Whether you’re planning a short getaway in the city or making your travel dreams a reality, the last thing you want is for you to forget to do or check something and have that spoil your entire holiday. There’s a lot of things you may need to remember, so here is a short list, to ensure you’ve got all of the essentials sorted.
Check Passport Date
In addition to actually knowing where your passport is, and remembering to take it with you on your journey, you must also check its expiration date. Many countries require you to have a set amount of months left on your passport, for example, Turkey requires needs you to have six months left. Make sure this is checked before you even book your holiday, so that you don’t end up arriving at the airport, and not being allowed to fly anywhere.
Know Your Luggage Allowances
Regardless of how often you fly, you must always check the luggage allowances for your break. Different airlines have different policies in regards to how much luggage you’re allowed and how big your bags and suitcases can be, and some may have changed their policies recently, and you may not know about it. If you can’t fit everything into one case, most airlines allow you to add extra cases for a small fee, so don’t get caught out with an overweight suitcase at the airport.
Know Your Cycle
Your period can affect many aspects of your life, especially when you’re on holiday. You may not want to go swimming, partake in activities that you have planned, or may simply feel sick and have cramps the entire time, which isn’t fun in any way. If your holiday plans to fall on that week, you don’t have to endure it. You now have a solution. Period delay pills are exactly what they say on the tin, and can delay your period until after you return from your break, which can make your time away a whole lot more relaxing.
Have All Your Important Documents
There is a lot of documentation that you need to take on holiday with you, so ensure you have it all when you leave. Driving licenses, boarding passes, hotel confirmations, health insurance cards, and visas all fit into this category and should be kept together and organised, perhaps in a folder or a plastic wallet. Make a note of any important numbers and addresses too, in case they are needed for any reason. It’s always a sensible idea to have the name of your hotel, written in the language of the country you are visiting, on a piece of paper, in case you can’t find a cab driver that can speak English.
Make Sure Your Home’s Secure
The last thing that you want after a relaxing break away is to return home and realise that you have had a break in. To reduce the chance of this happening, and to make sure that your home insurance is valid if you are the victim of a break in, ensure that all of your windows and doors are properly closed and locked. You may even want to invest in security cameras or house alarms if you’re leaving for a while. It would also be a sensible idea to get a family member or a neighbour to check on the house every now and then, water the plants, and move any letters or deliveries.
Plan Your Journey To The Airport
It’s always best to know well in advance how you are getting to the airport on the morning of your departure (and how you are getting home when you return). If you are asking a friend or family member to drop you off, it’s always polite to ask them in plenty of notice, so they don’t make any plans beforehand or feel as though you’re springing it on them. If you are driving, you need to book your car parking space in advance, to ensure you don’t end up paying through the roof. For both of these, you need to leave with plenty of time to spare, in case you get stuck in traffic and end up missing your flight. If you’re traveling by train, booking well in advance is likely to get you the best prices here too.
These are some of the most important things that you need to remember before going on holiday. As long as you remember these, your holiday should be relatively stress-free, meaning that you can enjoy your trip a whole lot more.