We are well and truly in holiday season, with many people looking forward to jetting off just as soon as the kids finish school, so now is the time to start the preparation to make sure your holidays pass without incident, giving you the best possible experience and a time of making memories that are all good.
Bupa Global, who specialise in Travel insurance, are currently running a campaign about how to prepare for your holiday this Summer. They have asked me for some of my key travel preparation tips to ensure your holiday runs smoothly.
- Don’t leave all the packing until the last minute. I start packing the week before I travel and do a little bit each day so that I don’t forget anything. Making a list of things to pack is also a good idea, tick things off as they go into the case. Leaving packing until the last minute and throwing everything in is a real recipe for disaster.
- Get some scales to weigh that case. Airlines are much stricter on case weight these days, and you don’t want a big fee at the airport, so get a set of case scales and weigh your case yourself before you leave for the airport and it is too late.
- Sort out your travel insurance. You never know what is going to happen, you could fall ill on your holidays, have an accident, or your luggage could be lost. Having a good level of travel insurance is important to cover any eventuality and to give you some piece of mind. Make sure you pack your documents in your hand luggage and have the emergency number stored in your phone and written down somewhere.
- Book your taxi. If you are traveling to the airport in a taxi, try to book this a week or two before you travel. Ring to confirm two days before you travel and make sure you have a contact number for when you return to the UK – you don’t want to be stranded at the airport in the middle of the night.
- Shop around for the best rate for currency. Many places now allow you to order your currency online and you can get a far better rate, so it is definitely worth shopping around rather than just heading to your usual travel agents or Post Office.
- Check out inoculations if you are traveling further afield. I have traveled to Thailand and Malaysia in the past and needed a range of injections before traveling. Make sure you have these if they are needed, you don’t want to leave yourself at risk of picking up something nasty whilst you are away.
Holidays are to be enjoyed, so make sure you follow these tips to ensure the best time ever.