Hey everyone! Well I don’t about you, but I absolutely love going on holiday. There’s nothing better than counting down the days, planning all the places I’m going to visit and of course the packing! Over the years I have made a list of tips I swear by – hopefully it will help you all too.
Create a Packing List.
There is nothing worse than unpacking in the hotel and find that you have forgotten your most important items (I almost always forget a phone charger or a foreign adapter). That’s why it is best to create a packing list of everything you need – and another one for when you are packing to come home (to ensure you not forget anything).
Check Your Airlines Terms and Conditions.
Checking what your airline provider allows / prohibits makes the whole airport process much smoother. It also means that you do not have to sacrifice the 500ml of hairspray you bought because it was on offer (yes that did happen to me, and yes I was old enough to know better).
Also check the baggage allowances before you go to the airport – if you are found to be carrying more than permitted you may be incurred a charge. I know for a fact that would be a bad start to a holiday!
Check The Weather Before You Arrive.
Keep track of the weather for up to a week before you arrive on holiday to properly prepare for what’s ahead. It also means that you pack the right clothes and accessories.
Take Priority Of Any Essential Documents.
Although this seems particularly obvious, misplacing your passport or boarding tickets can be an easy mistake that can be easily avoided. Keeping them on you is the best chance of not losing them – if you are a panicker like me investing in a bum bag could be a good idea.
Take Out Travel Insurance and Medical Card.
If you are live in Europe and travelling to another European country you may be eligible for a EHIC – which will allow you to healthcare should the worst happen while away. Also, protecting yourself from lost luggage and delayed flights is an absolute must.
Revise Your Itinerary.
It is best to know what your plan is while away, so no time is wasted and you get the most out of the time away. Some places may require tickets, many of which are pre-bookable so make sure what can be booked beforehand is – it just saves time and confusion while away.
Learn Directions to Key Locations Beforehand
Although this seems quite tedious and long, it is best to know the route to the hotel before you arrive on your holiday – most likely you’ll be tired from travelling and want an easy way to catch up on sleep. Also, find out the nearest restaurants, so if you fancy a night of convenience food the option is there for you – without being charged masses for room service.
Bring A Mini Translator / Dictionary
Although many tourist holidays do not require expect top notch linguistic skills, it is best to know a few key phrases. This can allow you to be friendly to locals, but also helps for those that may not speak English.
Remember To Have Fun!
Amidst all the worrying and stress, holidays are time to let your hair down, so enjoy every minute! In some cases it can be a once in a lifetime opportunity so make the most of your holiday and have fun!