We all know how stressful travel can be, whether it’s a holiday, a business trip, or an around the world expedition. It’s often the pre-holiday side of things that is more stressful than anything else, and trying not to forget anything can lead even the calmest person into a frenzy of list making and lack of sleep.
Because of this, below you will find your go-to list of everything you need to do before you go away. Tick it off if you must, but these are the most important things not to forget.
Head to the official consulate of the place you’re visiting to check whether you need a visa to enter, and how long this allows you to stay for. In most cases you either won’t need one, or you can purchase this at the airport, however in some cases you might need to do this in advance.
Never, ever be tempted to travel without travel insurance! It’s simply not worth the risk, and in the event of something going terribly wrong, you’ll be pleased you took a bit of time to sort this out. Whether you go for annual policies, or decide to get single trip travel insurance, you will find all manner of deals online. Simply remember to declare any pre-existing medical conditions.
Talk to your bank
If you’re planning on using your debit or credit card overseas, it’s always worthwhile calling you bank beforehand and putting a travel marker on your cards. Tell them where you’re going, how long for, and when. This will reduce the chances of your card getting blocked if you use it in a cashpoint overseas.
Remember the animals
Cat? Dog? Budgie? Whatever your pet may be, remember to organise their little holiday or look after arrangements whilst you’re away. If you’re not sure where to go, do a bit of asking around and price comparisons as far as kennels etc are concerned, but word of mouth is often the best thing to rely on here.
Cancel the milkman
If you have recurring bills, such as the milkman or newspaper boy, remember to call and cancel these for the duration of your trip.
Around a month before your planned trip, take a visit to your GP and see whether you need any specific vaccinations for where you’re heading, and make sure your regular vaccinations are up to date. You may need anti-malaria medication, and if you do, this should be taken in advance.
Print everything out
Make sure you have all your flight, hotel, transfer, insurance paperwork printed out and any useful phone numbers stored in your phone. It’s also a good idea to leave a copy of your itinerary and a copy of your passport with someone back home, just in case.
These are the major big-hitters you shouldn’t forget, can you think of any others?