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Holiday Checklist

Whether you're planning a short European break, a sunny family holiday or just looking to escape the daily 9-5, we've put together our holiday essentials in a fantastic checklist. Checklists are great to help organize yourself before you depart, clearly seeing what you have packed and what you still need to buy.

A great thing to do is print off two copies of your checklist (if you're feeling super organized!) so that you have one for pre-travel packing and the other for when you are packing to come back home. All too often, we are so relaxed on holiday that when it comes to the final hours of your holiday there is a mad flurry to get everything done on time... pack the bags, sign out of the hotel, book the taxi, get to the airport on time... and things get forgotten on the way.

Please note: All items listed act as a guide and will be dependent on your chosen destination. You will also need to check your airline's luggage and weight restrictions before packing, as well as what is and isn't allowed on board the aircraft.

Preparation

Begun! Finished!
Research destinations
Research flights
Choose dates
Check passport is valid
Arrange airport parking
Buy a travel guide and language phrasebook
Research local laws and customs
Apply for visa (if needed)
Book accommodation
Purchase travel insurance
Print out tickets and documents
Purchase travel insurance
Print out tickets and documents
Photocopy your documents and tickets - Leave a copy with a friend or family member back home
Print directions from the airport to your accommodation
Call bank to let them know you are going on holiday (so that your cards do not get blocked or cancelled)
Get vaccinations and medical checkup from your doctor (if needed)
Pack

 Packing

Got it! Packed it!
Shorts
Dresses
T-shirts
Trousers or jeans
Underwear
Evening wear
Shoes
Flip flops/sandals
Socks
Jumper
Nightwear
Coat/jacket
Windproof and waterproof rainmac
Gloves/hat/sunglasses (as appropriate)
Swim suit
Sarong

 Technology

Got it! Packed it!
Camera (including chargers)
Travel adaptor
Mobile phone (including chargers)
Currency converter
Watch
Headphones
Travel alarm clock

 Entertainment

Got it! Packed it!
Book or audio book
MP3 Player

 First Aid Kit

Got it! Packed it!
Plasters (including blister plasters)
Bandages
Antiseptic wipes/cream
Mosquito/Insect repellent
Eye wash
Travel sickness tablets
Safety pins
Vitamins
Headache tablets
Tweezers

 Personal Care & Hygiene

Got it! Packed it!
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Facial wipes
Nail scissors
Towel
Lip balm
Sunscreen
Wash bag
Prescription medication (including photocopies of prescriptions & instructions)
Beach towel

 Essentials

Got it! Packed it!
Eye mask
Earplugs
Travel pillow
Passport
Money belt
Travel insurance documents
Flight documents
Accommodation documents
EHIC Card
Breakdown insurance (if driving abroad)
Photocopies of documents
Map or directions
Driving license
Currency
Travellers cheques
Daysack
Other important documents or tickets
Spare plastic bag (for dirty laundry, wet swimsuits and towels, etc)

Do you have anything that we could add to our list? Why not let us know what essential items you have on your holiday checklists so that we can add them on to ours! If you have a friend that would find this helpful, please consider sharing this article with them so that they can be a savvy traveller too!

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