My Travel Genie

Things to do before you go away

Going on holiday is meant to be stress free but many of us end up more frazzled by the time it comes to going away because we have so much to do in the run up to that holiday.  We have compiled a checklist below of some of the things you may need to be doing before you go away to try and assist you.  Please feel free to print off and add your own to it.

This first section comes from What to Pack but it’s worth mentioning again.

Organise
Money –
research
exchange
rates and
buy currency (try and get
some smaller change for
tips)
Passports in date?   Also
scan copies
and save
them to a
draft email
(same for all documents) – if they get
lost you can access your
email on
holiday.
E111 in date?
Travel
insurance
bought and
in date?
Airport
parking/
transport to airport or
cruise ship
booked?
Picked up/
printed the
tickets?
Visa needed?Vaccination needed?Hire car
booked?

The rest!

Locked
windows?
TV set to
record?
Cancelled milk/
papers?
Set your
timers for
your
lights?
Turn off un-necessary electrical
devices
and plug
sockets.
Going
away in
the winter? Ask a
neighbour or family
member to switch the heating on for you an hour
before you are due
home.
Order
toiletries
to collect
from Boots after
customs
(avoids
restrictions and weight limits)
Tell your
mobile
provider
you are
going
away and
turn off
data
roaming.
Do you
know your luggage
allowance (don’t
assume
anything!)?
Tell a
trusted
neighbour or family
member
you’re
away and
leave a
spare key with them.
Organised care
for your
pet? (don’t forget to
leave your mobile
number
and vet’s
number
and any
insurance policy
details
with the
carer)
Optional:
change
bedding so you have
nice clean bedding to come
home to.
Ask the
trusted
neighbour or family
member to get you
some milk in for your return
(and leave them
some
money!).
Ironing
complete?
Can your
post be
seen on
your
doormat?
If so,
arrange
collection whilst
away.
Lock all
doors and don’t put
ID tags on keys (i.e.
‘garden
shed’) as
you’re
making it
easier for
burglars!
Complete your
luggage
tags but
never put
your home address on (instead
put ‘C/o’
and then a family
member or friend’s
address.
Do you
need to
check in
online?
Have you
booked
your
airport
hotel?
Have you
booked
your
excursions(it’s often
cheaper to pre-book).
Let your
bank know you’re
going
away as it could stop card
payments on your
account
believing it to be a
fraudulent spend.
Who is
looking
after your plants?
 □Don’t
forget your medical
prescriptio-ns.
Do you
need to
order more contact
lenses to
take with
you?
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