The whole point of a holiday is relaxing, am I wrong? How many times have you rushed out the door, worried about missing your flight, and ended up forgetting something vital? Here’s a holiday checklist to make sure everything goes to plan, and you can enjoy your vacation in peace!
1 month before traveling abroad
- Entry visas – Many countries require you to have a valid entry visa before crossing their borders. Check with your tour operator, or on the country’s embassy website to make sure you don’t get turned away on arrival.
- Make a will – Ensure your loved ones will be taken care of should the worst happen while you’re abroad by arranging your affairs before you depart. Great advice on why, and how, you should make a will can be found on the Saga Legal website and also on the the gov.uk website.
- Passport – Check it’s valid until at least the day you return home, bearing in mind some countries may require at least six months beyond that. If you need to renew it the process can take several weeks, so don’t leave it until the last minute.
2 weeks before travel
- Accommodation and in-resort travel – It’s always worth firing off a quick email to your hotel to check your reservation details and avoid any nasty surprises. If you need to hire a car while you’re away, giving yourself a few weeks to research the best deal is also a good idea.
- Insurance – Spend a bit of time looking for the right type of insurance for your needs – if you’re skiing, or taking part in any other kind of adventurous activity, you need to be certain you’re well covered. Prices can vary dramatically so get quotes from a few companies besides your usual provider.
1 week before travel
- Currency – It’s best to arrange a combination of traveller’s cheques and cash, as well as a credit card for emergencies, on holiday. If you leave it until you’re at the airport you’re unlikely to get a good deal.
- Prescription medicine – If you need a certain type of medication that may not be on sale at your destination, be sure and stock up beforehand.
- Make your home secure – Sadly it’s common for people to have their holiday ruined when they come home to find they’ve been burgled. Check all your door and window locks, and that your burglar alarm is functioning properly.
If you live in an area prone to flooding and are travelling during the winter months, ensure items of financial and sentimental value aren’t on the ground floor.
- Tell the bank – You could find your card is blocked if you try and pay for something or withdraw money from a machine outside Europe, as your bank may think it’s been stolen. Save time and hassle by popping into your branch to advise them of your travel plans.
Day of Departure
- Turn off the oven – Possibly the most common worry among holiday-makers is forgetting to turn off something like the oven, the iron, or the taps. Double-check, because it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Leave food out for pets – Especially if you own a cat and an automatic fish feeder.