCY BEFORE YOU GET TO THE AIRPORT - Don't leave it until the last minute and get your holiday cash at the airport where you are unlikely to get the best exchange rate. Shop around beforehand with sites like Which? or moneysavingexpert.com

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| Don't wait until you get |to security before you find out what you can take in your hand luggage

| Weighing your luggage at |home before you travel could save money, and don't even think about waiting to get your currency at the airport

Tablets are one of the electronic |items that are fine to go in your hand luggage when flying
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