5 Easy Ways To Prepare For A Holiday

I dunno about you, but I LOVE preparing for a holiday. I find everything so exciting, from the planning and research stages to the last minute holiday shopping – you can guarantee if it’s holiday related, I’m having the best time. As we are now in the middle of July, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you 5 easy ways to prepare for a holiday this summer with tips and ideas that have worked for me over the years.

Travel Insurance

Once you have chosen your dream destination, the first thing you need to do is make sure you have good Health & Travel Insurance. This is one tip which I unfortunately learned the hard way when my ex-boyfriend and I went to Thailand back in 2012. In all the excitement of going to Asia, we selected the wrong travel insurance which only covered us for the UK. Oops. We then headed off on a two week holiday to Phuket which was pretty awesome other than the fact we both picked up influenza which resulted in a £200 medical bill from the hospital. Yikes. So yeah, get the right insurance if you are going to get ill abroad.

Research Your Trip

I’m such a nerd when it comes to planning and organizing and one of my favourite things to do before a holiday is to look at websites like Trip Advisor for holiday tips and suggestions. Prior to a recent holiday to Kos in Greece, we discovered that holiday-makers staying in our chosen hotel suggested bringing a torch. We did this and it happened to be great advice. It turned out there were no street lights walking to the town or beach in the evening so our touch proved to be a very handy addition in our suitcase.

Photograph Your Passports

Your passport is quite possibly your most important travel item as without it you ain’t going anywhere. A good tip is to photograph or scan your passport page and e-mail it to yourself. That way, if the unthinkable happens and you lose your belongings, at least you have a copy of your identity on your phone and in your inbox. For extra points, e-mail it to a close family member so that they have a backup copy if things go wrong on holiday.

Holiday Checklist

In the week leading up to the holiday, I write myself a travel checklist (any excuse to get the pretty notebooks out hey). This list includes everything I need to do and pack before we go. My list usually includes things like get travel money, pack sun cream, travel adapters, don’t forget your flip flops, and other little reminders like that. Before you leave, you can quickly scan through your list to make sure everything is ticked off before you head to the airport.

In-Flight Essentials Bag

On every trip I go on, I always make sure I have an in-flight essentials bag. Before I went to Italy in April I shared a post on what I was taking with me on the flight. This included things like antibacterial hand gel, mini body spray, crosswords, notebooks and sweets. Finally, make sure your phone, iPod and camera batteries are fully charged as there is nothing worse than a flight without music.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my holiday preparation tips and tricks. Are you going on holiday soon? What do you do to get holiday-ready? Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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49 Comments

  1. July 18, 2018 / 9:23 am

    Oh no, so sorry to hear about Thailand, eeek! I do have insurance, we are on a family policy due to Alan’s business travel so, phew, all covered, haha. That’s such a good tip about scanning your passports, I have colour copies which I always pack in separate hand luggage, just in case, but I hadn’t thought about emailing copies to a friend though. Like you, I always try and find out as much as possible about where we’re going so I can be prepared for torches etc. Fab post, super helpful tips, thank you for sharing! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa! 💖 A family policy is such a great idea, saving so much hassle and gives you one less thing to think about. I’ll have look into something like that in the future ☺️. Glad you found the tips helpful lovely! 😘 xx

  2. July 18, 2018 / 10:03 am

    The only thing i tend to worry about is my in-flight travel essentials because my mom does everything else!

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      He he, the in-flight travel bag is very important 😄 thanks for checking out the post Ellie 💖 xx

  3. July 18, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Great post! I have a very similar one up tomorrow for the same company I’d have thought haha! (Yours is better than mine though!) Getting ill in Thailand must have been AWFUL. That literally sounds like my worst nightmare! xxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      Thanks Jenny! 💖 Thailand was definitely an unfortunate experience 🙈. Ooh that’s really cool, I’ll look forward to reading your post tomorrow! 😘 xx

  4. Shaun
    July 18, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    Taking a photograph of your passport page and e-mailing it to yourself is such a great tip 😄. I had never thought of doing that before I met you 😘. Writing a holiday checklist is good thinking too, I always write myself a list of things I must remember to pack ☺️. A brilliant post Bexa 😄😍💖😘 xxxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks Shaun! 💖 I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Checklists are always so handy to make sure nothing is forgotten 💕😍😘 xxxx

  5. July 18, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    What great tips! Thankyou for sharing Darling😄
    I’m sorry about your Thailand mishap, what a shame! But I’m glad you both recovered and can now look forward to future trips! xoxo
    http://www.beautynbrushes.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      Thanks Emily! 💖 It was a bit of an unlucky experience but I’ve never forgotten travel insurance since 😂🙈. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  6. July 18, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    Great tips Bexa! I have no plans anytime soon before November to December! Because I had a trip back in March (Spring vacay)

    Found you on Twitter, got to this post from there! Haha, great catch!

    Xoxo Babita

    http://travelhues.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you so much Babita 💖 Yay! I’m pleased you found my blog on twitter! Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks Tori! 💖 Lists are so helpful and even better if it’s in a pretty notebook! xx 😍💕

  7. July 18, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    Photographing your passports is such a good idea! Thanks for all these travel tips. They’re so helpful. Hopefully, I’ll have time to go on a trip soon!

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 5:56 pm

      Thanks so much Juliet 💖 Glad it was helpful 😘 xx

  8. July 19, 2018 / 11:56 am

    This is super handy to know – thanks for sharing! I’m going on my first adult holiday next Spring and I would have had no idea where to start. You Google it and people start saying different things! But now, at least, I have some sort of idea.

