With summer holidays approaching, you might be eagerly awaiting your summer get-away. Whether you’re taking an all inclusive trip abroad or going on a guided coach tour around Europe. This guide should help you organise all the things you’ll need on your trip.
One of the most important things to remember when travelling abroad is to ensure you have all the necessary travel documents you will need for on your travels. The most important of course being your passport. You will need to ensure that your passport is valid for six months beyond the final day of your trip. Be sure to take any required Visas with you as some countries may require multiple entry visas. Do not forget to take a copy of any travel insurance documents you have and all the necessary details such as phone numbers and instructions on how to claim on your insurance, in the unlikely event that you may need to. Of course you will also need to take any travel related documents such as boarding passes that you will require while travelling.
Make sure to check with the appropriate travel providers what luggage allowances are made where available. In most cases when travelling by plane or coach, there will be strict luggage allowances which will have to be adhered to. In many cases the luggage allowance will be calculated by its dimensions not exceeding a certain size and provided it is of the right size that it does not exceed the maximum weight. If you are flying to your destination you may want to check the restrictions on hand luggage. In most cases hand luggage should be small enough to fit under your seat, or in the provided overhead storage, so do check with the travel company to see if they have any further luggage restrictions so you are sure your luggage is accepted .
What to bring
Make sure you take all the things you will need with you when travelling. This of course includes the basics, such as suitable clothes for the destination and general items, such as toiletries, sunscreen and any necessary chargers and adapters for any electronics such as cameras or phones you might be taking with you. Make sure to remember at least the essentials such as traveller’s cheques or cash that you will need for the trip and any credit cards you may want to take for emergencies. As mentioned before be sure to take all of your traveller’s documents such as holiday documents and tickets in your hand luggage so they are easily accessible when needed.
If you will need any medication while you are away ensure that you take plenty with you. This is especially important as there may be certain countries that have overseas restrictions on medication. For this reason it is important to take an adequate supply that will more than last you the trip. If you are travelling through customs ensure you keep any medication in its original packaging, this will allow customs to verify its contents more easily. Some of the more specific items you will need to bring may be specific to your destination so may require more thought. These could include items such as a walking gear if you plan to be taking walks while you’re away or any additional things you will need such as swimming gear if you will be visiting a beach.
This concludes this quick guide on preparing for your next holiday, hopefully these tips have given you a checklist of things to pack, to make sure that you don’t get any nasty surprises once you get to your destination, leaving you to relax and enjoy your holiday.
Kevin Scott is the MD of Travel 55, Discount holidays and tour operator based in the UK. Travel 55 deal with some of the UK’s leading operators including Shearings, Travelsphere Tours, Leger, Trafalgar Tours, Gold Crest to name a few.