With the festive season already a distant memory, many of us are looking forward to planning and booking our first holiday of 2019! Whether you’re hoping to head off in the next half term or you’re saving until the summer holidays, there’s going to be lots to plan, sort and arrange before you set foot in sunnier climes. So, with that in mind, we’ve come up with 6 of the most important things you need to do before you go on holiday – just in case you’ve forgotten!
Read on for a few ideas.
Get your travel insurance sorted.
Whether you need a straight forward policy for yourself or travel insurance for a pre-existing medical condition, your travel insurance is crucial. Whether your luggage gets lost or damaged, your holiday is cancelled, or if you have an injury, fall ill or need to be sent back to the UK due to an emergency – you’ll certainly be glad you took the time to take out that policy. So, don’t leave it to the last minute – make sure you and your loved ones are covered.
Dig out that old passport
Can you imagine getting to the airport only to be told that your passport is out of date? Well, it’s happened before so make sure it doesn’t happen to you. Before you book a flight, or a holiday make sure you can find your passport and that it doesn’t need renewing. That will save many tears at check-in.
Make sure you have all the correct documents
And take them with you! Passports, travel visas, cash, credit card details, driving licenses, boarding passes and even accommodation confirmation – get yourself a plastic folder and get organised. That way you won’t be tipping out your suitcase in the airport, frantically looking for your boarding pass.
Make sure your home is secure
Nothing will burst your post-holiday bubble quicker than arriving home to find you’ve been burgled. So, before you go on holiday, make sure that all your door and window locks work and are secure. Let trusted neighbours know that you’re going away and perhaps they’ll keep an eye on your property for you. You could even invest in light timers for that extra touch of authenticity. If you’re really worried then ask a friend or family member to house sit for you.
Make sure your phone will work!
You might already have a phone contract that allows you to use your phone abroad without limits in certain countries. But before you travel, it’s always best to check that these apply to your destination. You could also go into your nearest store and ask them to demonstrate how to set your phone up to use abroad.
Let your bank know
If your bank suddenly sees your card being used in a foreign country then they might cancel your cards and freeze your account for fear of fraudulent behaviour. So, it’s always a good idea to let them know where you’re going!