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.
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.
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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