The purpose of vacations is to have a relaxing time. When your next one comes along, you’ll want to go in as stress-free as possible. That involves creating a complete packing list. Let’s go through what you should take into account when packing.
- Check your passport
How much time do you have remaining on your passport? Confirm in advance everyone who is scheduled to travel, in case any passports are set to expire. Some countries deny entrance to travellers whose passports are due to expire in less than 6 months. Obtaining a new passport can take approximately six weeks, while renewal takes roughly three weeks – so it’s important not to put it off until the last minute.
- Check your travel itinerary
Determine your flight timings, including scheduled departure and check-in time, and allow plenty of time to travel to the airport and for unforeseen problems. If possible, check-in electronically beforehand and print your flight tickets, as some airline companies charge a fee to provide a boarding pass at the terminal. Make an additional set and store it separately just in case.
Check the check-in times for your accommodations. If you arrive early, you may have to wait for them to prepare your room.
- Bring enough travel money
It’s crucial to bring cash with you wherever you travel, even if you’re visiting an area that accepts digital payments. You never know when you’ll need it. As a result, local cash is a must-have item for every vacation.
It’s also important not to overpay for travel money. Sort it out as quickly as possible, preferably when the pound is strong versus the foreign money you want.
- Pack your essential items and clothing
Take only what is necessary for the climate in your location and any activities you will be participating in. Remember to have a pen and paper with you — they’ll come in handy in a variety of scenarios, especially if your electrical equipment fails.
When packing, make sure you’re aware of the airport’s weight restrictions for hand baggage and checked luggage. Before you leave, weigh your bags on the weighing scales. If your hand baggage is too large, you’ll have to check it in, which normally involves an additional fee.
- Insure your travel
A good travel insurance policy for everyone in your household should be at the top of your vacation to-do list. It can give further confidence because it may reimburse you for travel cancellation, flight delays, or lost bags and other possessions such as cash. Most significantly, it may cover unexpected medical bills if you require care while on vacation. If you do not travel extensively, single trip insurance is available from insurance companies such as Staysure.