Things to do before going on holiday

Going on holiday is an exciting time, a chance to relax and escape the rat race for a week or two. However, before we depart, there always seems to be a million and one things to organise. That pre-vacation stress can almost put a dampener on the whole experience. Here is a handy list of things to organise, so you can keep a clear head and feel relaxed before you even head off:

  1. Check your passport

If you need to hunt for your passport and blow the dust off the cover, better do this sooner rather than later. Nothing ruins a holiday like realising your passport expired a couple of years ago. Get it out a couple of months in advance so you can get it renewed if necessary in good time. Remember that if you decide to wing it with only a short valid date left, some countries require that you have a certain period of 6 months before expiry or you won’t be allowed entry. These countries include Turkey, Kenya and the UAE.

  1. Are your documents all up together?

Do plenty of homework in good time, such as the requirement for visas, hotel confirmations, boarding passes and insurance details. Place them together in a plastic folder and include important contact telephone and your passport number, in case you lose it.

3.Luggage allowances

Get yourself some of those handy digital weighing scales for luggage, as there’s nothing more annoying than exceeding your allowance and having to pay extra at the airport. If you do need extra luggage, make sure to pre-book it online.

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  1. Pet care

Our furry friends will also need somewhere to stay while you’re away, so make sure to sort this out in plenty of time so it’s not a rushed decision. For a top-quality Dog Boarding Surrey, visit

  1. Home security

The end to a perfect holiday is not coming home to a burgled home. Always do a walk-around before leaving to make sure windows and doors are locked securely and cancel any deliveries, like milk or newspapers for example. Ask a friend or neighbour to make regular checks, set up lighting timers avoid leaving any obvious signs that the property is empty.

  1. Traffic and parking

Before heading off and during your drive, check the radio for traffic alerts and leave yourself plenty of time to travel to the airport. Book a parking space in advance online for the best pricing for long-term parking stays.

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  1. Plan ahead with travel money

Leaving this until last minute at the airport is a mistake if you want to get the best rates. The best rates are found online, which you can organise delivery of or pick-up of your money. Make sure you know your bank charges for using a credit card abroad, some of which can be horrendous. It’s also important to inform your bank of impending overseas travel. If they spot unusual activity from abroad, they may put a stop on your card, leaving you in an awkward situation whilst on holiday.

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