The Ultimate Pre-Holiday Checklist
Are you jetting off on a fantastic getaway soon?
In the excitement leading up to a holiday, it can be easy to forget the little things. However, to make sure you have the most relaxing trip possible, there are some key things you should do in the run up to your break away.
Here is our ultimate pre-holiday checklist to ensure you have all bases covered before you even arrive at the airport.
1) Check your Passport
Don’t forget to check if your passport is in date. Some countries, such as the UAE, require a minimum of six months to be left before the expiry date. Also, it is easy to misplace your passport in the middle of packing. Make sure you leave it somewhere safe and secure so it is easy to find before you head off.
Top Tip: Get ahead of the crowd and bring a photocopy of your passport to carry around with you to ensure you are always covered!
2) Pack your Travel Documents
Always keep all important documents e.g. boarding passes, hotel confirmations and travel insurance details with you while you’re away. It is also a good idea to leave a copy of all documentation at home with someone you trust.
Top Tip: Keep all documents safe and secure for the duration of your trip. Pack them in the order you need them and invest in a document wallet to keep everything together.
3) Purchase Travel Insurance
With the excitement of holiday-planning at the forefront of your mind, it can be easy to forget about travel insurance. Taking out travel insurance will protect you against a whole host of things that could happen while you are away, from unexpected illness to lost luggage and delayed flights.
Top Tip: Always carefully read the terms and conditions of the policy you are thinking of purchasing to make sure it covers all of your needs. The cheapest option won’t always be the most suited to you! (Hyperlink Barrhead Insurance page)
4) Get your Foreign Currency
Although it may seem more convenient, buying your currency on arrival can be costly. Always purchase your currency before you get to the airport, as the conversions there tend to be high. Did you know you can pre-order foreign currency at 0% commission with Barrhead Travel?
Top Tip: Always look up the conversion rates of your currency and research the cost of activities in your destination. This will give you the clearest idea of how much money you will need to enjoy your trip away!
5) Book your excursions
We’ve all been there: you arrive at your destination to visit the attraction that’s been top of your list, only to find endless lines of people or a total sell-out. Book your excursions early to beat the queues and have the best experience – not to mention potential discounts for being ahead of the game.
Top Tip: Book tours and excursions with Barrhead travel when booking your holiday to ensure you get the best value deal on the market. You can add on attractions to your booking any time before you travel.
6) Organise your Transfers
Whether you are hiring a car or simply need a lift from the airport to your destination, booking your travel in advance can save a lot of money and time when you arrive at your destination – which means more time sightseeing! Waiting until you arrive at the airport could result in there being no cars available or a very expensive taxi ride.
Top Tip: Always make sure you have a credit card for the payment of your car hire. Very few countries will accept debit cards, and those who do will add on huge insurance costs.
7) Research Visas
Some holiday destinations will require a pre-arranged visa upon entry. These can take several weeks to process, so applying for this in advance can remove any last-minute worries before your departure.
Top Tip: Reckon you’ll be travelling to the same destination more than once in a short time? Purchase a longer-lasting visa to save money and time before your next departure.
8) Get any vaccinations
If you are heading away on an exotic adventure, there may be some vaccinations you need to get before you jet off. Visit your doctor a few months before departure as some vaccinations need to be administered a couple of weeks before arrival.
Top Tip: Carry your vaccination records with your other travel documentation in that trusty plastic folder. This means you will always be prepared if someone needs to see them!
9) Check your luggage allowance
This may seem like an obvious thing to do, but all airlines have differing luggage policies, so research who you are travelling with before you fly so you aren’t caught out. The last thing you want in the excitement of going on holiday is a fee for an overweight or oversized bag!
Top Tip: Get yourself some digital luggage scales so you are clued up on exactly what your bags weigh – before you even get to the airport. These are cost-friendly and portable – what’s not to love?
10) Make a Packing List
It can be very easy to either over or under-pack if you leave it until the night before. This means that when you arrive at your destination you could find yourself missing that perfect outfit – or worse still, your power adapter. Making a list in advance removes this worry and ensures you have everything you need for your perfect holiday.
Top Tip: There are lots of sample packing lists online that can act as your guide. No matter what type of holiday you are going on, help will be available to ensure you don’t miss anything!
Are you dreaming of jetting away on an unforgettable trip? Book with Barrhead Travel for your best holiday yet.
Edited by EmmaG@BarrheadTravel