Going on holiday is always exciting, but if you’re like me and leave things to the last minute, panic can set in during those final hours before getting on the plane. Here are my go to things to do before going on holiday:
1. Make sure your passport is in date – actually probably best you check this before you even book your holiday. Some countries require 6 months from your return date, so best check beforehand, especially as passport offices can be particularly busy during certain times of the year. One year my daughter’s passport turned up 2 days before I flew, not something I ever want to repeat!
2. Consider hand luggage only – do you really need 8 pairs of shoes? If you’re trying to save money, taking hand luggage only is a great way to save. The only set back is getting liquids on board, but if you decant your favourite shampoo/moisturiser into smaller pots (100ml or less) you can squeeze quite a few items into the small clear bags. You can also share the allowance with friends. Each person is allowed 1 clear bag, so fill up as many as possible. If you aren’t allowed to take a handbag (EasyJet can be strict on this), grab a duty free bag (they might charge 5p) and put your handbag in that before boarding the plane.
3. Check in online – this might sound obvious, but if you don’t, you could end up with unexpected charges at the airport. In addition, if you have your boarding pass on your phone, make sure you have enough battery to get you through to the plane.
4. Write a list – ok, so I know this is a list, but often there are other bits that need to be done in the lead up to going on holiday (getting money, packing toothbrush, put the bins out etc.). It’s best to write a list and put it somewhere you’re likely to see it, cross off as you have done things, that way it’ll be clearer to see what’s left to do.
5. Empty the fridge – this is from personal experience…green stinky cheese, soggy veg and lumpy milk is not something you want to come back to after a week or 2 away.
6. Pack, unpack then pack again – most people pack way too much, me included! I like to grab all the clothes out on the bed that I WANT to take, sort outfits with shoes, pack, realise I don’t have 14 suitcases, empty the bag and start again. This time working out how many outfits I can wear with each pair of shoes, ditching ones which don’t have multiple wears. I still manage to have a different evening outfit for every night.
7. Turn off unnecessary electrics (air fresheners etc.) – it won’t just save money, but will reduce the risk of fire.
8. Close the windows – most insurance companies won’t pay out if you have left the house unsecured, you are also more at risk of burglary if the windows are open and there hasn’t been any movement in the house for a few days.
9. Ask a friend/family to keep an eye on the house – 99% of the time, there won’t be a problem, but if you did forget to close the window, it’s best to get someone to check the house is safe.
10. Clean the house – the last thing you want to do when you come back from holiday is to clean, but with the holiday washing to do, there will be an inevitable amount, why make it worse by leaving the house in a mess.
Now you should be relaxed enough to enjoy a glass of wine at the airport (yes it is acceptable at 7am!), but keep an eye on the screens, DON’T MISS YOUR FLIGHT!