Whether embarking on your first family holiday to Barcelona, or honeymooning in Bora Bora, everyone must undergo the irksome task of packing their suitcase and sometimes not just their own. For some this can take an hour and others will be packing for days before hand. Most people will remember to bring a bikini or their sunglasses, but some people are very absent minded when it comes to the essential items you need for an auspicious holiday. Surely there’s nothing worse than finding yourself half way to the airport, feeling excited and sanguine, only to realise that your passport is out of date. Remember, failing to prepare is preparing to fail so always put your passport, driver’s license, accommodation and rental documents together for convenience.
An important question should be: does the country you are travelling to require a visa? If the answer is yes, and you haven’t made the necessary arrangements, you can kiss goodbye to your summer vacation. If you are based in the EU, it is highly likely you won’t need a visa for most popular holiday destinations, but it’s not the same for everyone, so it is always good to check.
Insurance is essential. There are so many policy comparison websites available nowadays that it is easy to get all the cover you need at a fraction of the cost you might be paying with a broker. Your health should definitely be a priority when organising a trip abroad. Most holiday insurance packages cover everything from lost luggage to millions of pounds worth of medical cover which simplifies things, so always check the terms and conditions and the details of the cover. In regards to health, you may need to check whether you need any vaccinations or medicines for your adventure.
Don’t leave without first exchanging money. It is all well and good thinking you’ll change money at the airport to save time, but this can result in hefty costs and poor exchange rates. In addition, many less prevalent currencies must be ordered, which can take a day or two, so make sure you are organised in advance to avoid disappointment. Some banks implement a security block on your account when a card is used outside of the issuing country. It only takes a few minutes to call or go into the bank and let them know you are planning on using the card abroad and is vital. If you are particularly nervous about carrying money around with you, you may want to ask your bank about Travellers Cheques.
It is no good paying for checked luggage and bringing every electrical device you could ever need and then not having the adapter plug to use them, so don’t forget to bring the correct adapter plug with you. One piece of advice we’d like to entrust to you is regarding mosquitoes. If you are going to a country with mosquitoes always buy repellent in the destination country. Studies have shown that they all respond differently to different chemicals, so make sure you buy the right one to avoid being bitten every night!
We hope everyone who is going away this summer has a wonderful, problem-free, relaxing holiday and comes back well rested and pampered.