When going on holiday, I can never totally relax until I’m in the car, train or aeroplane. There’s always so much to plan and prepare before going away that it can often become quite stressful. Checking that you’ve packed everything, that your alarm is definitely going to go off, that you’ve got all your travel documents and that your case will be under the weight limit can be pretty exhausting!
Perhaps it’s just me but I like to make a check list before I go to prevent having a ‘Kevinnnnnn!’ moment like on Home Alone. I feel like I need everything to be ‘complete’ so that I can enjoy my holidays and not be left with a niggling feeling that I may have forgotten to do something.
As people venture elsewhere for Christmas and New Year, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my pre-travel tips on how to be organised and keep your belongings safe whilst you’re away.
- Make a list of the clothes you intend to take, preparing them as outfits to avoid taking too much.
- Make a list of toiletries and electricals including plug adapters, leaving behind any that are already included at your accommodation.
- If you’re travelling with someone else, share your clothes evenly across both suitcases. That way, if one item of luggage gets lost, you both at least still have clothes.
- If towels aren’t included as part of your stay, line your suitcase with them as extra protection for anything fragile.
- Check your luggage is below the weight limit to avoid feelings of fluster and embarrassment at the airport; bathroom scales work just as well if you don’t have a luggage scale.
- Book any health and beauty appointments in advance to get the slot you want and avoid disappointment.
- If you require a taxi, book it the day before to ensure there’s one available and prevent any panic.
- Set more than one alarm to avoid sleeping in.
- Ensure your passport has at least six months left before it expires incase your stay needs to be extended for reasons out of your control.
- Always buy travel insurance if travelling abroad, the majority of the time you won’t ever need to use it but it’s important to have.
- If necessary, apply for ESTA/VISA applications months before you need them to avoid panicking.
- If your holiday requires you to exchange money, check the conversion rates in the weeks leading up to it and always compare the rates at different travel agents.
- Let neighbours know that you’re going away so that they can a watch on your house should any alarms happen to go off.
- If necessary, have a neighbour or family member wave you off into the taxi to look as though someone is still staying at your house.
- Leave a spare key with someone you trust.
- Turn off and unplug any electronic devices.
- Tilt any blinds.
- Set some lights to timers.
- Wash any dirty dishes and empty all bins.
- Throw away any food that may turn bad whilst you’re away.
- Ensure all windows and doors are locked.
- Set a security alarm.
Having a plan and a trusted pre-travel routine can make a big difference. For more information on preparing your home for travel, check out Simplisafe. They’ve designed a travel-friendly wireless security system to ensure your home is protected no matter where you are.
What are your tips to prevent pre travel worry?