Ensure You Enjoy Your Holiday with This Pre-Travel Checklist

September 23, 2018

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Preparation is the key to getting away for your holiday without any stress. Make a list a few weeks before, and tick things off as you so them.

Speak To Your Card Providers
If you use your card in another country and have not told your card providers, you will find that your cards get blocked and you may be stuck without any money until it is sorted.  One phone call is all it takes to let them know the dates you will be away and the country will be in. That phone call could save you a lot of hassles so make sure to do it.

Check Your Passport
You need to make sure that there is at least six months left on your passport at the date you will be returning from abroad. This is something you need to look at quite a while before your trip, so you have time to arrange a replacement if one is needed.

New passports are a lot easier to arrange than they used to be. You can now apply online so that by the time your old passports reaches the authorities, the process of replacing it has already started. Even trying to find cheap passport photos is not the hassle it once was. Apart from the machines in most big shopping centers and supermarkets, photographers also take them quite cheaply. There are certain parameters your photos have to fit to be acceptable, but all the information is online at the passport office website.
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Arrange Travel Insurance
Not all countries will give you medical treatment free of charge, even in an emergency situation.  You need to know you are covered in case medical assistance is needed, but check out the policy carefully as some provide more cover than others.

If you are visiting Europe you should take a European Health Insurance card with you. These are free, and will at least gain medical treatment for anything that is urgent.

Check Your Luggage
Check the weight of your luggage before you travel to make sure it is within the limits specified by the airline or you could find yourself with a hefty bill at the airport. Don’t forget to include such things as phone chargers, any medicines you need and other things such as glasses or contact lenses.

Remember that no liquids over 100ml can go in your hand luggage, so keep containers below that or put them in the suitcase that will be going in the hold.

Double Check Your Flights
Double check your flight times and check in online. Once you have printed your boarding passes you need to keep them safely to hand with your passport. When leaving home, leave more time than you think you need as there could be traffic jams or other delays on your way to the airport.

Now you are ready to fly off on your holiday, just before you leave your home there are a few things you need to do. Hopefully, you will have already disposed of any perishable food items, and let your neighbours know you will not be around. Check that everything electrical has been unplugged. A power surge because of a thunderstorm can still affect things that are plugged in even when they are switched off.

All you need to do now is lock the door after you and go and enjoy your holiday.

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