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Thanks so much Kelly! 💖 Glad you found the post useful and hope you have a fantastic holiday next Spring! 😘 xx

  9. July 19, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    Although I’m not going on holiday this year these are some great tips! I love making lists for anything, so a holiday checklist is something that I would definitely do! Xx

    Ashleigh | http://ashleighwrites.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 6:14 pm

      Thank you so much Ashleigh 💖 Lists definitely come in handy when preparing for a holiday. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  10. July 19, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    This is a great post full of helpful tips, I’ve never thought to take a picture of my passport before that’s a great idea! I’ve always loved the preparation for holiday find it all so exciting!! X

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 6:15 pm

      Thanks Aaliyah! 💖 It’s always so exciting preparing for a holiday, glad you think so too! 😘 xx

  11. July 19, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    I wish I’d stumbled upon this BEFORE my traineeship aboard. Even tho I luckily didn’t (and still don’t) have any problems, it would still save me from a headache or while I was getting my stuff together XD

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      Thanks Anja! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post and all the best with your traineeship 😘 xx

  12. July 19, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    Many of my holidays are very spontaneous so not prepared at all and sometimes i wish i was a bit more prepared! I never take travel insurance and that needs to change!

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 6:17 pm

      Thanks Corinne! 💖 He he, yes I learned the hard way with travel insurance and always got it since 🙈😜 xx

  13. July 19, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    Great tips dear, especially as I’ll be going on holiday next month. I also love planning and organising every detail of my trip, it gets me even more excited. I never thought of taking a picture of my passport, that’s a great idea, thanks for sharing!

    Tx. // MusicGeekOnline

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 6:18 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! 💖 Going on holiday next month is so exciting, hope you have an awesome time! 😘 xx

  14. July 19, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    I wish I was like you! I find it so overwhelming planning for holidays. I think it’s probably because I’m not used to it, I always feel like I’m not getting the best insurance/hotel/flight deals, or that I’m going to forget something! I was definitely in need of this lil helpful list, thank you Bexa!
    jenny x | http://www.jennyrosee.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      Thanks Jenny, glad you found the post useful 💖 xx

  15. July 19, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    I’m so sorry you had to learn the hard way for travel insurance, it’s never fun plus I bet it feels even worse when you’re ill away from home 🙁 I also would never have thought to photograph my passport either so thankyou so much for sharing this tip! I’ll be doing that in future for sure! 🙂 x x
    Ellis // http://www.elliswoolley.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks so much Ellis! 💖 I was pretty unlucky to get ill in Thailand but learned a valuable lesson about the importance of travel insurance he he 😜😂. Glad you enjoyed the tips lovely 😘 xx

  16. July 19, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    Yup totally with you on all of this x

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks Rosie! 💖 xx

  17. July 19, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    These are great tips! Thailand has actually been on my list of places I dream of going to. I will definitely keep in mind getting the right Travel Insurance! Thank you for sharing(:

    Nikki O.

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 6:33 pm

      Thanks so much Nikki! 💖 Thailand is such an amazing place, glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  18. July 19, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    Wow, I’ve never traveled abroad and am planning on doing so very soon, but never heard of getting travel insurance! I love the idea of getting advice from travel sites and comments from those who have been to the same places… what a great tip about the torch! I’m definitely keeping these two things in mind for when I travel overseas 🙂

    Amber || mylifeinlimbo.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      Thanks so much Amber! 💖 Glad you found the post useful and hope you have an awesome time when you travel abroad 😘 xx

  19. July 19, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    What a fab post with such lovely images Bexa! I definitely agree with the research point, I do so much research before I visit anywhere new! Xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks Chloe! 💖 It’s always good to do a bit of research before you go. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      Thanks lovely! 💖 That’s so exciting! Hope you have an amazing time! 😘 xx

  20. July 20, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    My favourite part of preparing for my holidays is definitely the researching the area. Not only finding out all the important places like hospitals and banks etc but searching for those little gems to visit. The beaches, buildings and other attractions. So much fun! However I do need to remember to photograph my passport before I go away. So thanks for the reminder!
    Jo | mindfuladventures.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 21, 2018 / 12:06 pm

      Thanks so much Jo! 💖 Researching and finding those little gems is always so enjoyable and exciting 😘 xx

  21. July 21, 2018 / 7:09 am

    This is very useful! I tend to leave everything last minute but this has encouraged me to be better organised!

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 21, 2018 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks Soffy! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  22. July 22, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    Oh my god, £200 for flu?! I have diabetes so getting good travel insurance has never been optional for me, just in case something happened, but that’s so expensive!! Haha, my in flight essentials bag resembles an at home spa kit, got to keep myself busy and my face happy on the plane. It gets so dry I age about 35 years if I don’t constantly apply stuff during the flight. I’ve never photographed my passport before though, that’s such a great tip!! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 5:38 pm

      Thanks so much Sophie! 💖 Ha ha yeah, it was an expensive and unfortunate experience 🙈. I’ve always been careful with travel insurance since though 😂. He he a home spa kit sounds similar, I always take wayyy to much on the flight. Glad you liked the tip too! 💕😘 xx

  23. August 16, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Wow! This is probably the most useful and resourceful guide on how to make holiday preparation hassle-free, Bexa. I am definitely going to incorporate all these tips into my preparation!

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