A Long awaited Holiday is something to really look forward to and enjoy.
But there is always a lot to do before you leave, and forgetting things can mean spoiling your trip. A little forward planning can make sure you have a fun filled, relaxing, and enjoyable holiday. So here are a few tips that will make any holiday run smoothly.
Things to do well before your departure date:
- Make sure you have all the paperwork you need – if you’re going overseas you need a valid passport. You also need to make sure you have any visas or applications/fees paid well before you leave.
- Organise travel insurance.
- See your doctor about vaccinations and medications you might need.
- If you have pets book them into a kennel or ensure you have a friend or family member that can look after them while you are away.
- Prepare a packing list (feel free to click here and use this one).
- Ask a neighbour or friend to collect your mail and check your house regularly.
- Make sure your house can be secured. Even if you have someone checking it, you need to make sure it locks up and isn’t an easy target.
- It’s also a good idea to research your destination and register your trip on www.smartraveller.gov.au (for Australians).
- Consider your methods of communicating with home while you are away. Mobile phones can be costly so make sure to pre-plan your trip. A great option can be to turn off international roaming and just connect your smart phone to wifi when possible.
- Let your bank and credit card companies know where you will be going. You don’t want to be in another country only to have your money disconnected.
A few notes on Packing:
You are allowed to carry 2 bags on flights, there are weight and size restrictions depending on the company you fly with. One of these bags needs to fit under the seat in front of you, and the other in the overhead area.
Research your location and the expected weather. If you know what you plan to do while you’re away this will help you plan what you will need to wear each day. There is no point packing your best outfit for dinner and a show if you are going camping.
A few items you will want to have in your carry on:
- Hand sanitizer
- A book or e-reader
- Lozenges (for a ticklish throat)
- MP3 player and noise cancelling earphones.
It is a good idea to make sure you have all the items you will need before your trip at least 2 weeks before you plan to leave. The last thing you want is to leave the lot until the night before only to realise your bathing suit no longer fits and you only have one good jacket to take with you.
Plan your outfits and don’t pack anything with the justification of ‘just in case’. This is what leads to packing too much!
For some great hints on choosing the right bag, packing your toiletries, or even just fitting it all into a carry on bag for a 10 day trip! Check out some of these awesome videos.
Don’t pack anything you have never worn before. This is doubly true for shoes, make sure they are worn in and comfortable before you pack them, you don’t want blisters on your trip!
If you’re travelling domestically get some cash out from your bank. You will be prepared for places that may not take cards and save on fees for using other banks ATMs. Similarly if you are going overseas arrange some of their currency in advance so that you are prepared when you get off the plane.
For a detailed packing list for up to 14 days worth of items, why not try this clever website: http://www.budgetdirect.com.au/packinglist/
Things to do the day before you leave:
- Clean out your fridge so that nothing will go off while you’re away.
- Same goes for your bin. Take any rubbish outside to your bin, you don’t want to come home to a smelly bin.
- Go over your packing list and make sure everything is packed and ready to go. This is your final check, so don’t look at unfinished items and think ‘I’ll do it later’.
- Set an alarm and a back up alarm if you need to wake early for a flight, or you plan to beat traffic and start driving early.
- Make sure any electrical items you are taking with you are fully charged and ready to go.
- Turn off as many appliances at the wall as possible. Check each room and turn off items that wont need to be on.
- Call your airlines or check that your flights are all on time online.
- Remove anything you wont need from your wallet and put it safely somewhere (that you wont forget!).
- Make sure all of your bags have your contact information on them.
- If you can, pack the car ready for the next day (good time saver).
Things to do on the day you leave:
- Slowly walk through the house and double check everything is locked and appliances are off. Do it slowly so that you don’t drive yourself crazy later wondering if you did it or not.
- Leave on time.
- Have fun, you’ve made it!