Checklist of what to do before you go on holiday

Holidays can be fun and exciting adventures, but only if they are organised with thorough planning. Before you go on your next trip, make sure you have ticked off all the items on our essential checklist:

Make sure your passport is in date

If you are over the age of 16, your passport is valid for 10 years. This has the advantage that you don’t have to change it often, but can make you complacent and forget to renew it. Make sure your passport is valid for both the outward journey and (at least) up to the date you wish to return.

Apply for an EHIC

An EHIC (https://www.ehiccardrenewal.co.uk/an-ehic-card-is-your-most-important-travel-companion/), or European Health Insurance Card, allows you to be treated in state hospitals and medical facilities across Europe at the same price as residents of the country you’re in. While you may hope to not need any medical treatment whilst abroad, unexpected accidents can happen, and it is essential to be prepared. You can apply for an EHIC online here (https://www.ehiccardrenewal.co.uk/).

Gather your travel documents together

You may be travelling with several essential documents for your holiday (passports, EHIC, boarding passes, hotel confirmations, etc.), particularly if your destination required you to apply for a visa. Put all of them together into a plastic folder to ensure that they don’t get lost, and you can easily grab them from your bag.

Check the baggage allowance

There is nothing worse than getting to the airport and facing a hefty fine for overweight luggage. Not how you want to start your holiday! All airlines put their baggage allowances online, so look up how much you are able to take, and plan accordingly.

Tell your bank about your trip

It is essential to let your bank know if you are going abroad. Otherwise, when you use your debit or credit card on holiday, they may label this as suspicious behaviour and stop your card from working. Consider taking at least some currency with you, in case of emergencies like these.

Make sure your house is secure

The last thing you should do before setting off to the airport is to double (and triple!) check that you have locked up your house securely. This includes closing all the windows, locking the doors, and turning on any burglar alarms. For extra peace of mind, ask a friend or family member to check on the house every few days.

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