Top tips for your holiday
We’ve all done it – packed too much for our holidays and then found we’ve left the essentials at home! Here are our top tips to ensure you have fun in the sun…
- In the days leading up to your trip, as soon as you think of something you’ll need, pack it there and then.
- Organise your airport parking in advance, and if it’s an early morning flight consider staying in a hotel near the airport before you fly.
- Invest in Shellac nail varnish before you go on holiday – it lasts for two to three weeks and doesn’t chip.
- Zip-off trousers are perfect for travelling in. Keep them long while still in Britain and on the plane with its freezing aircon, but once you’re at your sunny holiday destination, they become shorts – the best of both worlds!
- Pack a travel wash or a Ziploc bag of washing powder so you don’t have to take a fortnight’s worth of undies and T-shirts with you – just wash what you have and they’ll dry quickly in all that lovely sunshine. You can even get pegless travel washing lines.
- Pack a hat – not only is it essential in the midday sun, it will disguise the fact your straighteners and / or hairdryer won’t work on the local voltage!
- Invest in a sarong and a lightweight long-sleeved top for those times when you actually don’t want any more sun on your arms and legs, or if you visit somewhere were you need to cover up, such as a place of worship.
- Pack dry shampoo and a torch – in the height of summer, the water supply in some countries can be erratic, as can the electricity.
- Invest in a worldwide plug adapter – this one from Go Travel can be used in 150 different countries and also has a USB connector.
- Don’t forget your chargers for cameras, video cameras and phones – and consider taking an extra camera battery so one can be charging while you’re using the other.
- Never pack something you haven’t worn before – you’ll only find out those new shoes are crippling when it’s too late.
- Call your credit card company before you leave and tell them where you’re going. While you’re at it, make a note of their international customer service number.
- Always get travel insurance – for your peace of mind alone, never mind any health issues you might get. And don’t forget your free European Health Insurance Card, which is valid in all European Economic Areas.
- Stuff socks into your shoes to save space in your suitcase – they’ll also help your shoes keep their shape.
- Take small packs of tissues with you – not everywhere has toilet roll – and hand sanitisers.
- Take travel sizes of everything you’ll need for your first night/day of the holiday in your carry-on bag such as sun cream, aftersun, toothbrush and deodorant as well as prescription medication and a change of underwear, so if your suitcase goes missing for a day it’s not an all-out disaster.
- You can never pack too many earplugs – and don’t forget the mossie repellant.
- Take a small first aid kit with painkillers, plasters, hydrocortisone cream (for insect bites), decongestant, Imodium (or similar) and rehydration sachets.
- Photocopy your passport, airline information, insurance details and credit cards, give a copy to a friend at home and put another in your bag. Or you can scan the same and email a copy to yourself, bring it with you on a USB flash drive or keep it in the ‘cloud’ for quick access.
- If you’re travelling with under 10s the rule of thumb is to take something new to play with, eat or drink, read or occupy them for every hour of your flight.
- If you’re sightseeing in a big city, take one of the hotel’s business cards with you – when you’re lost and exhausted, you can give it to a taxi driver or use it to get directions.
- Finally, don’t forget your sense of humour and patience – even on the most packaged of package holidays, you will at some point find yourself queuing, waiting, hanging around…
What are your favourite tips for travelling? Why not share them with us below…