The idiots guide to packing your suitcase.
We’re here to make sure you holiday gets off to a smooth start. From packing all the necessities to leaving your house and pets in safe hands, here’s a little advice on how to get started. Just print off this list and getting ticking…
Let’s begin with your travel documents.
Do you have…Travel insurance and Health insurance? These documents are important and easily forgotten. Don’t fear if not, many companies offer great deals and discounts online. You and your valuables security is only a click away.
Things you CAN’T forget…
(Other forms of identification)
Any necessary visas
International driving license, if you plan to hire a car
Managing your money
Travelers cheques, Foreign currency, Credit/Debit card
To there get there efficiently you will need… The hotel information and directions to your location.
Map, Guide book, Language guide
Things to put in your handbag…
Keys, phone, watch, wallet/purse
Pen , Note book, Pre booked event tickets
Snacks for the plane and things to keep you going… Take the healthy option with some fruit and nuts to nibble on. A good way to keep the sugar levels in order is a piece of chocolate. Crisps and sandwiches are a tasty, quick and easy idea for the flight. Make sure you drink plenty of water (tea bags are also a nice idea for that emergency good morning pick me up).
On most flights you are allowed two bags, one suitcase and then one item of hand luggage. You are permitted to take the hand luggage with you on the flight, so this is where you should store all your important paperwork listed above.
To find your luggage at your chosen destination you will need Luggage tags displaying your identification and Luggage locks (make sure you keep your keys safe).
Pack things to keep you entertained…
Book, magazines, pack of cards, games, cd’s, ipod (or latest gadget), laptop with any necessary cables, camera, with batteries, charger and memory card or films
Things to add to the comfort on the journey…
Earplugs, blanket, pillow
Extras to consider…
Torch, extra batteries, travel plugs, binoculars, travel alarm, travel iron, clothes brush, handy tools such as the bottle opener, address book, umbrella
(Advice for different climates and destinations, only pack what YOU need!)
Socks, underwear, pajamas
T-shirts, shirts, blouse, jumpers
Dresses, Shorts, skirts and trousers
Jackets, rain coat, shoes
Sunhat, sunglasses, swimming costume, beach towel, tie, belt, jewelry (accessories)
Don’t forget you make-up bag! (Or washbag for all you well groomed men.)
Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
Comb and brush
Shaver or razor (and shaving cream)
Aftershave or perfume, deodorant
Shampoo, conditioner, showergel, soap
Feminine hygiene products
Cotton pubs, ball, pad or whichever form of cotton wool you prefer
Keep your hair tame on the trip by bringing along… Hairdryer, straighteners, rollers, tongs, clips, bobbles, and the list goes on…
Keep your health in tact with…
Personal prescriptions, First aid kit,Glasses, contact lenses (with its cleaning solution). Take the usual suspects such as aspirin and parasetamol, tablets for diarrhea, indigestion and laxatives. Stay protected with insect repellant (plugs), suncream and aftersun. Another inconvenience to bear in mind is motion sickness which can easily be fixed with a few travel sickness tablets.
Before you leave the house and begin this years exciting annual vacation complete the ‘safe home’ checklist. Here’s a little reminder of what should be done to ensure you arrive back stress free from your blissful vacation… first of all make sure all the windows are shut tight and locked, there is also the important task of locking the door! (Perhaps leave your keys with a neighbor or friend and let them know you’ll be away for a while having fun in the sun). If you have pets and plants make sure there is someone to feed and water them (perhaps the neighbor). If you’re away for a while then stop weekly deliveries to the house such as newspapers and milk (perhaps the neighbor can pick up your post). Turn off any unnecessary electrical equipment and book your taxi. The holiday can now begin…
Enjoy you stress free vacation. Isn’t it nice knowing everything is organized and in order. Now its time to sit back and relax.